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Tag Archives: Light Rail

November 1, 2016
Tokyo’s Last Streetcar Still Rolling Strong
Japan Times

Marking the 105th anniversary of its launch this year, the streetcar, known as chin-chin densha for the sound of its bell, is a nostalgic reminder of the postwar era, when such trains were a common sight all over Tokyo.

October 30, 2016
October 27, 2016
What’s Behind the Cincy Streetcar Rider Numbers?
Cincinnati Business Courier

Six weeks after opening, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar remains a popular transportation option, but more so on the weekends, the latest data from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority shows.

October 25, 2016
Foxx Sees Transit as Sign of Charlotte’s Racial Strife
Charlotte Business Journal

Former Charlotte Mayor and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on Tuesday described the unrest that followed the fatal police shooting of a local black man in September as troubling but not surprising, using one of his fiercest political battles – the streetcar – to illustrate his point.

October 24, 2016
October 23, 2016
New DART Light Rail Stations Open Monday
Dallas Morning News

Dallas Area Rapid Transit debuted two light rail stations along its Blue Line at a ceremony Thursday in southeast Oak Cliff. They open for traffic tomorrow.

October 17, 2016
2016 Vote: Seattle’s Huge, Imperfect Transit Expansion
Streetsblog USA

The transit expansion plan on the ballot in Seattle this November is a big one. Known as ST3, the proposal calls for a 62-mile expansion of grade-separated light rail extending across three counties, including about four miles that will run underground in central Seattle.

October 16, 2016
Proposal Could Accelerate LA Metro Projects
The Source

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced that it has received an unsolicited proposal that provides a unique approach to fund and accelerate some of its mega projects included in Measure M – Metro’s November ballot measure.

October 13, 2016
Orange Line Riders Aren’t Showing Up As Expected
The Oregonian

The MAX Orange Line checked every box before opening, finishing on time and $48 million under budget, despite being one of TriMet’s most ambitious construction projects to date. A year into its Portland-Milwaukie service, however, riders aren’t showing up as expected.

Is the Purple Line Maryland’s Crossrail?
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

Granted the Purple Line light rail line that is being built in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Suburban Maryland isn’t the full circumferential line that was proposed in a Washington City Paper cover story dating to December 1987.

$20B Approved for Two Urban Metros in China
Reuters

China’s state planner has approved urban rail plans costing 133.9 billion yuan ($20.08 billion) in the cities of Urumqi and Xiamen, according to statements published on the National Development and Reform Commission website.

October 12, 2016
Planning Grants for North/South Rail Line
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bi-State Development, the agency that oversees Metro Transit, will get about $375,000 in federal money to help plan the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink route.

Is End Near for Independence Blvd. Transit Debate?
Plan Charlotte

A years-long debate over where to locate the county’s still-unfunded southeast transit corridor – the Silver Line – may be ending this month. But even as that long debate over whether Independence Boulevard is the right route appears likely to be put to bed, this issue still looms: There is no money to build the […]

October 11, 2016
Puget Sound’s Future is on the Ballot
Crosscut

In October of an election year, perhaps the least likely sentence one would expect to hear from a representative of an agency staking its future on a $50-billion ballot initiative is, “There’s not a political strategy between now and November.” And yet here we are in October 2016, and this is exactly what Geoff Patrick, […]

October 9, 2016
Downtown Rail Decisions Will Affect Dallas for Years
Dallas Morning News

The expansion of DART’s rail system with a new downtown line could be an economic boost to the center city. Or it could chop up downtown with rails that divide the area and reduce property values.

Can San Diego’s $2.1B Trolley Extension Draw New Riders?
San Diego Union-Tribune

As the San Diego region readies for construction of a trolley line nearly 30 years in the making, officials are touting the project as a potential game-changer for the way residents view public transportation.

October 5, 2016
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.

October 3, 2016
HRT’s New Estimate for Light Rail Extension is $84M Lower
The Virginian-Pilot

The latest cost estimate to extend the light rail from Norfolk into Virginia Beach has come in at $243 million – $84 million lower than an earlier estimate. Hampton Roads Transit released the new number at a news conference Monday.

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