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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

May 24, 2017
Colorado to Study Front Range Rail Line
Denver Post

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed into law a bill to explore building passenger rail service along the Front Range and the expansion of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route through the state’s southeastern corner.

Receding Fantasy of Urban Transit at Your Door
Human Transit

Uber’s UberPool service, which attempts to gather multiple people on a single vehicle going the same way, is undergoing some tinkering that will make it even more like fixed route transit.

May 23, 2017
Md. Governor Accuses Purple Line Judge of Conflict
Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has publicly criticized a federal judge weighing whether to allow the state to begin building the Purple Line, saying the judge is biased because of where he lives and his wife’s connection to a group that has opposed the light-rail project.

May 22, 2017
Watch China’s Metro Systems Grow

Since 1990, China’s population has continued to grow and, more critically, to urbanize. As millions have left their rural communities for cities, it’s no wonder the country’s metro system has ballooned, too.

May 19, 2017
Secretary Chao Stalls on Caltrain Funding
San Jose Mercury News

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao isn’t budging on approving federal funds to help the Bay Area begin the electrification of Caltrain tracks.

Boise Having Another Go at Streetcar
Idaho Statesman

Nine years after introducing a plan for a rail-based Downtown public transportation system, Boise city leaders are taking another swing at it.

Honolulu Rail Officials Debate Funding
US News and World Report

The Honolulu rail transit project’s top official says the federal government is anxious for more details on how the city plans to pay for its partially built $8.2 billion rail line.

May 18, 2017
How Can We Increase Transit Ridership?
US News and World Report

In the United States today, public transit is in crisis. From declining infrastructure in New York and San Francisco, to delays caused by needed repairs in Washington, to the loss of critical funding in Milwaukee, city after city is struggling with problems related to its bus and train systems.

May 17, 2017
Canadian Town Wanted Transit, Hired Uber
New York Times

Uber, the global car-hailing service, has fought its way into resistant cities around the world, despite being hit by raw eggs and rush-hour roadblocks in Montreal and Toronto, fires in Paris and smashed windshields in Mexico City.

Why Second Avenue Subway is So Quiet
Next City

Listening to the public address system at a New York City subway station shouldn’t be an oxymoronic notion. But between lumbering trains, squealing wheels and broadcast distortion, it often is.

May 15, 2017
May 11, 2017
Why Doesn’t Minnesota Scrutinze Roads Like Transit?

The “Minnesotan” way to fund transportation is not to exclude Minnesotans from having options on how they get around. Maybe that option isn’t more light rail, but it shouldn’t mean we should siphon our general funds for expanding roads.

May 8, 2017
Charlotte Wants To Plan For New Light Rail Lines
Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s transit service already has a bold plan for a $6 billion expanded transit system that would take residents to the airport, Lake Norman and Matthews. Potential consultants for part of the project take that even further.

May 7, 2017
Detroit Should Celebrate Its Light Rail, Push For More
Detroit Free Press

The debut of the M-1 streetcar line, set for Friday, reminds us at once of everything that’s wrong, and everything that could be right, in our 40-year history of losing efforts to bring rational transit to our area.

May 2, 2017
Columbus Launches Redesigned Bus Network
Streetsblog USA

This week, Columbus, Ohio, became the latest city to flip the switch on a redesigned bus network, changing a decades-old route map in a bid to jump-start flagging ridership. The updated routes bring huge numbers of people and jobs within closer reach of frequent transit service.

May 1, 2017
New Federal Budget Funds Twin Cities’ SW Light Rail

The budget compromise to fund the federal government, reached over the weekend in Washington but still pending final approval by lawmakers, had one detail of particular interest to Minnesotans: it includes funding for the Southwest Light Rail project.

NYC Council Wants To Cure Transit Deserts
Next City

Given the astronomical cost of new subway lines — phase one of the Second Avenue Subway extension cost about $2 billion per mile — improving bus service will likely be key to solving New York’s transit access problems.

Montréal’s Transit Expansion Sparks Environmental Concerns

Montréal’s plan to build the fourth-largest automated transportation system in the world right through the heart of the city has run into strong opposition, with doubts cast over its environmental impact and financial viability.


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