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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

June 25, 2017
When Will Charlotte’s Streetcar Finally Spur Promised Development?
Charlotte Observer

Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. Smith University. But when will that finally happen?

June 22, 2017
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June 20, 2017
Rapid Transit Announcements and Commercial Property Prices
Regional Science and Urban Economics (abstract)

Using a rail rapid transit line announcement in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we estimate the net capitalization effect for each individual commercial property price resulting from expected improved urban center access.

June 19, 2017
MD Lawmakers Plan to Remake Metro, Let Jurisdictions Pay
Washington Post

Ten Maryland legislators are proposing a radical overhaul of Metro’s board and a flexible, equitably shared funding plan that would yield the $500 million in dedicated funding proposed by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld.

June 18, 2017
Why the K Street Streetcar Will Succeed, if DC Builds It
Greater Greater Washington

If DC extends the streetcar west to downtown and Georgetown, it’s going to be more like light rail, much faster, and more reliable than the H St. line. It would be the linchpin for making streetcars in DC a success overall, and would become one of America’s best surface rail lines.

June 15, 2017
L.A. Mayor: Monorail Over I-405 Could Clear Gridlock
Los Angeles Times

Politicians have long sought to link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside via a rail line so commuters can avoid the 405 Freeway’s notorious traffic. On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti raised a new idea to relieve the traffic bottleneck.

June 13, 2017
June 12, 2017
June 11, 2017
Las Vegas To Seek Funding For New LRT Line
Las Vegas Review Journal

Gov. Brian Sandoval gave the green light this week for officials to seek funding to build a light-rail line that could cost up to $705 million and carry passengers from McCarran International Airport to downtown Las Vegas as soon as 2023.

June 8, 2017
June 7, 2017
June 6, 2017
MD Replaces Transit Chief Amidst Purple Line Problems
Washington Post

Maryland’s transit chief has been replaced just as the state is trying to save its light-rail Purple Line project from a federal lawsuit and is preparing to launch a revamped bus system in Baltimore.

June 4, 2017
Will Atlanta Transportation Funding be Well Spent?
Streetsblog USA

For many Atlantans, the problem with their transit system boils down to this simple fact: It’s too scarce. “The number one complaint I hear about MARTA,” says Robbie Ashe, the transit agency’s board chairman, “is that there’s not enough of it.”

May 31, 2017
May 30, 2017
After Judge Rules Against D.C.’s Purple Line, MD Pushes Back
WAMU

Federal Judge Richard Leon issued his final ruling on Maryland’s planned Purple Line light rail system this morning, and shortly afterward the state attorney general’s office said it would appeal his decision to toss out the project’s contested ridership estimates.

May 25, 2017
May 24, 2017
Nashville Mayor’s Action Agenda for Transportation
Nashville Tennessean

Fresh off announcing major plans for a new light rail system last month, Mayor Megan Barry is now highlighting much quicker fixes for Nashville’s traffic congestion, unveiling an “action agenda” Wednesday for transportation improvements over the next three years.

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