Kansas City Streetcar

A preliminary design and environmental study will be completed this year on bringing Amtrak service to the Warwick/T.F. Green Airport Station (pictured) in Rhode Island, which is currently served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. (City of Warwick Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, HART, Kansas City Streetcar, MARTA

Will Amtrak stop at Warwick, R.I.? Also, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board approves a new financing agreement for Skyline; the price tag for Kansas City Streetcar’s riverfront extension has gone up 75%; and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) breaks ground on a new transit-oriented development project in DeKalb County, Ga.

The proposed three-mile Omaha line would run on an east-west alignment along adjacent Farnam and Harney streets, from 10th to 31st streets. Officials hope it can be up and running by 2026.

A Streetcar for Omaha?

Omaha might get a new streetcar line in a few years, at least if Mayor Jean Stothert has her way, but a local senator objects to the plan because he does not like the way downtown Omaha would be described.

HDR assisted in securing FTA funding for four projects that, together, will add nearly 34 miles of light rail, streetcar and commuter rail lines. Pictured: An early-design station concept for Valley Metro's South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Project in Phoenix, Ariz.
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Supply Side: HDR, L.B. Foster

HDR advisors have helped three transit agencies secure a total of $1.23 billion for four projects under the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program; L.B. Foster Co. has hired a new Senior Vice President and CFO.

The Kansas City (Mo.) Streetcar Main Street Extension Project, which is in the Engineering phase of FTA’s CIG program, has been allocated another $49.2 million so the existing Kansas City Streetcar can run from its current terminus at Union Station 3.5 miles to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (rendering above).

FTA Allocates $544.3MM to Seven Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will allocate $544.3 million to seven transit infrastructure projects—five rail-specific— through the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. This discretionary grant program funds capital investments in rapid transit, commuter rail, light rail, streetcars and bus rapid transit (BRT).