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Tumult ongoing for Charlotte LRT extension
North Carolina's state legislature Thursday approveda budget that restores state funding contributions for Charlotte's $1 billion Lynx Blue Line light rail extension to University City. The extension's prospects have been…
TIGER IV grants offer modest rail money
The federal government Wednesday announced its distribution of TIGER IV (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grants. While many "rail-related" projects were identified, some of those deal more with adjacent…
Transport research program, 50, adds rail to mix
After a half-century, America's celebrated cooperative model of transportation research has gained a railroad focus.
Former D.C. mayor obstructs streetcar effort
District of Columbia Council member Marion Barry seeks to stall or kill efforts to establish a streetcar line on H Street, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, even as initial construction…
Hamilton, Ont., still pondering LRT
Much like its larger provincial big sister city Toronto, Hamilton, Ont., continues to struggle to sustain momentum for light rail transit development. City staff say data is still being gathered…
Next LRT/university clash arises in Houston
With some exceptions, U.S. universities appear reticent to invite light rail transit onto the college campus.
TriMet budget sets flat fare, ends free rail zone
Portland, Ore.'s TriMet Board of Directors Wednseay approved a new budget that also revamped fare collection policy, in an effort to close a $12 million operations gap.
Sacramento LRT extension set to open
California's state capital, Sacramento, will add 1.1 miles of light rail transit to its expanding LRT system Friday, with the opening of a Green Line extension from the existing station…
Arlington, Alexandria set to merge streetcar plans
Two Washington, D.C. Virginia suburbs, each originally with its own plan for reinstating streetcars, are ready to merge their projects into one larger plan.
“Bus Snob”: Next pejorative label
Time to tag us light rail transit (LRT) advocates with a new label, now that LRT and streetcars are slowly but inexorably re-establishing their presence on the U.S. landscape.
Alstom lands Wuppertal signaling contract
Alstom Thursday said it has signed a signaling system contract worth 17 million euros ($21.4 million) with WSW mobil GmbH to install an ERTMS1-based train command and control system on…
Milwaukie, Ore., sets LRT payment plan
Portland, Ore., suburb Milwaukie has approved a plan to pay off $4.1 million it owes to TriMet over the next 19 years, though the particulars for payment are not yet…
MBTA taps Alstom for LRT overhaul
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Board of Directors Wednesday awarded a $104 million contract to Alstom for the overhaul of 86 light rail transit vehicles. The LRT cars were originally built…
Ottawa ponders western LRT route
Ottawa city officials continue to weigh four options for routing light rail transit through the western portion of the city, including consideration of citizen input along each route option.
Siemens plans Sacramento layoffs
Siemens Mobility announced Tuesday it will let go 44 employees at it Sacramento, Calif., manufacturing facility.
APTA: 1Q public transit ridership “surged”
Public transportation ridership surged in the first quarter of 2012, increasing 5.0% over the first quarter of last year, according to a report released Monday by the American Public Transportation…
DART marks Customer No. 250 million
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) early Monday morning heralded reaching 250 million customers since DART light rail transit service began almost 16 years ago on June 14, 1996.
At APTA conference, rail transit at its best
Big D, here I come! On June 2, some colleagues and I will be rumbling (literally) into Dallas to attend selected events in and around the 2012 Rail Transit Conference…
Bombardier unveils new PRIMOVE application
In Berlin Thursday, Bombardier Transportation unveiled a new application for both rail and road transit of what it described as its "game-changing" PRIMOVE system, applicable to rail and bus public transit.
Bombardier, Bratislava conduct FLEXITY tests
Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it and transport authority Dopravny podnik Bratislava (DPB) have begun test operations of a Bombardier's FLEXITY tram in Bratislava, Slovakia. Testing in the Slovakian capital city…
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