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Tag Archives: Light Rail

October 3, 2016
Cincy Tells Streetcar To Speed Up, Or Else
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati streetcar continues to run behind schedule, not meeting a promise of no more than a 15-minute wait at any station. And Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black isn’t happy.

September 28, 2016
Cincinnati’s Streetcar is Popular, But Needs 3 Fixes
Cincinnati Enquirer

A little more than two weeks into the streetcar’s operation, ridership is high and revenue is above projections but the city and the streetcar’s operator are still working out glitches, its operator told members of City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday.

Was the Turning Point on Taraval a Teachable Moment?
Streetsblog SF

A week ago today, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency decided unanimously to move forward with concrete boarding islands on the L-Taraval. And maybe, just maybe, it was also a concrete turning point towards finally putting safety first.

September 27, 2016
September 26, 2016
Dallas Leaders Want Subway Before Suburban Service
Dallas Morning News

Dallas city leaders are ramping up the pressure on Dallas Area Rapid Transit to focus on a second light rail line downtown before the long-delayed Cotton Belt rail line in the suburbs.

September 22, 2016
Dallas Needs DART Lines Downtown and in North Suburbs
Dallas Morning News

The original vision for a regional transportation system, when the Dallas Area Rapid Transit was first conceived, was a collaborative plan that would benefit 13 area cities and the entire North Texas region. Building both projects, sooner rather than later, is a win-win.

September 20, 2016
Anaheim City Council Won’t Bury Streetcar Plan
Next City

Ignoring the wishes of Mayor Tom Tait, the Anaheim City Council voted last week to pursue its study of a streetcar line connecting the California city’s transit center with the resort area around Disneyland to its conclusion.

In Defense of L.A.’s Expo Line

If you couldn’t already tell, we love the Expo Line here at LAist. Aside from providing us with an easy way to get to work, it signals a fundamental change in how Angelenos can get around the city.

Durham-Orange Light Rail Plan May Add Stop at NCCU
The News & Observer

Regional transportation officials are exploring extending the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project three-fifths of a mile to add an 18th stop near N.C. Central University’s campus.

September 19, 2016
Surprising Ridership Data on New Expo Line Segment

The light rail extension opened May 20 and is already 70 percent toward meeting its 2030 ridership projection. According to a survey conducted in June by Metro, more than two-thirds of riders were new to the Expo Line.

September 15, 2016
September 14, 2016
Charlotte Unveils New Silver Line Light Rail Route
Charlotte Observer

After nearly two decades of discussion, the Charlotte Area Transit System has selected a route for the Silver Line – a proposed light-rail line running along and near Independence Boulevard from uptown to Matthews.

September 13, 2016
Dallas City Council Appears to Begin Confronting DART
Dallas Observer

Can City Hall help you find you an apartment in a safe neighborhood at a rent you can afford? Can City Hall help you get to work? When does it ever do any of that? Right now. Just now. For a change. City Hall suddenly is growing a backbone.

Contracting Commuter Rail Services
Transportation Research Board

The digest presents potential approaches for contracting commuter rail services, an evaluation of the approaches, and guidance on how and when to apply different approaches to existing and new services; and documents current commuter rail practices and gaps in knowledge.

September 12, 2016
You’re Going to Like Cincinnati’s Streetcar
Cincinnati Enquirer

Our streetcar is better on account of its critics, and exceeds the expectations of its boosters. It is emblematic of a city that wants to act smarter and explore ways to grow again. As steel rails reveal the city’s authenticity, most Cincinnatians will forget why we fought about it.

September 8, 2016
Streetcar Timeline: Long, Winding, Arduous Journey
Cincinnati Enquirer

The idea of building a modern streetcar in Cincinnati was hatched 15 years ago, some 2,400 miles away from the city; later, it gained momentum in a Mount Auburn ice cream parlor. And now, after wending through twists and turns and hurdling mountains and molehills, the idea becomes reality.

What Downtown Plano’s Rebirth Can Teach Mid-Sized Cities
Urban Edge

Almost 15 years ago, Dallas-area planners put a light-rail station in downtown Plano. Since then, city leaders watched the area thrive with the types of developments – mixed-use, transit-oriented, public-private partnerships – that win a game of urban planning buzzword bingo.

September 7, 2016
Honolulu Negotiates With Feds Over Light Metro Line
Next City

After two days of talks, Honolulu officials assured the Federal Transit Administration that the city’s 20-mile elevated light metro line, now under construction, would be completed for its entire distance and that they would submit a “recovery plan” for the project.

September 6, 2016
Getting a Handle on Seattle’s $54 Billion Transit Price
Seattle Transit Blog

ST3 opponents are wearing the $54 billion figure like armor. It’s doubtful that a 25-year program expressed in year of expenditure (YOE) dollars results in a figure that people can meaningfully evaluate, but that’s the number the press has settled on.

The Cost of Light Rail Will Be Cheap in the Long Run
The Stranger

Seattle Transit Blog has a post that compares the cost of expanding light rail in the Seattle area to the home value inflation in Seattle. Seen in this way, ST3’s $54B figure price tag, a figure the opponents of the expansion wear “like armor,” is not so big. It is in fact small.

September 1, 2016
Met Council Secures Final $145M for Southwest Light Rail

Thanks to votes Wednesday by the Counties Transit Improvement Board and the Met Council, and another by the Hennepin County Board the day before, the region now has legal commitments to pay half the cost of the $1.858 billion project.


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