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Tag Archives: Transit Expansion

January 24, 2017
Aspen Officials Hear About Possible Light Rail Line
Aspen Times

The first bits of information from a recently authorized, nearly $500,000 study of the Entrance to Aspen were presented to area elected officials last week, with the chief focus on the particulars of a light-rail system.

January 23, 2017
New Bus Network Proposed for San Jose, Silicon Valley
Human Transit

We’ve been working for over a year with VTA, the transit agency of Santa Clara County, California, on a rethinking of their bus network. After a long process, multiple alternatives, and a round of public discussion about them, we’ve arrived at a recommended network.

January 17, 2017
January 16, 2017
Where the 2nd Ave. Subway Went Wrong
New Yorker

American infrastructure projects often cost five to six times what they cost in other developed countries. Can we learn to be thriftier?

January 12, 2017
Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2017
The Transport Politic

There are major transit infrastructure projects under construction throughout North America thanks to significant interest from local officials and support from national governments. What can we expect for the coming year?

Scenes From the 2nd Ave. Subway
Second Avenue Sagas

Since returning from Paris, I’ve been through the Second Ave. Subway twice. Each time, I was struck by how this new thing that looks a bit out of place in the New York City just seemed to be another part of our transit network that was just there.

January 11, 2017
Riding the 2nd Ave. Subway With Its Expert Blogger
Village Voice

It was the usual blur of people inside the Times Square subway complex on Monday evening, maybe a little more bulbous and bumbling, wrapped up to fend off the sub-freezing weather. Through the bundled masses strode Benjamin Kabak down to the uptown platform of the BMT Broadway line.

How Paris Typifies the Two Models for Cross-City Commuter Rail
City Metric

The city that has done the most in transforming commuter rail into a high-frequency, integrated, cross-city rapid transit option is Paris, which since the 1970s has built a network called the RER, with five lines labeled A through E.

January 10, 2017
January 9, 2017
January 8, 2017
VTA Proposes Biggest Transit Overhaul Since 2008
The Mercury News

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s has unveiled its first major service overhaul in nine years calling for scaling back or ending bus service on some lightly traveled lines, adding to heavily traveled routes and possibly restructuring fares.

January 4, 2017
On Transit Costs and Politics
Frontier Group

When it comes to the specific issue of transit costs, advocates should not get carried away thinking that solving the technical challenges of delivering cost-effective transit projects will be enough to overcome the political and policy hurdles to transit expansion.

January 3, 2017
January 2, 2017
Second Avenue Subway’s Arrival Brings Fear Of Soaring Rents
New York Times

Few cities in the world are as closely linked to their subways as New York — the vast network helped shape the city and now carries nearly six million people a day. When the subway system makes its most ambitious expansion in years, it will transform the city – in more ways than one.

SF Red Transit Lane Beloved By Riders, Merchants Unhappy
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco’s controversial red-painted transit lanes are beloved by many Muni riders, and the city’s transportation planners. But they’re not necessarily here to stay. The crimson lanes are, as the saying goes, only a test.

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.


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