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NCTD ramps up rail trespassing enforcement with jail time
The North County Transit District (NCTD) is significantly increasing enforcement activities against trespassers along both the Oceanside to San Diego and Oceanside to Escondido rail corridors.
California pushes forward Sustainable Freight Action Plan
Evolving from an Executive Order issued last year by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and a draft version issued in May 2016, California has now released its Sustainable Freight Action…
California caps and trades $374 million for rail
As California's Cap and Trade program of greenhouse gas emissions advances, rail projects receive development grants: On August 16, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced 14 recipients for the…
Environmental review sprouts for northern section of CAHSR project
Both the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its federal partner, the Federal Railroad Administration, initiated the environmental review process for the project's northern section: the 51-mile line between San Francisco…
UP slates $121.6 million for California capex
Union Pacific announced a plan on May 4, 2016 to invest $121.6 million in 2016 to improve its infrastructure in California.
Sacramento streetcar clears first TOD vote
By a roughly 2-to-1 majority, Sacramento, Calif., property owners along a proposed streetcar route have approved plans to fund $30 million toward the cost of the 3.3-mile, $150 million project.
FTA funds ID'd for (West) Sacramento streetcar
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding could cover half the $150 million projected cost of the proposed 3.3-mile West Sacramento streetcar, contingent, per standard, on matching funding from state, local, and/or…
SCVTA to close LRT station, add track
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has authorized closing its Evelyn light rail transit station in Moutain View, Calif., with plans to add a second track at the site to ease…
County authority to oversee Santa Ana streetcar
The fate of Santa Ana, Calif.'s proposed streetcar project may rest with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which may assume responsibility for the effort as early as Monday, Aug.…
Santa Ana selects preferred streetcar route
By a 4-to-0 vote, the Santa Ana, Calif., City Council has chosen a proposed 4.1-mile streetcar route along the city's Fourth Street as a preferred option over a route along…
NCTD seeks TIGER grant for new station
California's North County Transit District (NCTD) said Monday, May 5, 2014 it has applied for a $5 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, for use in establishing…
MPO backs SMART Larkspur funding plan
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has maintained that success of its passenger rail startup in its California namesake counties was ultimately linked to ferry service to and from San Francisco.…
Caltrain electrification plan advances
Caltrain has released its draft environmental impact report for its planned electrification of right-of-way between San Francisco and San Jose, a distance of roughly 51 miles.
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…
Bombardier gets BART add-on order for 365 cars
Bombardier Transportation said Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 it will supply Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) with an additional 365 rail cars, part of BART's "Fleet of the Future," through a…
SMART gets more funds, adds station to line
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has approved $16.7 million in funds to extend passenger rail service to the site…
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.
NCTD notes work schedule for COASTER route
California's North County Transit District (NCTD) on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 specified track work dates for its Coastal Rail Line, used by its COASTER regional rail service, and part of…
Perris Valley Line groundbreaking looms
Construction of Metrolink's 24-mile Perris Valley Line extension in southern California is expected to begin next month, backed by $75 million in additional federal funding announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Whittier, Calif.: We want LRT
Whittier, Calif.'s City Council says it will engage in a "full court press" to acquire access to light rail transit, suggesting Los Angeles County's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has favored…
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