Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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...
rail transit system
News April 27, 2018
Merging the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) with the region’s other commuter rail systems is vital to supporting growth and improving access to jobs in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to a new report published Wednesday.   The report from nonprofit Regional Plan...
Rail transit safety
News April 13, 2018
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that recommends the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) strengthen its safety oversight by improving guidance the agency provided to states.   Specifically, GAO suggests the FTA create a plan for developing risk-based inspection guidance...
subway
News March 09, 2018
After replacing necessary rails on the Metro SubwayLink system, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has reopened the Metro line as of 5 a.m. on Friday, March 9.   The subway was shut down Feb. 11, and reopened three days ahead of schedule. The...
Rail line extension
News February 26, 2018
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined local, state and federal officials on Friday to break ground on Section 2 of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project that will add 2.6 miles of new subway service to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.   Major...
$162 million up for grabs after Glendale, Az. light rail is mothballed
News January 18, 2018
As the result of an action taken by council members of the city of Glendale, Az., city traffic planners are looking at millions of available dollars for transportation projects.   “The Dec. 12 action by council to remove the [West Phoenix/Central Glendale High Capacity Transit Project] from our...
train safety
News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
rail
News January 05, 2018
Full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems across the nation’s rail network is a top priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in 2018, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a recent statement.   PTC systems are designed to automatically stop a train in...
Georgia’s Fulton County floats transit plan that includes BRT service
News December 15, 2017
After a series of public forums in which county representatives engaged with residents, officials in Fulton County, Ga., have created a transit master plan that calls for extensions of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).   The $16 billion plan also calls for light rail at the...
light-rail extension
News December 04, 2017
Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the latest expansion of Los Angeles County's growing light-rail commuter system.   Over the weekend, the event at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., celebrated the work commencing on a $1.5 billion, 12.3-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line from...
L.A. mayor to announce final projects for “28 by 28” transit initiative
News November 30, 2017
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is soon to announce the final projects for the city’s “28 by 28” initiative, the goal of which is to complete 28 regional transit projects prior to the city’s hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics, reported The Architect's Newspaper.   The proposal includes 16 projects...
Minneapolis Metro Transit to limit Super Bowl LRT use to ticket holders
News November 16, 2017
With Super Bowl LII less than three months away, planning is well in process, and one aspect of that planning—public light rail transit service—is causing something of a stir.   Metro Transit has indicated that Blue Line trains between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted...
Rail cars
News October 25, 2017
The first eight of 136 Metrorail cars to replace Miami-Dade’s metro fleet in Florida are in various stages of testing, according to the county Department of Transportation and Public Works.   The first train is on schedule to begin service by the end of November, and 16 cars are currently in...
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