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"Continuing resolution" no solution at all
Congress can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to reauthorizing the surface transportation program. It's approaching three years since the silly-named SAFETEA-LU expired in September 2009.
Virginia Beach mayor: Hold LRT referendum
Virginia Beach, Va. Mayor Will Sessoms on Wednesday called for a referendum this November to gauge public support for extension of The Tide LRT from neighboring Norfolk. Sessoms made his…
Pittsburgh LRT extension debut looms
Pittsburgh's Port Authority of Allegheny County (pAT) says the city's North Shore Connector Project is ready for its debut March 25, as light rail transit will run from downtown under…
LaHood laments House discord on transport bill
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday he remains hopeful that the House of Representatives will succeed in passing a new federal surface transportation bill, while acknowledging their efforts so far…
Austin LRT plan criticized ... by rail advocates
Customarily, in almost any urban area, you'd expect your strongest rail transit advocates to be rallying around an official rail plan as it heads toward a possible ballot initiative. But in…
APTA: 2011 public transit ridership strong
The American Public Transportation Association said Monday Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation (bus and rail) in 2011, the second-highest annual figure since 1957. “Only ridership in 2008,…
House may ponder Senate surface transport bill
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday suggested the House majority might consider the Senate version of a surface transportation bill, following the collapse of support (even among…
Toronto City Council revamps transit agency
In a remarkable and continuing visible display of modal political strife, Toronto's City Council Monday removed five allies of Mayor Rob Ford from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), replacing them…
Seattle First Hill streetcar construction set
The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $68 million contract to Stacy & Witbeck to oversee the First Hill streetcar project, expected to begin construction next month.
Sacramento joins neighbor's streetcar push
Sacramento, Calif.'s City Council unanimously has approved involving the city in a starter streetcar route primarily traversing suburban neighbor West Sacramento.
Positive redundancy worthy, and worthwhile
Veteran rail advocate and friend Dan Lovegren called me from California on Feb. 26, 1993, asking me: How would I get home? New York's World Trade Center had been disrupted…
San Antonio weighs a major streetcar project
In case you haven't figured this out already, the urban rail transit mode currently in vogue these days is ... streetcars! And this is a good thing, because they were…
House stalls action on surface transport bill
Possibly due to any outcry of protest from numerous transport groups—and certainly due in part to defections within Republican House ranks—the House of Representatives has moved to delay consideration of…
For Ore./Wash. LRT, feds offer big money
Federal New Starts money would pay a substantial percentage of any light rail transit development on the proposed I-5 bridge linking Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., if the U.S. Department…
APTA applauds President's transport proposal
The American Public Transportation Association late Monday released a statement from APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy, praising the six-year transportation plan announced by President Obama in his budget proposal.
Ontario premier: We'll heed Toronto City Council
By accident or, more likely, by design, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has undercut Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and affirmed his support for the City Council, by saying the province will…
Toronto mayor, council spar over rail expansion
In a dramatic move, the Toronto City Council on Wednesday voted 26-17 in favor of maintaining (or reinstating) an earlier plan for extensive surface rail transit expansion in Canada’s largest…
APTA: Ways and Means transit posture hurtful
The American Public Transportation Association said Tuesday it will hold a media conference call Wednesday to brief callers on the “negative impact” the House Ways and Means Committees’ surface transportation…
Bombardier joins Russian joint venture for trams
Uralvagonzavod, Russia-based OJSC and Bombardier Transportation reportedly have established a joint venture to manufacture streetcars for the world’s largest nation, signing a letter of intent.
It helps if you ride (your mode)
Full disclosure and credibility claim right upfront: I ride the bus. More than once a year. And more than one O/D pair. That’s just to make it clear that the…
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