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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

December 20, 2016
Will Link Waste Its Capacity for Operational Convenience?
Seattle Transit Blog

Sound Transit has a chance to align itself with global best practice and build open cars, maximizing passenger capacity and taxpayer return on our investments in ST2 (and soon ST3). Otherwise, every 4-car train set will have 8 operator cabs forever.

Second Ave. Subway Set to (mostly) Open on January 1
2nd Ave. Sagas

After over 85 years of planning, proposing, building, halting and starting over again, the Second Ave. Subway will make its long-awaited public debut on January 1, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

December 19, 2016
Second Avenue Phase 2 to Cost Over $6B
Pedestrian Observations

Since the 2015-9 capital plan, the New York MTA had been including the second phase of Second Avenue Subway in its capital plan, without a clear estimate of its projected cost. The rumors said the cost would be about $5 billion.

Transit Vision Plan is an Opportunity
Richmond Times Dispatch

After about a year and a half of meetings and study, a draft plan released this week presents what one longtime Richmond-area transit advocate calls “an immense opportunity” to link the city and its surrounding counties with a system that connects people with jobs and drives economic development.

December 15, 2016
$499M Grant for Fort Worth-DFW Trains
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

TEX Rail is no longer a commuter train project that is — forgive the cliche — on track to be opened by late 2018. It’s now barreling full-steam ahead (sorry again) in that direction.

December 14, 2016
How to Lower Miami-Dade’s $6B Transit Bill
Miami Herald

Bringing light rail to Miami-Dade’s suburbs could top $6 billion, a price tag so high that transportation planners say it probably makes more financial sense just to expand the existing Metrorail system on street-level tracks.

Seattle Sells $477M in Green Bonds to Fund Light Rail
Progressive Railroading

Sound Transit has completed the sale of $477 million worth of “green bonds” to help fund voter-approved regional transit projects, including building more than 90 miles of light-rail extensions.

December 13, 2016
Miami Beach’s Light Rail Push Stalls Amid Opposition
Miami Herald

The fast-moving plan to build two miles of light rail on South Beach’s streets could slow to a crawl this week after it encountered mounting public opposition and the urgency of a once-eager City Commission begins to erode.

December 12, 2016
NW Indiana’s South Shore Line Seeks $400M for Expansion
South Bend Tribune

Two projects that would extend and modernize Northwest Indiana’s commuter rail service converged this year, with the South Shore Line setting the goal of sending them to the federal government next summer for its approval — and for more than $400 million in funding.

December 11, 2016
Ridership Estimation of a New LRT System
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

The successful introduction of LRT systems is inevitably related to the realistic estimation of their ridership. This paper develops a direct demand model for estimating such ridership in Cyprus.

December 6, 2016
Chapel Hill’s BRT Expands, Triples in Cost
The News & Observer

A multimillion-dollar plan to connect north and south Chapel Hill with bus-rapid transit has tripled in cost as it moves toward federal support, with funding and other details to be worked out next year.

December 4, 2016
Vancouver’s Evergreen Line Light Rail Extension Opens
Vancouver Sun

The Evergreen extension extended the Millennium Line by 11 kilometres and six stations. The line now runs from VCC-Clark station in East Vancouver to Lafarge Lake-Douglas in Coquitlam, via Burnaby and Port Moody.

December 1, 2016
Archaeological Treasures From L.A.’s Purple Line Construction
The Source

Parts of two ancient elephant relatives were found in the past week during excavation work on a future station for the Purple Line Extension subway, Metro announced today. These are the first fossils from a mammal species found during work on this section of the subway project.

November 30, 2016
Chicago City Council Races to Authorize Transit TIF
Chicago Sun Times

Without a day to spare, the City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to authorize a transit tax-increment financing district in hopes of nailing down $1.1 billion in federal grants to modernize the CTA’s Red Line before President Barack Obama leaves office.

November 29, 2016
Charlotte Streetcar Advances With $134M in Contracts
Charlotte Business Journal

It took longer than expected, but the city finally has a contractor to build the 2.5-mile extension of the streetcar line. And, soon, it will have a fleet of modern streetcars to carry passengers along the expanded route.

November 28, 2016
Seattle Advocates: 25 Years Is Too Long for Transit Expansion
Next City

Though the vote was less than a month ago and Sound Transit’s second phase of construction is slated to last until 2023, some Seattle transit advocates are already floating the idea of running another ballot measure – in the hope that it will speed up ST3’s delivery timeline.

November 20, 2016
CA HSR Pulls Back from Buy America Waiver Request
Los Angeles Times

The California High Speed Rail Authority has reversed its plans to buy foreign parts for its trains, saying in a letter to federal regulators that it was withdrawing a request for a waiver from the Buy American Act.

RTD Won’t Open Rail Lines This Year
Denver Business Journal

Two major segments of the Regional Transportation District’s rail system will not open this year: The G Line from downtown Denver through Arvada and Wheat Ridge, and the R Line through Aurora between Parker Road and I-70, according to RTD Board Chairman Tom Tobiassen.

November 17, 2016
November 15, 2016
CTA Rushes For Route Funding Before Trump Presidency
Streetsblog Chicago

In anticipation of a road-friendly Trump presidency, the Chicago Transit Authority and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are racing against the clock to get the city’s first transit tax-increment financing district approved by a federal funding deadline before January 20.

November 10, 2016
November 9, 2016
Nashville Chamber Floats 7 Ideas For Funding $6B Transit Plan
The Tennessean

It’s perhaps the most crucial, yet elusive, question that could determine whether Middle Tennessee will build a new regional transit system any time soon. How will the region, led by Nashville, pay for a plan that would cost nearly $6 billion to construct?

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