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FTA tightens safety screws on WMATA
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 7, 2016 issued an “urgent safety directive” to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) just one day after the agency released a…
Omnibus bill extends short line tax credit, funds TIGER and safety grants
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed an omnibus spending bill late last week that will keep federal agencies funded through the end of September 2016.
Red and robust
San Diego’s landmark light rail system, with its distinctive bright red LRVs, continues to expand in ridership and reach.
LRT beats BRT on key metrics: FTA
For several decades, U.S. proponents of “bus rapid transit” (so-called BRT) have waged a veritable war against light rail transit (LRT), relying particularly on a claim that BRT is “just…
Galveston to reboot (diesel) streetcar
Galveston, Tex.'s City Council, in a 6-to-1 vote Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, approved proceeding to re-establish the citys 6.8-mile diesel trolley car operation, which was discontinued in 2008.
Foxx proposes rail transit state safety oversight
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 a proposed rule "to increase oversight responsibilities of State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) by replacing the existing outdated regulatory framework with…
Milwaukee City Council OKs streetcar plan
Defying years of opposition from state and county officials, as well as resistance from some of its own members, the Milwaukee Common Council (City Council) approved a streetcar plan for…
Fed funds to aid NJT storm warning system
New Jersey Transit will receive $843,750 in federal funds to develop a validated forecast and warning system, in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, N.J., one of…
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…
2015 Passenger Rail Outlook
States and cities join those purchasing railcar equipment, often with varied modal needs, prompting fierce competition from industry suppliers eager to serve.
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