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Tag Archives: Light Rail

April 30, 2013
Edinburgh Tram Shelters Won’t Stop the Rain

IN some cities they are a luxurious waiting area with temperature controls and even padded seating. But when tram shelters finally line the streets of Edinburgh, passengers can expect to feel the full force of the 

April 29, 2013
Central Corridor Begins Vehicle Testing
Twin Cities Finance and Commerce

There was a noticeable sign of progress on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line on Sunday: the first light rail vehicle to hit the tracks was dragged from Minneapolis to St. Paul by a tow vehicle.

A New Transit Deal For Scarborough in Toronto?
Torontoist, Steve Munro

Everyone’s now re-debating the subway vs. LRT question, but true fairness and sensible transit planning for Scarborough demand that we think about a whole network for the area, not just one line.

April 28, 2013
April 25, 2013
City Ponders Leasing Airport to Raise Rail Cash
Austin American Statesman

Austin could lease its airport to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for urban rail under a proposal that Mayor Lee Leffingwell and top city officials have been quietly exploring for more than six months.

April 24, 2013
Salt Lake LRT Network 2 Years Early, $40M Under Budget
Salt Lake Tribune

Riding high from this month’s celebratory airport TRAX line launch – completed two years early and $40 million under budget – the Utah Transit Authority crossed a host of other items off its to-do list Wednesday

April 23, 2013
Bellevue City Council Approves Light Rail Route
Seattle Times

The Bellevue City Council took a historic step Monday night, endorsing a route for Link light-rail trains more than four years after voters approved higher sales taxes to build three suburban lines.

April 22, 2013
M1 Gets Final Environmental Approval From Feds
Detroit Free Press

The federal government gave its final environmental clearance Monday for the M1 Rail line to begin its work to build a 3.3-mile streetcar line on Woodward between downtown Detroit and the New Center area, a move that the rail line’s leader called a significant step forward.

April 21, 2013
April 16, 2013
Maryland Presses for Federal Support in Building LRT Systems
Baltimore Sun

Backed by an affirming legislative session and soon to be flush with transportation money, state officials went to Washington on Monday to assure the administration that Maryland has both the means and the will to build two light rail systems.

April 14, 2013
April 11, 2013
Boston Wants YOU to Design New Transit Map
The Atlantic Cities

You don’t have to be a professional designer to point out some of the flaws in Boston’s transit map. The five-legged Green line is too cramped to fit all the station names.

April 10, 2013
Seattle Mayor Wants to Speed Transit Studies
The Stranger Slog, via: Robert Cruikshank

At a press conference today in Fremont, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proposed $800,000 in supplemental budget spending to accelerate planning of two transportation projects.

Norfolk to Naval Station Transit Study Begins
Hampton Roads Transit

Hampton Roads Transit has issued a notice to proceed to HDR Engineering, Inc. to begin a study of possible high-capacity transit alignments between The Tide light rail and the Norfolk Naval Station.

April 9, 2013
Invasion of the Light Rail Aliens
Raleigh Metro Magazine

Call it an act of God. A visiting planning and public policy expert at UNC from Rutgers, with 40 years of experience in the field, told that the Triangle does not fit the requirements for rail transit, especially Raleigh.

April 8, 2013
MN Gov Opts for Sales Tax Over Bond for SWLRT
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Unlike last year, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday excluded the Southwest Corridor light-rail project from his state public works funding proposal, over the pleas of some other DFLers.


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