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Ontario election results bode well for LRT
North American rail suppliers and industry observers (and advocates) paid close attention to election results Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Toronto, where city voters elected John Tory to succeed Mayor…
Toronto mayor-elect deemed transit-friendly
Toronto residents on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 elected John Tory as the 65th mayor of Canada's largest city, generating cautious optimism among rail industry observers. Tory, a former business executive,…
Port Authority urged to fund Staten Island LRT
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, is urging the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to fund a proposed West…
"SEPTA Key" smart card to debut next year
Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) says its $130 million smart-card payment system, now dubbed "SEPTA Key," will be implemented on Philadelphia-area buses and subways beginning early next year, with implementation…
PB’s Tober inducted into APTA Hall of Fame
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has inducted Parsons Brinckerhoff Senior Advisor Ronald J. Tober into its Hall of Fame.
Valley Metro Rail extends ACI contract
Valley Metro Rail (VMR), Phoenix, Ariz., has extended its light rail management services contract with Alternate Concepts, Inc. (ACI) through Dec. 31, 2016. ACI has provided transportation services to VMR…
TriMet unveils redesigned Siemens S70 LRV
Portland’s TriMet has unveiled the redesigned Siemens S70 “Type 5” MAX light rail vehicle at its maintenance facility in Gresham, Ore.
FTA, MARTA launch LRT study
The Federal Transit Administration and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are advancing a study that could establish Atlanta's first light rail transit (LRT) line along what's called the Clifton…
Fort Lauderdale mulls next streetcar phase
With plans in place for a 1.4-mile initial streetcar operation to begin in 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.'s Downtown Development Authority is weighing plans to add a second phase in a…
N.J. mayors push for Bergen County LRT
A coalition of mayors, including mayors from Hudson County communities already served by light rail transit, are publicly urging New Jersey officials to extend Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) into neighboring…
LRT aids Houston's 21st century hopes
Jettison the biases and stereotypes before you head to Houston, my brother-in-law cautioned me last month as I prepared for APTA Expo 2014. "It's really grown up; it's a real…
LACMTA receives first Kinkisharyo LRV
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has taken delivery of a pre-series light rail vehicle from Kinkisharyo International, LLC, under a contract for 78 vehicles awarded in April 2012.
Ceremony marks latest LA Gold Line advance
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) officials and others on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 marked the completion of trackwork for the Foothill Gold Line extension of light rail transit…
London Trackwork lands Ottawa contract
The Rideau Transit Group consortium, designers and builders of the OC Transpo Confederation Line (Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project), has awarded a contract to London Trackwork Inc. for the supply…
Next streetcar/utility sparring match: Milwaukee
Pro-rail forces in Milwaukee have one month to file a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's decision to force the city to pay for utility relocation needed for right-of-way construction.
Jablonski named APTA 2014 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager
Paul Jablonski, CEO of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), was recognized as the Outstanding Public Transportation Manager for 2014 by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Should rail advocates never oppose a rail project?
Back about 30 months ago I explained why I, and a number of other rail transit supporters, were critical of a plan for "urban rail" then taking shape from the official planning process…
M1 streetcar vendor not finalized, says spokesman
Reports that Detroit's public-private partnership overseeing construction of the Motor City's M1 (or M-1) initial streetcar line has selected Ostrava, Czech-Republic-based Inekon Trams, a.s., for streetcar vehicles are not quite…
Details for LA downtown streetcar emerge
Supporters of a streetcar for downtown Los Angeles now estimate the construction cost at $259 million, about double their original estimate, as details of the planned route have emerged.
FTA move slows south Jersey rail proposal
The Federal Transit Administration has declined to sanction an environmental study of a proposed $1.6 billion rail transit line linking Glassboro and Camden, both in New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs, the…
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