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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

November 9, 2016
Transport Secretary Tells VA Beach To Stop Light-Rail
The Virginian-Pilot

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne has told state officials to stop all work on the Virginia Beach light-rail project, according to a letter sent Wednesday morning to Mayor Will Sessoms.

Atlanta Transport Taxes Win, MARTA Approved
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Voters in the city of Atlanta on Tuesday approved raising the sales tax to expand MARTA and pay for other transportation improvements. Atlanta residents overwhelmingly supported both a half-penny increase for MARTA and a four-tenths of a penny hike for transportation improvements.

Indy Voters Approve Transit Tax Hike
Indianapolis Star

Proponents of a public transit ballot referendum to increase bus service in Indianapolis declared victory Tuesday night, hailing the income tax hike approved by voters as a long-term solution for the city’s transportation woes and a benefit to workers and employers, alike.

Raleigh Voters Approve Tax Hike for Transit
The News-Observer

Wake County voters agreed to raise the sales tax to expand public transit options. About 53 percent of voters supported a referendum to raise the sales tax by a half-cent to help pay for a 10-year, $2.3 billion plan to add commuter rail and increase bus service throughout the county.

Miami-Dade Mayor Eyes ‘Bold’ Transit Expansion
Miami Herald

As Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez revs up for a second term, transportation appears at the top of his agenda. He’s contemplating announcing at least one transit project by year’s end, the first installment of the six-corridor “SMART Plan” that was a centerpiece of his campaign.

November 8, 2016
Stockholm Joins Commuter Rail Tunnel Club
Next City

Paris has its RER system. London’s getting Crossrail. Philadelphia has its Center City Commuter Connection. And next summer, Swedish capital city Stockholm will have its own suburban rail tunnel through the center of the city.

Fast-Tracked Miami Streetcar Could Cost a Premium
Miami Herald

A fast-tracked streetcar project has left Miami Beach in a tough negotiating position as it prepares to spend a year hashing out an estimated $244M contract to build what could be the first piece of rail that would ultimately connect to light rail on the mainland.

November 7, 2016
Downtown S.F. Rail Extension Won’t Open Until 2026

The Downtown Rail Extension is the final, very expensive piece in the construction puzzle that will make the new Transbay Transit Center more than a really fancy bus station. But the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) still doesn’t know how they’ll be paying for it.

Vote 2016: CA’s Transport Funding Ballot Initiatives
Streetsblog USA

California counties plan years ahead to put measures on the ballot during high-turnout presidential elections, as tax measures require a two-thirds super-majority to pass. There are 15 county transportation sales tax measures before California voters next week.

November 6, 2016
Excuses for High Construction Costs
Pedestrian Observations

I have written many posts about international differences in subway construction costs. They’ve gotten a lot of media attention, percolating even to politicians and to a team of academics. Against this positive attention, there have been criticisms – which I will address here.

November 1, 2016
L.A.’s Diversified Traffic Battle Plan
Los Angeles Times

Next week, voters will decide whether to redouble the county’s transit boom through Measure M, a half-cent sales tax increase to nearly double the length of the rail network. But rather than a total reliance on transit, SoCal will probably follow a “hybrid approach” to growth.

October 31, 2016
October 30, 2016
Why Is There No Metro Line on VA’s Columbia Pike?
Greater Greater Washington

Along the Metro tracks just south of Pentagon station, there are two dead-end tunnels that branch off in the direction of Columbia Pike. They were built so Metro could expand westward in the future, so why has the line never received serious consideration?

October 27, 2016
L.A. Metro Receives 3 More Project Proposals
The Source

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced that it has received three more unsolicited proposals for Measure M mega projects – two for the Sepulveda Pass project and another for the West Santa Ana Branch Light Rail project.

Chicago Committee Pushes for Big Projects
Streetsblog Chicago

The Chicago Central Area Committee, a coalition of business executives, has proposed to build a network of automated rail lines downtown and in nearby neighborhoods to expand transit capacity for growing areas and better connect underserved communities.

Is Subway and Suburban Rail too Much for DART?
Dallas Morning News

Dallas Area Rapid Transit may be trying to please everyone with its decision to fund two major rail expansions, but some are concerned the transit agency could end up pleasing nobody.

October 24, 2016


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