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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…
Fed funds sought for Providence streetcar plan
Providence, R.I., officials seek $39 million in federal TIGER funding to help advance a $114.4 million streetcar plan to serve Rhode Island's capital.
LACMTA eyes contractor for Crenshaw LRT
A report released Friday, June 7, 2013, by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff recommends LACMTA award a $1.27 billion contract to Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors, to advance the Crenshaw…
TriMet, county reach property transfer pact
Clackamas County, Ore. commissioners have unanimously approved a property transfer that will allow TriMet to build the Trolley Trail through Milwaukie and Oak Grove concurrent with Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit…
Fort Lauderdale streetcar funding plan OK’d
Property owners in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will pay a special assessments tax to help pay for implementation of phase one of The Wave, the city's initial streetcar line.
Public workshops to explore advancing The Tide
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) will oversee three public workshops this month on the proposed extension of The Tide light rail transit to Naval Station Norfolk.
TriMet taps Siemens for regenerative power
Portland, Ore.'s TriMet has selected Siemens Mobility to install what is claimed to be the first regenerative "battery" for U.S. passenger rail service, the Sitras Energy Storage Unit, to be…
Seattle seeks to merge streetcar lines
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced plans Monday, June 3, 2013, to connect two separate streetcar lines with a link through the city’s downtown, dubbed the Center City Connector.
Alstom's Citadis makes APTA splash
Alstom ceremonially debuted its Citadis Spirit light rail transit product Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to the North American market at the 2013 American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in Philadelphia.
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