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Next LRT/university clash arises in Houston
With some exceptions, U.S. universities appear reticent to invite light rail transit onto the college campus.
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.
MTA NYCT to boost L Line subway service
Aided by New York's first successful application of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), New York City Transit's L Line will add service frequency June 9 in response to rapidly growing…
“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.
STV marks 100th anniversary
In 1912, Elwyn E. Seelye founded a structural engineering firm in New York City bearing his name. Elwyn E. Seelye & Co. would eventually evolve into a multi-disciplinary practice, and…
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.
Bombardier signs MTA NYCT contract
Bombardier Transportation announced Monday that it has signed its contract for 300 R179 subway cars with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to be delivered to New York City Transit (NYCT).…
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…
LACMTA OKs Purple Line extension
Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given its approval to the latest regional rail transit extension, a nine-mile addition of the Purple Line subway to Westwood.
Wabtec signs component contract for MTA NYCT
Wabtec Corp. said Thursday has signed contracts valued at about $34 million to provide components for 473 subway cars being supplied by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to MTA New York City Transit…
Alstom breaks ground for Quebec plant
In Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, the Société des parcs industriels Sorel-Tracy (SPIST) on Friday launched construction of the new Alstom manufacturing facility. Sorel-Tracy Mayor Réjean Dauplaise and other dignitaries were in attendance…
APTA: Fluctuating fuel prices spur transit use
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Building America’s Future (BAF) Tuesday released a study predicting that record numbers of Americans will turn to public transportation as a cost-cutting measure…
BART taps Bombardier; U.S. content at issue
BART's Board of Directors Thursday approved an $896 million contract with Bombardier Transportation for 410 cars to replace its aging rapid transit fleet, covering much of BART's self-prescribed need for…
NYCT's No. 7 extension gets first rails
MTA New York City Transit announced Thursday that the No. 7 subway extension to Manhattan's West Side, now 65% complete, has just received its first set of rails.
MTA East Side Access deadline slips again
Confirming what many have suspected, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota on Tuesday acknowledged that the agency's East Side Access Project likely would not be completed until 2019,…
Skanska Koch gets PATH/WTC contract
Skanska Koch, a division of Skanska USA Civil, said Wednesday it has been awarded a $10 million contract with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA) to…
NYC subways adding 28 locomotives
MTA New York City Transit on May 1 took delivery of the first of 28 new diesel-electric locomotives it is acquiring from Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower, Inc.
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