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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

October 24, 2016
2nd Avenue Subway Opening Approaches, Finally
New York Times

After decades of failed efforts, the first segment of the Second Avenue subway line is scheduled to open in December, with three new stations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

October 23, 2016
New DART Light Rail Stations Open Monday
Dallas Morning News

Dallas Area Rapid Transit debuted two light rail stations along its Blue Line at a ceremony Thursday in southeast Oak Cliff. They open for traffic tomorrow.

Why Do So Many ST3 Critics Want Buses Instead of Trains?
The Stranger

Again and again, the critics of ST3, on the right and, sadly, the left, have argued that buses are somehow cheaper than light rail, and therefore it’s better to send transit investments to Metro rather than to the Link. Why do these groups think bus transport is cheaper than rail?

October 18, 2016
October 17, 2016
2016 Vote: Seattle’s Huge, Imperfect Transit Expansion
Streetsblog USA

The transit expansion plan on the ballot in Seattle this November is a big one. Known as ST3, the proposal calls for a 62-mile expansion of grade-separated light rail extending across three counties, including about four miles that will run underground in central Seattle.

October 16, 2016
Proposal Could Accelerate LA Metro Projects
The Source

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced that it has received an unsolicited proposal that provides a unique approach to fund and accelerate some of its mega projects included in Measure M – Metro’s November ballot measure.

October 13, 2016
Transit Vote 2016: Indy’s Chance at a Real Transit System
Streetsblog USA

Indianapolis is a growing city, but the region’s bare-bones transit system is not keeping up. Bus routes that provide service at least every 15 minutes are almost non-existent. Only about 2 percent of the city’s commuters take transit to work, but voters could change that.

Is the Purple Line Maryland’s Crossrail?
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

Granted the Purple Line light rail line that is being built in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Suburban Maryland isn’t the full circumferential line that was proposed in a Washington City Paper cover story dating to December 1987.

$20B Approved for Two Urban Metros in China
Reuters

China’s state planner has approved urban rail plans costing 133.9 billion yuan ($20.08 billion) in the cities of Urumqi and Xiamen, according to statements published on the National Development and Reform Commission website.

October 12, 2016
Planning Grants for North/South Rail Line
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bi-State Development, the agency that oversees Metro Transit, will get about $375,000 in federal money to help plan the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink route.

Is End Near for Independence Blvd. Transit Debate?
Plan Charlotte

A years-long debate over where to locate the county’s still-unfunded southeast transit corridor – the Silver Line – may be ending this month. But even as that long debate over whether Independence Boulevard is the right route appears likely to be put to bed, this issue still looms: There is no money to build the […]

Renewed Call for Baltimore Red Line
Baltimore Sun

Transit advocates sought to revive interest in the Baltimore Red Line light-rail project on Tuesday by recasting it as one link in a statewide rail network that would run from Delaware to Southern Maryland to West Virginia while connecting the Baltimore and Washington Metro systems.

October 11, 2016
Creating a Multi-County Cleveland Transit System
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Public transit in Ohio is stalling. From cuts to state funding to budget shortfalls to looming revenue stream problems, transit agencies like the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority have been forced to cut service and raise fares.

Puget Sound’s Future is on the Ballot
Crosscut

In October of an election year, perhaps the least likely sentence one would expect to hear from a representative of an agency staking its future on a $50-billion ballot initiative is, “There’s not a political strategy between now and November.” And yet here we are in October 2016, and this is exactly what Geoff Patrick, […]

October 9, 2016
Downtown Rail Decisions Will Affect Dallas for Years
Dallas Morning News

The expansion of DART’s rail system with a new downtown line could be an economic boost to the center city. Or it could chop up downtown with rails that divide the area and reduce property values.

Can San Diego’s $2.1B Trolley Extension Draw New Riders?
San Diego Union-Tribune

As the San Diego region readies for construction of a trolley line nearly 30 years in the making, officials are touting the project as a potential game-changer for the way residents view public transportation.

October 4, 2016
How ST3 Helps Fight Climate Change
Seattle Transit Blog

Over the coming several years, more than half of Washington’s emissions will come from the transportation sector. If we don’t act now, Puget Sound’s booming population will mean more people will clog our roads—cars will spend more time idling in traffic, dirtying our air not just with dangerous greenhouse gases but also other pollutants that […]

October 3, 2016
HRT’s New Estimate for Light Rail Extension is $84M Lower
The Virginian-Pilot

The latest cost estimate to extend the light rail from Norfolk into Virginia Beach has come in at $243 million – $84 million lower than an earlier estimate. Hampton Roads Transit released the new number at a news conference Monday.

September 29, 2016
September 28, 2016
Cincinnati’s Streetcar is Popular, But Needs 3 Fixes
Cincinnati Enquirer

A little more than two weeks into the streetcar’s operation, ridership is high and revenue is above projections but the city and the streetcar’s operator are still working out glitches, its operator told members of City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday.

September 27, 2016
Can Bus Rapid Transit Alleviate Miami-Dade’s Woes?
Miami Herald

Forget Metrorail expansion. Miami-Dade is instead moving with all deliberate speed to deploy a different kind of rapid-transit system to connect downtown Miami to the county’s far western reaches, starting as soon as next year, and it will consist of … buses.

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