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Tag Archives: Light Rail

August 23, 2016
Will DART Make Dallas Choose Between Streetcar, Subway?
Dallas Morning News

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s honcho has hinted loudly to the City Council in recent days it might have to chose between burying that long-planned second downtown rail line, the D2, or extending the North Oak Cliff streetcar through downtown to Uptown.

CATS To Re-bid $150M Charlotte Streetcar Expansion
Charlotte Business Journal

Ready, set, start over. Charlotte Area Transit System and the city have decided to go through a new, revised bid package to meet the $150 million budget for a 2.5-mile expansion of the streetcar scheduled to open by August of 2020.

August 22, 2016
August 21, 2016
Talks Break Down Over Southwest Light Rail
Finance & Commerce

Wait till next year. That refrain familiar to baseball fans was the message Thursday from Gov. Mark Dayton, who said he will not call a special session this year.

August 18, 2016
Somerville’s Green Line Property Getting Pricey
Boston Globe

It’s been pretty clear the proposed Green Line Extension has boosted property values in Somerville, even before major work has begun. Now a pair of researchers at MIT have come up with an estimate of just how big that boost might be.

August 17, 2016
Metro Recommends $6B Transit Plan for Nashville
The Tennessean

The report is in and the verdict is big. Connect Nashville and Clarksville with commuter rail. Build light rail on four busy Nashville corridors. Install bus rapid transit on three other major roadways.

August 14, 2016
August 11, 2016
August 10, 2016
DART Unsold on Building 2 New Routes Simultaneously
Dallas News

Four Dallas Area Rapid Transit board members Tuesday criticized and questioned the agency’s planned approaches to building two new controversial rail lines — one through downtown Dallas and the other through northern suburbs.

August 4, 2016
Court Ruling on D.C. Purple Line Could Set Construction Back
Washington Post

Construction of the light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs could be delayed based on a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday requiring that the project’s ridership forecasts be redone to account for Metro’s deterioration and declining ridership.

L.A. Metro’s Ridership Depends on Walkable Cities
Los Angeles Times

As Metro continues its ambitious construction effort, the transit agency and local governments should ask what they want to achieve. If their goal is to offer a geographically impressive map of rail service 30 years from now, the plan will do that. Cities like Dallas followed this path and can now point to extensive lines […]

August 3, 2016
Free Parking at Rail Stations Is Costing RTD Big Time
Streetsblog Denver

There’s no such thing as free parking. Just ask RTD. It costs the agency millions of dollars a year to give away spaces at its expansive park-and-ride lots, according to a study it released last month.

August 1, 2016
DART Eyeing Different Paths for Downtown Dallas Route
Dallas Morning News

The controversial path selected for a new downtown Dallas light-rail route may not work, which could dramatically affect where a second set of tracks is eventually laid in the central business district.

July 31, 2016
Photos: Crossrail’s Trains Make Their Debut
London Reconnections

Today saw the official unveiling of the first of Crossrail’s Class 345s, built by Bombardier in Derby. It would be rude, therefore, not to share with LR readers some photos of the new class in action.

July 28, 2016
July 26, 2016
Transit Columbus To City: Don’t Skip Rail for Driverless Cars
Columbus Underground

Only a year ago, it appeared that the stars were finally aligning for those hoping to see some sort of rail transit in Columbus. Then, the city appeared to be shifting its resources to the pursuit of the US DOT’s Smart City Grant, with its focus on new technology like driverless vehicles. Transit Columbus responded.

What Are The Strong Tramway Corridors?
Pedestrian Observations

The Transit Center gives various recommendations based on the Paris tramway’s success, but those recommendations – frequency, fare integration, good transfers – say very little about where a city should be building tramway lines. In this post, I am going to sketch features of good corridors for tramways.

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