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Tag Archives: Light Rail

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.

May 7, 2017
Detroit Should Celebrate Its Light Rail, Push For More
Detroit Free Press

The debut of the M-1 streetcar line, set for Friday, reminds us at once of everything that’s wrong, and everything that could be right, in our 40-year history of losing efforts to bring rational transit to our area.

May 4, 2017
Only 6 Cities Deserve Rail Funding, According To Renn
Streetsblog USA

The problem is that, by ignoring the way many of those “legacy cities” got their rail systems in the first place, Renn’s proposal would cut off transit’s nose to spite its face, and needlessly condemn American cities to car dependence in the process.

May 1, 2017
New Federal Budget Funds Twin Cities’ SW Light Rail
Minnpost

The budget compromise to fund the federal government, reached over the weekend in Washington but still pending final approval by lawmakers, had one detail of particular interest to Minnesotans: it includes funding for the Southwest Light Rail project.

April 30, 2017
April 26, 2017
Nashville Mayor Commits To Rail, Initiates Public Funding Vote
The Tennessean

Mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday kicked off a legacy-defining campaign to urge voters to approve funding for a comprehensive transit system and committed to moving ahead with light rail on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike as the first spoke of a $6 billion multi-decade regional effort.

April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017
April 19, 2017
April 17, 2017
Moving On From the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar
Streetsblog NYC

The de Blasio administration has already come up with better ideas than the streetcar to improve streets and transit — the mayor just needs to make them a higher priority.

April 16, 2017
April 12, 2017
April 11, 2017
Seattle’s Transportation Transformation
Urban Land Institute

Today in Seattle, you can stand on Third Avenue between Pike and Pine streets, a few blocks from the convention center, and watch 200 buses an hour pass by during the peak. Light rail is being expanded both above and underground.

April 10, 2017
The Long Road to Light Rail in the Twin Cities
Streets.mn

From the first expression of interest to the actual hauling of passengers, the gestation period for light rail transit in Minneapolis/Saint Paul turned out to be 44 years.

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