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Tag Archives: Light Rail

January 24, 2017
Aspen Officials Hear About Possible Light Rail Line
Aspen Times

The first bits of information from a recently authorized, nearly $500,000 study of the Entrance to Aspen were presented to area elected officials last week, with the chief focus on the particulars of a light-rail system.

January 23, 2017
December 14, 2016
VA Beach Considers Using Light Rail Money for Stormwater
The Virginian-Pilot

Stormwater needs nearly half a billion dollars. One way to find that kind of money? Dip into the tax revenue that was collected for the light-rail project, which voters rejected in a November referendum.

How to Lower Miami-Dade’s $6B Transit Bill
Miami Herald

Bringing light rail to Miami-Dade’s suburbs could top $6 billion, a price tag so high that transportation planners say it probably makes more financial sense just to expand the existing Metrorail system on street-level tracks.

Denver’s Unwalkable Rail Network, Visualized
Streetsblog Denver

Denver could use its transit system to deliver all these benefits, but the way RTD’s rail system is set up undercuts that potential. Part of the reason is that our frequent, dependable rail services don’t always serve population centers.

Seattle Sells $477M in Green Bonds to Fund Light Rail
Progressive Railroading

Sound Transit has completed the sale of $477 million worth of “green bonds” to help fund voter-approved regional transit projects, including building more than 90 miles of light-rail extensions.

December 13, 2016
Miami Beach’s Light Rail Push Stalls Amid Opposition
Miami Herald

The fast-moving plan to build two miles of light rail on South Beach’s streets could slow to a crawl this week after it encountered mounting public opposition and the urgency of a once-eager City Commission begins to erode.

December 8, 2016
Measurements of Light Rail’s Impact on House Prices Are Uneven
Next City

A new working paper from the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank asks whether Virginia Beach is missing out on economic benefits by comparing housing prices along the Norfolk Tide and the proposed but unbuilt Virginia Beach extension. But they found a huge net loss.

December 6, 2016
December 4, 2016
Vancouver’s Evergreen Line Light Rail Extension Opens
Vancouver Sun

The Evergreen extension extended the Millennium Line by 11 kilometres and six stations. The line now runs from VCC-Clark station in East Vancouver to Lafarge Lake-Douglas in Coquitlam, via Burnaby and Port Moody.

December 1, 2016
November 29, 2016
Charlotte Streetcar Advances With $134M in Contracts
Charlotte Business Journal

It took longer than expected, but the city finally has a contractor to build the 2.5-mile extension of the streetcar line. And, soon, it will have a fleet of modern streetcars to carry passengers along the expanded route.

13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s Transportation Research E-Circular 213: 13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference: Transforming Urban Areas documents the papers and discussions from a conference that took place on November 15–17, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

November 28, 2016
Seattle Advocates: 25 Years Is Too Long for Transit Expansion
Next City

Though the vote was less than a month ago and Sound Transit’s second phase of construction is slated to last until 2023, some Seattle transit advocates are already floating the idea of running another ballot measure – in the hope that it will speed up ST3’s delivery timeline.

November 17, 2016
November 16, 2016
VA Beach Back to Transportation Drawing Board
The Virginian-Pilot

After voters rejected light rail, the City Council is heading back to the drawing board to figure out future public transportation. One thing is clear: Finding a solution will take some time.

November 10, 2016
November 9, 2016
Transport Secretary Tells VA Beach To Stop Light-Rail
The Virginian-Pilot

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne has told state officials to stop all work on the Virginia Beach light-rail project, according to a letter sent Wednesday morning to Mayor Will Sessoms.

November 8, 2016
Fast-Tracked Miami Streetcar Could Cost a Premium
Miami Herald

A fast-tracked streetcar project has left Miami Beach in a tough negotiating position as it prepares to spend a year hashing out an estimated $244M contract to build what could be the first piece of rail that would ultimately connect to light rail on the mainland.

November 7, 2016
November 6, 2016
Cutting Metro’s Hours Could Hurt MD’s Purple Line
Washington Post

Permanently cutting Metro’s late-night service could hurt Maryland’s Purple Line project by prolonging a lawsuit that has already delayed construction of the light-rail line, a Montgomery County Council member said Thursday in a letter to Metro officials.

Wilshire Boulevard Could Help Transform Car-Friendly L.A.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles built Wilshire Boulevard as a majestic path for the automobile, and perhaps no place reflected that grandeur more than the Miracle Mile. Now, with high-rises, mixed-use buildings, and a light rail line, Wilshire could signify the beginning of a different L.A.

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