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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

April 30, 2017
April 26, 2017
Nashville Mayor Commits To Rail, Initiates Public Funding Vote
The Tennessean

Mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday kicked off a legacy-defining campaign to urge voters to approve funding for a comprehensive transit system and committed to moving ahead with light rail on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike as the first spoke of a $6 billion multi-decade regional effort.

April 25, 2017
April 19, 2017
Montgomery Co.’s BRT Met With Skepticism, Praise

As Montgomery County considers building a $21 million Bus Rapid Transit line on U.S. Route 29 from Burtonsville to Silver Spring, a recent public hearing had residents lining up to share their views on the proposal.

April 18, 2017
In The Smart City Race, We’re Betting On Transit

A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions are not clearly connected and without critical mass — you don’t get the combinatorial benefit of different systems working together.

GA Democrat Demands Special Session for Transit
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democratic state Sen. Elena Parent took the surprising step of urging Gov. Nathan Deal to call a special session to pass a “meaningful transit funding bill” in the wake of one too many highway debacles.

April 17, 2017
Trump Budget Threatens Atlanta Transit
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would deprive the Atlanta region of some $3 billion in future funding for expanding mass transit.

Moving On From the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar
Streetsblog NYC

The de Blasio administration has already come up with better ideas than the streetcar to improve streets and transit — the mayor just needs to make them a higher priority.

April 16, 2017
April 12, 2017
April 11, 2017
Seattle’s Transportation Transformation
Urban Land Institute

Today in Seattle, you can stand on Third Avenue between Pike and Pine streets, a few blocks from the convention center, and watch 200 buses an hour pass by during the peak. Light rail is being expanded both above and underground.

April 10, 2017
The Long Road to Light Rail in the Twin Cities

From the first expression of interest to the actual hauling of passengers, the gestation period for light rail transit in Minneapolis/Saint Paul turned out to be 44 years.

April 4, 2017
Feds OK Boston Green Line Extension Costs
Boston Globe

The long-planned Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford cleared a crucial milestone on Tuesday with the approval of the new cost estimate for the $2.3-billion project that clears up uncertainty about when and if the project would move forward.

April 3, 2017
Can U.S. Cities Replicate Bogota’s World-Class BRT?
Greater Greater Washington

Bogota’s Bus Rapid Transit system, which opened in 2000, is one of the largest and most heavily used in the world. In fact, the United States government even looked at how to mimic it. Creating a high-quality BRT system here is possible— it’d just require quite a bit of political will.

April 2, 2017
Big Transit Projects Have A Big Carbon Footprint

It is March, 2017 and Toronto doesn’t have the LRT that might have served much of the east end of the city by now. It is still arguing about a one stop subway extension that will cost over three billion dollars and actually make residents’ bus rides longer than it is now.

March 29, 2017
March 28, 2017
Sound Transit Supporters: The Campaign Is Not Over
The Urbanist

The passage of ST3 was one of the few joyous moments on an otherwise bleak November election night. Voters approved the proposal by more than a 10 point margin. But the work is not over.

The Socioeconomic Stakes of Transit
Brookings Institution

Indianapolis has seen significant investment in tech and advanced industry jobs, while both downtown and suburbs have boomed. But many Indianapolis residents are isolated from the economic opportunities that replaced once-plentiful assembly line jobs in the urban core.

March 26, 2017
March 23, 2017
March 19, 2017
Why Seattle Spends Most Per Capita on Transit
Seattle Times

Even before the passage of Sound Transit 3, the Seattle area was spending more, per capita, on new transit projects than any city in the country, according to data compiled by the Federal Transit Administration. We take a look at why.

March 15, 2017
Las Vegas Officials Seek State Permission for Light Rail
Las Vegas Sun

State and local government officials presented a legislative plan Tuesday laying the groundwork to build a multibillion-dollar light rail system to link McCarran International Airport with the Las Vegas Strip.

March 13, 2017
When Will Streetcars Through Downtown Washington?

District streetcar planners believe it will be possible to extend the initial line in Northeast Washington more than three miles to the west – from Union Station through downtown D.C. to Georgetown – using affordable technology that will not require overhead power lines.

March 12, 2017
Pittsburgh BRT Options Revealed
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh and Port Authority of Allegheny County officials on Thursday revealed route options and cost estimates for a long-discussed “bus rapid transit” system that would link Downtown and Oakland.


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