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SYSTRA names FTA vet to planning, environmental post
Anthony Lee, AICP, has joined SYSTRA as Planning and Environmental Manager. Lee is a professional certified planner with more than 20 years of experience as a client manager, environmental planning…
Dueling rail proposals for LA/Ontario Airport
The San Bernardino Associated Governments has awarded a $600,000 contract to HDR Engineering to evaluate rail service to Los Angeles Ontario International Airport, located east of LA in Ontario, Calif.
Bombardier OK'd for Waterloo region LRT gear
The Waterloo (Ontario) Regional Council Wednesday, July 10, 2013, formally approved an agreement in coordination with Greater Toronto Area's Metrolinx to purchase 14 light rail transit vehicles from Bombardier Transportation…
San Diego trolley link to airport property eyed
San Diego’s “trolley,” the first modern U.S. light rail system that debuted in 1981, is now primed to reach the property line of San Diego International Airport, also known as…
Fort Lauderdale OKs The Wave streetcar tax
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city commissioners unanimously approved a plan Tuesday evening, July 9, 2013, for a special tax assessment zone downtown to fund its proposed streetcar line, known as The…
Maryland governor commits Purple Line funds
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday, July 8, 2013, formally announced a state transportation package of $650 million for Prince George's County, located northeast of Washington, D.C., and including $280…
Bombardier touts Supplier Sustainability Awards
Bombardier Transportation said Tueday, July 9, 2013 it has presented this year's Supplier Sustainability Awards to suppliers Infineon Technologies AG and Willowglen Systems Inc.
Bistate bridge plan (with LRT) dies
The economic future of Vancouver, Wash., is now in some doubt following the Washington State legislature's failure to approve state funds for the proposed $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing (CRC),…
Transit vehicle design: Comfortable, profitable
Until recently, the goal of most public transit advocates, pushing suppliers and agencies alike, was to simply get vehicles, preferably (but not even always) with adequate seating capacity. Sure, some…
Alstom-led group selected for Ecuadorian streetcar
CITA Cuenca, a consortium led by Alstom Transport, has been awarded a contract from Cuenca, Ecuador, for a streetcar system. The contract includes 14 Alstom Citadis trams, along with electrification,…
Team selected for Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has awarded the design-build contract for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project to Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors, with HNTB Corp. as lead designer. The…
LACMTA turns to Protran for pedestrian/trespasser warning systems
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has engaged Protran Technology for pedestrian and trespassing detection/warning systems on its surface-running light rail network.
Foxx confirmed as new DOT Secretary
The Senate unanimously confirmed former Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation Thursday, June 27, 2013, succeeding Ray LaHood.
Local funding OK'd for Minneapolis streetcar plan
The Minneapolis City Council approved a plan Tuesday, June 25, 2013, to commit local funds to a proposed streetcar line for Minnesota's largest city, to be integrated with the Twin…
Orange County balks at Anaheim streetcar plan
Plans for a $319 million, 3.2-mile streetcar in Anaheim, Calif., are meeting resistance from the Orange County Transportation Authority, even though OCTA has set aside $13 million for engineering and…
TTC mulls 60 more Bombardier Flexity streetcars
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) CEO Andy Byford said Monday the agency is urging Toronto to order 60 more Bombardier Flexity streetcars to bolster the 204 Flexity cars already on order.
Cincinnati streetcar bolstered by extra funds
The Cincinnati City Council Budget and Finance Committee, including all nine members of the full council, voted Monday, June 24, to approve a funding plan offered by City Manager Milton…
Minneapolis streetcar plan advances
The Minneapolis City Council has given initial approval to a plan to redirect up to $60 million in property taxes to help fund a streetcar line along Nicollet and Central…
San Antonio streetcar route still undecided
Six streetcar route options are on the table in San Antonio, Tex., but the city's famed landmark, The Alamo, appears unlikely to be served by any of them.
Philadelphia transit tour: 14 rail lines in 10 hours
As I write this, it's been just a week since I returned from the recent annual Rail Transit Conference sponsored the first week of June by the American Public Transportation…
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