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 like light rail, but cheaper.”
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Voters in the Vancouver, B.C., metropolitan area will vote by mail between March 16 and May 29 on a half-per-cent sales tax proposal, which would be used to fund several transit projects agreed to by regional mayors.
More than 2.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the third quarter of 2014, up 1.8% from the comparable quarter in 2013, according American Public Transportation Association (APTA), releasing a report Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Rail transit ridership was a driving factor.
Seattle’s Sound Transit governing board on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 voted to seek new revenue sources for continued expansion of its rail, light rail, and bus system serving three urban Washington state counties.
Pending a signature from California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on a legislative bill, Los Angeles will be cleared to convert its Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to a light rail transit (LRT) operation in the future, reversing a longstanding prohibition and, perhaps, signaling to other U.S. locations that BRT’s benefits are, at best, limited when measured against comparable LRT operation.
Pro-rail advocates and officials gathered Thursday, May 22, 2014 for a groundbreaking ceremony for Kansas City’s 2.2-mile streetcar, with a target completion of construction sometime next year.
Region of Waterloo officials in Ontario, moving beyond a current plan to divide public transportation development into light rail transit (LRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), have begun moving ahead to extend LRT for the entire service area.
A conceptual plan for streetcar extensions totaling almost eight miles was given the go-ahead Thursday, March 27, 2014, by the Kansas City city council, with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) element also approved.
Tigard, Ore., voters appear to have approved Ballot Measure 34-210, which specifically rejects any effort by TriMet to extend MAX light rail transit into the community.