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Research: BRT can truly be pricier than LRT
In my last article (Research study: New light rail projects beat BRT), I summarized the general results of a research study, co-authored with my colleague Dave Dobbs, that I presented…
More track, more streetcars, for Dallas project
Dallas's Oak Cliff streetcar line may get additional funding for more right-of-way work and two additional streetcars, should the Regional Transportation Council approve the transfer of funds Thursday.
Sacramento marks funds for LRT extension
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday marked a ceremonial federal funding commitment to Sacramento's Blue Line light rail transit extension.
Valley Metro readies next LRT groundbreaking
The city of Phoenix and Valley Metro said Monday they will host an official groundbreaking this Saturday, Jan. 12, for the 3.2-mile Northwest extension. The ceremony will occur at the…
AECOM lands Twin Cities LRT contract
AECOM Technology Corp. said Monday it has been awarded a $16.8 million contract by the Metropolitan Council for preliminary engineering work on the Southwest Lighrt Rail Transit project in Minnesota's…
Short line opposes Twin Cities LRT plan
Glencoe, Minn.-based Twin Cities and Western Railroad has voiced opposition to a proposed light rail operation serving the southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
AECOM lands MBTA Green Line work
AECOM Technology Corp. Thursday said, as part of a joint venture, it has been chosen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to provide advanced preliminary design services for extending Massachusetts…
Transit benefit restored in fiscal deal
Among the changes (and status quo) perpetuated by Congress in its Jan. 2 budgetary decision making, public transit users were offered a plus: the rise in pretax federal transit benefits…
Phoenix Valley Metro avoids LRT strike
Valley Metro light rail transit service will be available on New Year's Eve, following an interim agreement between local labor and the LRT contract operator.
Detroit transport authority signed into law
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has signed into law creation of a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for Detroit.
Back on the table: Buffalo LRT expansion
Buffalo, N.Y., has tapped Los Angeles-based AECOM to evaluate transportation expansion alternatives on behalf of Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, with Light Rail Transit, streetcars, and Bus Rapid Transit…
Ottawa awards first LRT contract
Ottawa's City Council Wednesday, in a unanimous 24-0 vote, awarded a C$2.1 billion initial contract to Rideau Transit Group to begin construction of the city's first light rail transit line.
Twin Cities suburb OKs LRT route option
Golden Valley, Minn.'s City Council, reversing an earlier stance, has narrowly given approval for a proposed light rail transit route linking Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Minneapolis. The vote was 3-to-2.
LACMTA addresses LRT track gauge flaw
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to repair a flawed junction where its Blue Line and Expo Line light rail transit routes converge.
Streetcars belong (Part 2: Even in the U.S.)
They're coming. They're actually now being built, not just planned, not just proposed. Streetcar lines are back.
When the trains stopped
Hurricane Sandy stranded millions for days. It will take billions to fully recover from the monster storm’s windy, watery wallop.
DART gets grant for DFW airport LRT access
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Thursday approved a nearly $120 million loan that will enable Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to advance construction on the third phase of its light rail…
Kansas City OKs streetcar, hires HDR Inc.
Eligible voters in a special assessment district have approved plans for a two-mile streetcar line to run through downtown Kansas City, Mo.
NJT: 261 passenger cars need post-Sandy fix
Questioned Tuesday by New Jersey's Assembly Transportation Committee—but not as harshly as some expected—New Jersey Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein said the company had sustained $100 million in damage to…
For Arlington County streetcar, a PPP option
Arlington County (Va.) Board members Monday approved plans to explore a public-private partnership arrangement to advance its proposed Columbia Pike streetcar. But the approval was strongly contested by a recently…
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