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Virginia Beach mayor: Hold LRT referendum
Virginia Beach, Va. Mayor Will Sessoms on Wednesday called for a referendum this November to gauge public support for extension of The Tide LRT from neighboring Norfolk. Sessoms made his…
Pittsburgh LRT extension debut looms
Pittsburgh's Port Authority of Allegheny County (pAT) says the city's North Shore Connector Project is ready for its debut March 25, as light rail transit will run from downtown under…
LaHood laments House discord on transport bill
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday he remains hopeful that the House of Representatives will succeed in passing a new federal surface transportation bill, while acknowledging their efforts so far…
Austin LRT plan criticized ... by rail advocates
Customarily, in almost any urban area, you'd expect your strongest rail transit advocates to be rallying around an official rail plan as it heads toward a possible ballot initiative. But in…
APTA: 2011 public transit ridership strong
The American Public Transportation Association said Monday Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation (bus and rail) in 2011, the second-highest annual figure since 1957. “Only ridership in 2008,…
House may ponder Senate surface transport bill
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday suggested the House majority might consider the Senate version of a surface transportation bill, following the collapse of support (even among…
Toronto City Council revamps transit agency
In a remarkable and continuing visible display of modal political strife, Toronto's City Council Monday removed five allies of Mayor Rob Ford from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), replacing them…
Seattle First Hill streetcar construction set
The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $68 million contract to Stacy & Witbeck to oversee the First Hill streetcar project, expected to begin construction next month.
Sacramento joins neighbor's streetcar push
Sacramento, Calif.'s City Council unanimously has approved involving the city in a starter streetcar route primarily traversing suburban neighbor West Sacramento.
Positive redundancy worthy, and worthwhile
Veteran rail advocate and friend Dan Lovegren called me from California on Feb. 26, 1993, asking me: How would I get home? New York's World Trade Center had been disrupted…
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