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FTA gives nod to St. Louis Loop Trolley
Plans for heritage trolley service in St. Louis' Delmar Loop, dogged by lawsuits and delays throughout 2013, have been given preliminary approval by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Houston adds to LRT Red Line
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined elected officials and representatives from Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, to mark the opening of Houston's North Line light…
Cincinnati and Austin: Community urban rail proponents challenge City Hall
It should come as no surprise that campaigns for new urban rail startup projects have been meeting stiff opposition in a couple of American cities. That's usually the case, isn't…
Cincinnati suppliers: Thank the advocates
Christmas came early to Cincinnati streetcar advocates this year of 2013, on Dec. 19, to be precise.
Streetcar testing in D.C. under way
Testing and certification of Washington, D.C.’s first modern streetcar line has begun, with the first vehicle, supplied by Clackamas, Ore.-based United Streetcar, LLC, operating under its own power.
Cincinnati streetcar survives political turmoil
Construction on Cincinnati's streetcar project will resume following weeks of political posturing and gamesmanship culminating Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in a decision to let the project continue.
URS hired to aid LA Streetcar project
Los Angeles' Downtown Streetcar project, recently beset by cost concerns and pushback from some anti-rail quarters, has hired URS to restore momentum to the proposed project.
Three teams vie for Waterloo DBOM contract
Ontario province's Regional Municipality of Waterloo will evaluate three competing bids for a C$536 million (US$505 million) contract to build an initial 11.8-mile light rail transit line. All three bids…
TriMet sells heritage trolleys to St. Louis
Portland's TriMet Board of Directors has approved selling two GOMACO vintage trolleys to the St. Louis Loop Trolley Transportation Development District.
Phoenix selects southern LRT route
The Phoenix City Council, in an 8-to-1 vote, has approved plans for a five-mile Valley Metro light rail transit route extending south of downtown, choosing LRT over Bus Rapid Transit…
Six teams vie for Purple Line LRT contract
Maryland Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, that six private-company teams have submitted a "Statement of Qualifications" for advancing the 16-mile Purple Line Light Rail Transit project.
North-south first for San Antonio streetcar?
Pondering two streetcar route proposals while local anti-rail forces continue to attack the mode, San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit planners are recommending launch of a north-south streetcar route first, with…
DART LRT service comes back to life
Crippled by severe ice storms before and during last weekend, DART light rail transit resumed full service at 3:30 p.m. Central Time Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, on the Red, Orange,…
Houston gets set for LRT extension
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Harris County is concluding final test runs on a light rail transit line addition for Houston, a northern extension that reaches into the heart of…
UTA readies Sugar House streetcar debut
Utah Transit Authority's Sugar House streetcar is set to begin carrying passengers on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, with initial free ridership in exchange for a nonperishable food item to be…
Fighting Cincinnati mendacity, with money
Passenger rail supporters looking long-range on a post-Thanksgiving Monday morning aren't ignoring the latest obstacle confronting California high speed rail, nor are they oblivious to the Metro-North accident fatalities of…
Tucson Sun Link streetcar tests under way
Testing of United Streetcar 200 vehicles for the $197 million Tucson, Ariz., Sun Link Tucson Streetcar (also known as the Tucson Modern Streetcar) is under way.
FTA clears Valley Metro LRT extension
Phoenix's Valley Metro has received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Valley Metro's 1.9-mile Gilbert Road light rail transit extension.
Cincinnati streetcar may yet survive
A newly formed City Council, led by a newly elected, anti-rail mayor, still plans to obstruct or terminate Cincinnati's initial streetcar line, now under construction, upon taking office Dec. 1,…
Pennsylvania passes transport funding measure
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a $2.3 billion transportation package that raises the state gas tax and provides funding for rail operations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on Amtrak's Keystone…
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