Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Brian W. Budzynski
Article May 08, 2019
A few issues ago I got pretty snippy about the unnecessary complication of buying a transit ticket in Washington, D.C. This past January, I was again back in D.C., attending the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting, and this time circumstance did not require me to use the city’s public...
Amtrak rail service
News May 07, 2019
Following the success of the previous year, Amtrak is on track for its best year as the company celebrates its 48th year of operations.    Fiscal year ridership is up 1.3% through March over FY18, and Amtrak is heading toward breakeven on an operating earnings basis by FY21. Amtrak has committed to...
Brooklyn Queens Connector New York City
Article April 23, 2019
Since 1956, New York has had the option of two modes of public transportation within the city. One is very expensive to build and maintain and really is only practical for heavily traveled corridors, while the other option is slow with high per capita operations costs. These two modes of subway and...
public transit; public transportation ridership
News April 17, 2019
Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation in 2018, according to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).   Compared to public transit ridership in 2017, there was a 2% decrease in ridership. Compared to 2017, commuter rail ridership in...
bus rapid transit; Las Vegas transit
News April 15, 2019
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) recently voted to boost public transit along the Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas by establishing a bus rapid transit (BRT) line to replace the existing Rte. 109 bus services.   According to the Las Vegas Sun, the new BRT line will have...
positive train control; rail safety
News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
rail transit accident Chicago
News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
transit; public transportation; New York; tolling
News March 05, 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a proposal to transform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and create funding streams for the agency.   For starters, the plan calls for the MTA to develop a reorganization plan to make the agency more efficient...
rail transit funding Amtrak Southwest Chief

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News February 28, 2019
Amtrak announced this week that it will provide matching funds to enable a federal grant to be awarded for safety and reliability upgrades on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.   Earlier in the month, Congress passed an appropriations bill which included critical funding...
Chicago-area Metra rail service suffers decreased ridership
News February 21, 2019
In the Chicago metropolitan area, Metra Rail is the system that gets commuting workers in and out of the city. Its service runs nearly 50 miles outside the city proper, but a recent disclosure by Metra seems to indicate that some people are turning away from the ease of a train ride and are more...
positive train control railroad
News February 19, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of the end of 2018.     All required railroads either met the December 31, 2018, deadline for fully...
San Francisco’s Transbay Tube will receive a seismic retrofit

Image source: Bay Area Rapid Transit

News February 14, 2019
The San Francisco Bay area has become almost notorious for its high cost of living and the plethora of out-of-town commuters who may work in the city but can’t afford to live there. One major artery that aids such commuters is the Transbay Tube, the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s 3.6-mile transit chord...
transit positive train control rail safety
News January 29, 2019
Sound Transit, the public transit agency serving the Seattle area, announced this week its completion of positive train control (PTC) implementation and certification on all Sounder commuter rail vehicles that run between Lakewood and Everett.   PTC technology can control train movements under...
MTA rail line
News January 25, 2019
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York struck an agreement with Empire State Development Corp. and Amtrak that will lead to four new Metro-North Railroad stations being built along an underutilized rail line in the east Bronx with access to Penn Station.    The parties signed a...
rail transit
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...
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