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For Arlington County streetcar, a PPP option
Arlington County (Va.) Board members Monday approved plans to explore a public-private partnership arrangement to advance its proposed Columbia Pike streetcar. But the approval was strongly contested by a recently…
APTA: Transit ridership rising in 2012
The American Public Transportation Association on Monday said more than 7.9 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the first three quarters of 2012, an increase of 2.6% over…
Massachusetts: No Green Line PTC for now
Citing cost concerns, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has deferred any installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on Boston's Green Line light rail transit operation, saying lower-cost alternatives are…
Arlington goes it alone on streetcar study
Arlington County, Va., continues to pursue plans for two streetcar lines, both meeting at Washington Metrorail's Pentagon City Station—but the county will pursue both, for now, without the help of…
Ottawa picks consortium for LRT project
Ottawa city officials Wednesday announced it had awarded the Rideau Transit Group, a consortium including ACS Infrastructure Canada and SNC Lavalin, a design-build-finance-maintain contract for the Canadian capital's initial light…
Voters approve LA Streetcar plan
Supporters of a plan for a streetcar in Los Angeles Tuesday were cautiously predicting victory, as a special measure appeared to have enough support from voters Monday.
DART extends Blue, Orange LRT lines
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Monday morning opened two more rail segments on its light rail transit system.
Historic landmark latest DC streetcar obstacle
A Washington, D.C. high school Thursday was designated a historic landmark, adding one more obstacle to the city's proposed initial streetcar line.
Metrolinx OKs Mississauga LRT plan
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transport agency Metrolinx Thursday signaled its official support for light rail transit beyond the traditional Toronto market, approving plans for a 14.2-mile, C$1.6 billion light…
Sacramento LRT extension gets federal grant
Sacramento Regional Transit has secured $270 million in federal funds to advance its South Sacramento Corridor Phase 2 Line Light Rail extension. The announcement was made by House Rep. Doris…
TTC, Metrolinx sign Toronto LRT accord
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transportation agency Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission Wednesday signed an agreement outlining planned construction of four light rail transit lines in Canada's largest city.
Judge rejects latest quest to halt St. Paul LRT
Construction of St. Paul, Minn.'s Central Corridor light rail line can continue, a federal judge has ruled, turning aside protests from the St. Paul NAACP and the city's Rondo neighborhood.
Virginia Beach (finally) ready for The Tide
After at least 14 years of deciding to pass on implementing light rail transit, the Virginia Beach, Va., City Council has approved a study to explore financial aspects of extending…
Kansas City streetcar RFP draws interest
Efforts to establish a streetcar in Kansas City, Mo., has drawn interest from two companies, both of which filed expressed interest prior to the city's Nov. 21 deadline.
Rail fracas not part of Toronto mayor’s ouster
A judge Monday ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford violated conflict of interest laws and therefore cast the mayor out of office. But Ford's preference for subways instead of light…
Research study: New LRT projects beat BRT
An array of new light rail transit (LRT) projects came out ahead of new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in a research study I presented earlier this month to the…
Kenosha, Wis., mulls heritage streetcar extension
Kenosha, Wis., is pondering expanding its heritage streetcar line, and has included $10.2 million for the proposal in a two-year capital improvement plan. But concerns about traffic congestion have surfaced,…
Fiscal juggling aids San Antonio streetcar plan
A funding plan tapping Texas state dollars in a fiscal swap will free $92 million for San Antonio's proposed streetcar, being advanced by VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Court denies motion against LA Expo LRT
California's Supreme Court has denied a motion brought by a local neighborhood group to temporarily block construction of Los Angeles' Expo Line light rail transit.
Hurricane takeaway: Taking rail away hurts
One half-month after dealing up close and personal with Hurricane Sandy, here's my transport takeaway: Take away rail transit, and quality of life definitely takes another hit.
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