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Two firms eyed for big LACMTA contract
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) analysts are recommending two contractors be selected to construct the Downtown Regional Connector, improving connections among LA's subway and light rail lines.
Judicial decision aids San Antonio streetcar
VIA Metropolitan Transit officials in San Antonio, Tex., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, welcomed a judicial ruling that any appeal of a decision to use bonds to build a new…
Tucson streetcar line nears readiness
Six of eight streetcars ordered by Tucson, Ariz., for its Sun Link service have arrived in the city as Tucson prepares to launch passenger service, tentatively on July 25, 2014.
San Diego, Tijuana seek cross-border LRT
Light rail transit operations operating across national borders is an established procedure in Europe, even as U.S. LRT operations across state boundaries remain rare. But San Diego, Calif., and neighboring…
Valley Metro taps solar power for LRT base
Valley Metro will install a solar plant at its light rail transit operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix, Ariz, awarding a $2.8 million contract to Natural Power and Energy LLC.
Thirty years in existence, 18 of those with light rail transit, Dallas Area Rapid Transit has established itself as a stellar U.S. rail transit operator.
Twin Cities SW LRT route still debated
Though friction continues from various quarters, a compromise plan for Southwest Light Rail Transit, linking Minneapolis with Eden Prairie, Minn., is gaining support from several parties—but not all.
Providence presses on with streetcar plan
Rhode Island's capital city continues to seek federal assistance for a proposed streetcar line despite previous funding setbacks and grant rejections.
Cincinnati streetcar delay costs nearly $1 million
Efforts led by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley last December to scuttle the city's initial streetcar line generated much discussion on the cost of delay, let alone abandonment. The delay's cost,…
Parsons acquires Delcan
Parsons Corp. has acquired Markham, Ontario-based Delcan Corp., an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a broad range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the…
MUNI eyes new E train route
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has approved a plan that will increase MUNI service by 12%, adjust numerous bus routes, and create a new E- Embarcadero streetcar line.
KC OKs more streetcars, minus a neighborhood
A conceptual plan for streetcar extensions totaling almost eight miles was given the go-ahead Thursday, March 27, 2014, by the Kansas City city council, with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)…
Michigan loans Detroit M1 project $10 million
Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a 10-year loan, with a 2% interest rate, to assist development of Detroit's streetcar plan, currently still dubbed M1 (or M-1).
Skepticism dogs Santa Ana streetcar plan
Several members of California's Orange County Transportation Authority, an entity strikingly reluctant to warm up to rail transit in past decades, continue to balk at supporting a streetcar line proposed…
DART sets D/FW Airport Station opening date
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officials have suggested for months that a light rail transit link to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a high priority, might open ahead of schedule. DART…
Winston-Salem endorses streetcar plan
Charlotte, N.C., has paced the Tar Heel State when it comes to both light rail transit and streetcar development, extending its first (Blue) LRT line while the latter streetcar (Gold)…
CAF USA to expand New York State plant
Driven by orders for light rail transit (LRT) and streetcar vehicles, CAF USA has announced plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Elmira Heights, N.Y.
Re-opening date set for Denver Union Station
Denver's Union Station, newly restored, will officially open July 12, 2014, according to announcement made Thursday, March 20, by Visit Denver, the state capital's convention and visitors bureau.
Purple Line LRT: Suburban harbinger
Even rail supporters often overlook the importance of Maryland's proposed 16-mile Purple Line to future U.S. development, efficiency, competitiveness, lifestyle. I see it as a game changer.
FTA OKs Maryland Purple Line LRT
Maryland’s contentious Purple Line light rail transit project got a supportive boost Thursday, March 20, 2014, with the Federal Transit Administration issuing its Record of Decision essentially approving the 16-mile…
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