Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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News January 17, 2019
The Bay Area’s newest transit system will reach an important milestone this week as the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will surpass its 1 million-passenger mark after just over a year of service.   SMART ridership statistics show that the transit agency will reach the million-rider mark by...
Connecticut DOT making progress on Walk Bridge replacement
News December 24, 2018
Few are the bridges in the U.S. that have been around as long as the Norwalk, Conn., Walk Bridge. The 122-year-old structure has been a stalwart corridor, carrying rail traffic on Metro-North’s New Haven Line as well as Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor that serves passengers traveling...
Dallas commuter rail line
News December 18, 2018
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has approved a $783 million contract for Archer Western Herzog joint venture to design and build the 26-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line.   The line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Plano, and it will connect...
News December 13, 2018
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected Walsh Construction, along with joint venture partner Fluor, as the preferred partner to design and build Phase One of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program.   The $2.1 billion project will be the largest capital project in the CTA’s history...
light-rail line
News November 20, 2018
Sound Transit has secured an agreement with the federal government for a $1.2 billion grant to go towards the planned 8.5-mile Northgate-to-Lynnwood light-rail line in Washington State, in the Seattle area.   The agreement between Sound Transit and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) still...
Connecticut DOT opens rail discount program to boost ridership
News November 14, 2018
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new program that offers discounts and deals for rail riders at a variety of businesses in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The Transit Rewards Program will be applied to riders that use the Hartford Line, the Shore Line East...
public transportation
News October 11, 2018
Almost nine in 10 Americans, 86%, believe government should help fund public transportation, according to the findings of a new HNTB Corp. America THINKS national public opinion survey.   While this belief is held most strongly among Americans living in urban areas (92%), 85% of suburban...
Railroad upgrades
News October 01, 2018
U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao was joined today by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) and members of the Illinois congressional delegation for a grant announcement marking the award of $132,034,680 to the Illinois Department of Transportation.   The award funds the 75th Street Corridor Improvements and Argo...
transit expansion
News September 28, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has rolled out a sweeping expansion plan that extends light rail and bus lines across the city of Atlanta.   From the Emory campus to Campbellton Road, it would create new transportation options for several Atlanta neighborhoods. The plan...
Positive Train Control funding
News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
L.A. Metro Willowbrook
News August 29, 2018
The Los Angeles office of Stantec is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project in Los Angeles.   The Project will reimagine the existing Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station as a community hub with an...
rail improvements
News August 22, 2018
New Mexico’s commuter rail system has pieced together enough funding to complete a $60 million safety upgrade required by the federal government.   The state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $29.4 million grant to the Rail Runner...
rail crossings
Article August 07, 2018
Rail-highway crossings present a special set of safety challenges for transportation professionals.   Due to their vastly different mass and maneuverability, motor vehicles and trains have very different operational characteristics. Quite often, an inattentive driver who makes a mistake at an...
Charlotte Blue Line extension

All photos: David Murphy, courtesy of HNTB

Article August 07, 2018
Ten years after it was proposed, the 9.3-mile extension of Charlotte Area Transit Systems’ (CATS) LYNX Blue Line opened to riders this March, providing a direct light rail connection from Uptown Charlotte to the main campus of University of North Carolina-Charlotte.   The extension, built at a cost...
transit funding
News August 03, 2018
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a fiscal-year 2019 appropriations bill that provides $16.1 billion for public transit.   The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 also dedicates $2.5 billion for intercity passenger-rail grants. The...
commuter rail line
News June 19, 2018
A long-awaited commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield in Connecticut opened over the weekend with two days of free rides for the public.    The new line will nearly triple the number of trains that run along the I-91 corridor.   Gov. Dannel P. Malloy rode the new rail line...
bike-share for transit
News June 11, 2018
Coupling bike-share with public transit could be an important component when trying to increase light rail transit (LRT) ridership, according to a new study out of the University of Waterloo.   In their study, researchers from Waterloo explored the most efficient size of a bike pool that would...
Honolulu rail project
News May 16, 2018
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) wants to partner with private businesses to complete and sustain the city’s rail system.   More than a decade ago, Honolulu’s elevated fixed guideway rail system was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. Today, that price tag has nearly doubled, and ...
Transit projects
News May 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the city of Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light-rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016.   The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA, obtained by...
transit rail extension
News April 30, 2018
The California State Transportation Agency announced Thursday it would award $290 million to the Foothill Gold Line extension from Glendora to Montclair to support the project on both sides of the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line.   The 12.3-mile extension is currently estimated to cost $1.5...
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