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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Tag Archives: Light Rail

August 20, 2017
Southwest LRT Passes Milestones, But Gets a Wall

The Metro Transit staff that has been holding the Southwest Light Rail Transit project together through years of problems passed two major milestones this week. And yet, what most people want to talk about is a wall. A really big wall.

August 13, 2017
The Possibilities and Challenges for Nashville’s Light Rail
The Tennessean

As Mayor Megan Barry’s administration pursues the first spoke of a light rail system in Nashville, a new report shows how the entire five-corridor network could work, what it might look like, and where Metro faces construction and right-of-way challenges.

August 8, 2017
San Fernando Valley’s Orange Line May Become Rail
Curbed L.A.

It’s been called a quiet success story, a transit model for other U.S. cities to emulate, and one of the most successful bus lines of its type in the country. So why is it being considered for change?

August 7, 2017
July 31, 2017
July 27, 2017
TransitCenter’s City to Watch: Dallas

Dallas’ transit agency, DART, may be poised to change its decades-long priority of building suburban rail at the expense of city transit service.

July 23, 2017
July 17, 2017
July 16, 2017
Baltimore’s Bus Revamp Revives Anger Over Lost Light-Rail
Washington Post

Lingering anger and frustration over the Red Line project’s demise have resurfaced this summer as the Maryland Transit Administration has launched BaltimoreLink, a $135 million redesign of the city’s state-run bus system.

L.A.’s Fastest-Rising Home Values Along Metro’s Crenshaw Line
L.A. Weekly

Since the Metro began construction on the Crenshaw Line in January 2014, the highest rate of increase in home values citywide has occurred in areas of South L.A. immediately adjacent to the light-rail line, according to data compiled by the real estate website Trulia.

June 28, 2017
As Dallas Debates Expansion, Council Reshapes Transit Board
Texas Tribune

In rare move, the Dallas City Council replaced half of its appointees to one of the state’s largest transit boards as city officials push for more investment in improving bus service over building out its regional rail network.

June 27, 2017
Downtown L.A. Streetcar May Be Pushed Back To 2021

It goes without saying that public transit projects are subjected to a number of hurdles before they become a reality. That’s no surprise, but one project that aims to bring a streetcar to downtown L.A. has been hit with an especially bumpy ride.

June 20, 2017
DART Vote Opens Old Wound Over Urban, Suburban Rail
Dallas Morning News

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit meeting Tuesday started as an effort to organize financing for a suburban commuter rail line, but turned into a showdown between Dallas and the suburbs over which major project should be the greater priority.

June 19, 2017
June 18, 2017
Why the K Street Streetcar Will Succeed, if DC Builds It
Greater Greater Washington

If DC extends the streetcar west to downtown and Georgetown, it’s going to be more like light rail, much faster, and more reliable than the H St. line. It would be the linchpin for making streetcars in DC a success overall, and would become one of America’s best surface rail lines.

June 15, 2017
June 11, 2017
Las Vegas To Seek Funding For New LRT Line
Las Vegas Review Journal

Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the green light this week for officials to seek funding to build a light-rail line that could cost up to $705 million and carry passengers from McCarran International Airport to downtown Las Vegas as soon as 2023.

June 6, 2017
MD Replaces Transit Chief Amidst Purple Line Problems
Washington Post

Maryland’s transit chief has been replaced just as the state is trying to save its light-rail Purple Line project from a federal lawsuit and is preparing to launch a revamped bus system in Baltimore.

May 23, 2017
Md. Governor Accuses Purple Line Judge of Conflict
Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has publicly criticized a federal judge weighing whether to allow the state to begin building the Purple Line, saying the judge is biased because of where he lives and his wife’s connection to a group that has opposed the light-rail project.

May 11, 2017
May 8, 2017
Charlotte Wants To Plan For New Light Rail Lines
Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s transit service already has a bold plan for a $6 billion expanded transit system that would take residents to the airport, Lake Norman and Matthews. Potential consultants for part of the project take that even further.


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