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SMART segment gets Small Starts designation
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, that the Federal Transit Administration has accepted SMART's San Rafael to Larkspur segment into the Project Development phase of…
St. Louis Loop Trolley in jeopardy
One of two streetcar projects in St. Louis, bolstered by a pledge of $22 million in federal funds, could still fall through if plans aren't finalized by next month.
Stacy and Witbeck win Detroit M1 contract
Alameda, Calif.-based construction company Stacy and Witbeck Inc. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, was awarded a contract to oversee implementation of Detroit's M1 Rail streetcar line, winning out over four…
Charlotte streetcar extension effort recharges
By a 7-to-4 vote Tuesday evening, May 28, the Charlotte City Council approved plans to add a 2.5-mile extension to its nascent initial streetcar line.
County interests slam Cincinnati streetcar
In Ohio, two Hamilton County commissioners are actively moving to thwart Cincinnati streetcar development, urging the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Regional Council of Governments to withdraw $4 million in funding…
Obama backs rail in FY14 transport budget
Continuing to back up his political position established in his first term, President Obama Wednesday included considerable funding for rail and rail transit projects in his proposed fiscal year 2014…
Fed aid lacking, Tempe revamps streetcar plan
Tempe, Ariz., officials are revising plans for a 2.6-mile streetcar, interfacing with the Phoenix area's Valley Metro light rail transit line, after failing to qualify for "Small Starts" federal funding…
OLI, FTA set transit Safety Education Grants
Operation Lifesaver, Inc., in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), announced Monday that grant funds are available to transit agencies and other governmental entities for rail transit safety education…
Study: LRT ridership gains are spectacular
OK, one more leap into the briar patch of controversy over light rail transit (LRT) vs. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), with a glance at diesel multiple-unit (DMU) light railway, and…
Feds (again) fund Detroil M-1 rail project
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced Detroit's M-1 Rail project will receive $25 million from the federal government. The planned streetcar line, at present set to run 3.3 miles,…
Sacramento marks funds for LRT extension
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday marked a ceremonial federal funding commitment to Sacramento's Blue Line light rail transit extension.
Back on the table: Buffalo LRT expansion
Buffalo, N.Y., has tapped Los Angeles-based AECOM to evaluate transportation expansion alternatives on behalf of Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, with Light Rail Transit, streetcars, and Bus Rapid Transit…
Sacramento LRT extension gets federal grant
Sacramento Regional Transit has secured $270 million in federal funds to advance its South Sacramento Corridor Phase 2 Line Light Rail extension. The announcement was made by House Rep. Doris…
Judge rejects latest quest to halt St. Paul LRT
Construction of St. Paul, Minn.'s Central Corridor light rail line can continue, a federal judge has ruled, turning aside protests from the St. Paul NAACP and the city's Rondo neighborhood.
LRT defeat jeopardizes bistate bridge project
Voters in Clark County, Wash., on Tuesday rejected a proposed 0.1% sales tax to extend light rail transit across the Columbia River from Oregon—and that rejection could jeopardize a multimodal…
LaHood: Detroit regional organization desired
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Detroit Monday with a suggestion that a Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority might be better equipped to land federal funding for transportation projects, including assistance with…
Mesa, Ariz., marks funds for LRT extension
Continuing a nationwide tour dispensing federal transit funds, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Friday bestowed $75 million to Mesa, Ariz., for a 3.1-mile extension of Valley Metro light rail…
Feds funds loom for Valley Metro extension
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff are scheduled to appear Friday in Mesa, Ariz., formally presenting $75 million in federal funding for extending Valley Metro light…
DOT: Prepare for new transit safety oversight
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is alerting U.S. transit operators "to prepare to meet new federal regulations that the Department plans on proposing in the near future. " LaHood offered the…
CATS extension gets FTA nudge
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Tuesday gave Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) approval to proceed to Final Design of Charlotte's 9.3-mile LYNX Blue Line Extension project, also called the…
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