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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rule "to increase oversight responsibilities of State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) by replacing the existing outdated regulatory framework with…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.
Honolulu project faces short-term fiscal shortfall
Honolulu City Council members have deferred a resolution assuring short-term bond financing for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)'s 20-mile elevated rapid transit line, now under construction.
Charlotte streetcar debut pushed back
Charlotte, N.C.'s initial 1.5-mile streetcar line, originally set to commence service in March, now has reset its debut for sometime in June, city official said Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.
Report: Private sector eyes LA streetcar
Amidst ongoing construction updates of light rail transit, Metrolink upgrades, and long-range preparation for high speed rail, the plentiful rail news streaming out of the Los Angeles basin often overshadows…
D.C. streetcar debut by New Year's eve?
All six of Washington, D.C.'s streetcars, including the youngest three delivered by United Streetcar, LLC, are undergoing what District Department of Transportation (DDOT) describes as pre-revenue operation, generating speculation that…
La Jolla link next for San Diego Trolley
The San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors (SANDAG) has unanimously approved the final environmental impact report (FEIS) for extending the San Diego Trolley from Old Town to La…
FTA OKs MARTA plan for LRT line
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have approved plans by Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for preliminary planning of a "Clifton Corridor" light rail transit line, which would be Atlanta's…
FTA, MARTA launch LRT study
The Federal Transit Administration and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) are advancing a study that could establish Atlanta's first light rail transit (LRT) line along what's called the Clifton…
FTA move slows south Jersey rail proposal
The Federal Transit Administration has declined to sanction an environmental study of a proposed $1.6 billion rail transit line linking Glassboro and Camden, both in New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs, the…
TEX Rail gets FTA, FAA nods to proceed
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T)'s TEX Rail project has received a Record of Decision (ROD) from both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Aviation Administration, the…
Fed Sandy funds to aid NJT recovery plans
New Jersey Transit will receive $1.27 billion from the Federal Transit Administration for five projects designed to help NJT recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, in part…
More companies back Detroit M1 streetcar
Add Ford Motor Co. and DTE Energy to the list of Detroit-area companies committing funding and other support to the nascent Detroit M1 (or M-1) streetcar project, now under construction.
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