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Fed funds boost LA LRT Regional Connector
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) officials and other transport personnel welcomed a $670 million federal grant aiding a Downtown Regional Connector, scheduled to open in 2020.
Norfolk LRT extension options mapped
Efforts to extend light rail transit from Norfolk, Va., east to neighboring Virginia Beach have received substantial political and media attention in recent years. But Norfolk and Hampton Roads Transit…
Patrick Watz joins HNTB
Patrick Watz, PE, has joined HNTB Corp. as rail transit practice leader and vice president. Watz has more than 21 years of transportation industry experience, including planning, program management, design,…
Atlanta gets first two Siemens S70 streetcars
The first Siemens S70 streetcar destined to ply the streets of downtown Atlanta arrived in Georgia's capital city Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, while a second car was slated to arrive…
Winston-Salem ponders streetcar project
Following Charlotte's lead in North Carolina, and perhaps pacing similar efforts in Raleigh-Durham, the Winston-Salem City Council's Public Works Committee has approved a streetcar proposal.
Fly/drive focus aids U.S. weather wimpdom
The winds at my back from the north actually aided my trip to work this snowy Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, also allowing me great visibility since the snow also attacked…
Wabtec to acquire Fandstan Electric
In a cash deal worth approximately $215 million, Wabtec Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire London, England-based Fandstan Electric Group Ltd.
FTA to Cincinnati: Consider more streetcar
Current anti-rail forces notwithstanding, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) appears to be encouraging Cincinnati to begin planning to extend its starter streetcar line, the latter currently under construction.
More LRT for Edmonton this summer
Edmonton, Alberta, will be opening the latest extension to its light rail transit system in late June, when the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Northwest Line is extended from Churchill Station, in downtown…
At high or low speed, a safety need
As the U.S. bolsters its passenger rail options, from high speed rail startups to streetcar revivals, those designing the safest land transport mode seek to make it safer still.
Kitchener to Waterloo, by LRT
After an absence of more than 67 years, rail transit is poised to return to Ontario's twin cities.
Tacoma OKs LRT extension plan
Tacoma, Wash.'s City Council has formally endorsed its preferred route for extending the city's existing 1.6-mile Link Light Rail (often defined by some as a streetcar) operated by Sound Transit.
RFQ issued for D.C. DBOM transit system
Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Monday, Feb, 3, 2014 "to firms interested in submitting Statements of Qualification (SOQs) to design, build, operate,…
HDR tapped for Grand Rapids streetcar plan
HDR, Inc. has been hired to revive a streetcar plan for Grand Rapids, Mich., using a six-year-old study as a baseline for the new effort.
Poll perpetuates Scarborough Line fracas
Public opinion over the future of Toronto Transit Commission's Scarborough Line apparently continues to vacillate, with a new poll suggesting light rail transit (LRT) once again is favored over a…
Kings' "assist" for (West) Sacramento streetcar?
The National Basketball Association Sacramento Kings have pledged to provide $500,000 to aid streetcar development in California's state capital as part of a traffic mitigation plan being developed by California's…
Tacoma LRT extension options weighed
Tacoma, Wash.'s City Council has informally endorsed a specific route for extending the city's 1.6-mile Link Light Rail (often defined by some as a streetcar) operated by Sound Transit.
San Antonio streetcar plan survives threat
Texas's attorney general will not appeal a judgment affirming the right of San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Tarnsit to sell bonds for several projects, including two downtown transit depots to serve…
Gainesville, Fla., weighs streetcar line
Consultants are working with a Streetcar Project Advisory Committee in Gainesville, Fla., to prepare a proposal for a line linking the city's downtown with the University of Florida.
Charlotte funds streetcar engineering work
Hoping to leverage a local funding commitment to obtain federal funds, Charlotte, N.C. has approved $12 million for engineering work on a 2.5-mile streetcar extension, expected to cost $126 million.
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