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“Other” Arlington, Va., streetcar route OK’d
Members of the Arlington Transportation Commission in Virginia voted 10-0 last Thursday to support the proposed Columbia Pike Streetcar initiative, overshadowed in recent weeks by a second streetcar effort being…
China acquires Bombardier tram technology
Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement providing CSR Puzhen, a subsidiary of China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. with a 10-year license to manufacture and sell 100% low-floor trams with Bombardier technology…
TriMet: New LRT bridge 41% complete
Portland, Ore.'s TriMet says its light rail bridge crossing the Willamette River was 41% complete as construction entered its second year July 2.
Bombardier Sustainability Awards go to GE, SKF
Bombardier Transportation has presented its Transportation Sustainability Awards to SKF Group and General Electric Co., "recognizing accomplishments in the field of sustainable development and emphasizing the strong strategic importance of a responsible supply…
William D. Kennedy, 69
William D. Kennedy, an internationally recognized expert on tunnel ventilation who was instrumental in the development of tunnel ventilation systems for road and rail tunnels worldwide, died on June 23…
Bombardier affirms BART option
Bombardier Transportation Tuesday affirmed an option order worth about $266 million placed by BART for 150 additional rail cars.
MTA juggles ESA work, LIRR rush-hour schedule
MTA Long Island Rail Road will discontinue three evening rush-hour trains, and adjust the schedule of others, beginning July 9 in order to facilitate ongoing East Side Access (ESA) construction…
Tumult ongoing for Charlotte LRT extension
North Carolina's state legislature Thursday approveda budget that restores state funding contributions for Charlotte's $1 billion Lynx Blue Line light rail extension to University City. The extension's prospects have been…
TIGER IV grants offer modest rail money
The federal government Wednesday announced its distribution of TIGER IV (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grants. While many "rail-related" projects were identified, some of those deal more with adjacent…
Transport research program, 50, adds rail to mix
After a half-century, America's celebrated cooperative model of transportation research has gained a railroad focus.
Former D.C. mayor obstructs streetcar effort
District of Columbia Council member Marion Barry seeks to stall or kill efforts to establish a streetcar line on H Street, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, even as initial construction…
Hamilton, Ont., still pondering LRT
Much like its larger provincial big sister city Toronto, Hamilton, Ont., continues to struggle to sustain momentum for light rail transit development. City staff say data is still being gathered…
Bombardier signs BART contract for new cars
Bombardier Transportation said Thursday it has signed a contract with Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for 260 new rail cars, valued at about $631 million.
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…
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