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DDOT pleased by streetcar RFI responses
Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Thursday said response to its Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposal (RFQ/RFI) was sufficient for the agency to pursue a 22-mile streetcar network serving…
LRT defeat jeopardizes bistate bridge project
Voters in Clark County, Wash., on Tuesday rejected a proposed 0.1% sales tax to extend light rail transit across the Columbia River from Oregon—and that rejection could jeopardize a multimodal…
Houston LRT backers decry OK to divert funds
Light rail transit advocates in Houston Wednesday morning mourned passage by voters of a referendum allowing Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) to divert 25% of its transit sales…
Eastern U.S. rail initiatives gain ground
Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would…
Twin California defeats loom for rail
Los Angeles County voters Tuesday who supported Measure J, extending a half-cent tax for public transportation, accounted for 65% of those voting on the measure, thus falling short of a…
In LA, Measure J seeks more transit funds
At least 19 measures involving rail and public transit are on the ballot Tuesday across the U.S., with Los Angeles County potentially the biggest player involved. Voters in America's second-largest…
NY/NJ transportation continues its state of emergency
New York and New Jersey rail transit remains in a state of emergency while crews work at a non-stop pace to repair damage and restore service.
Limited transit service returns to New York, New Jersey
New York-area public transit riders now have free access to limited service on Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North, and New York City Transit lines. New Jersey Transit…
Alstom to modernize MBTA rail and LRT fleet
Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has awarded Alstom Transport two rail fleet modernization contracts with a combined value of approximately $220 million.
Hurricane Sandy devastates NY/NJ-area passenger rail systems
Hurricane Sandy, the worst storm of its type to hit the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area in generations, had a devastating impact upon the region’s passenger rail systems, the busiest…
Kansas City streetcar proposal receives funding, FTA environmental approval
The Kansas City streetcar proposal has received funds from the Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) Board of Directors totaling $ 17.7 million.
Seattle secures funding to design First Hill Streetcar line's Broadway Extension
Seattle, Wash., has secured funding to plan and design the First Hill Streetcar line's Broadway Extension.
Santa Ana next in line for LRT?
Expanding light rail transit reach in the Los Angeles basin could next include a 20-mile LRT line from LA's Union Station to downtown Santa Ana, in Orange County, Calif.
PB’s Henke earns APTA business member award
Cliff Henke, a Senior Principal Technical Specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff, has received the American Public Transportation Association’s 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member of the Year Award.
Islanders to Brooklyn: Net(s) plus for rail
Studies suggest that new sports arenas, or relocation of professional sports teams, don't really benefit or bolster a local economy. Perhaps, instead, they reflect the locale's existing health. So it…
Anaheim City Council OKs streetcar proposal
The Anaheim, Calif., City Council, in a split 3-2 vote, has advanced a 3.2-mile streetcar plan that would serve, among other points, the original Disneyland.
D.C. readies streetcar tests
Streetcar tests are slated to start this winter in Washington, D.C.'s Southeast, specifically in Anacostia along S. Capitol Street, according to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). But a revenue…
CATS lands funds for Blue Line LRT extension
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff was in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday to announce a Federal Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFFGA) for the Lynx Blue Line light rail transit extension in Charlotte,…
LaHood: Detroit regional organization desired
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Detroit Monday with a suggestion that a Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority might be better equipped to land federal funding for transportation projects, including assistance with…
First Siemens “H2” LRV debuts in Houston
Siemens Mobility light rail car #201 is slated to enter revenue service Tuesday for Houston MetroRail, after a ceremony was held Monday at MetroRail's Rail Operations center.
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