Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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News April 03, 2017
Permanent repairs to damage caused in the Hoboken Terminal by a Sept. 29 commuter train crash that killed a woman in the station and injured more than 100 people will not be completed for another two years, according to N.J. Transit documents.   N.J. Transit's board of directors is scheduled to...

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News March 24, 2017
The cost to build light rail on I-90 in Washington between Seattle and Bellevue has zoomed $225 million higher than Sound Transit once estimated, now that final engineering work has revealed the challenge of retrofitting the roadway.   Transit-board members voted unanimously to approve a contract...
News March 23, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has unveiled plans to eliminate seven railroad crossings in the next few years.   Locomotives barreling across roadways often cause commuter back-ups and wrecks, which has become a point of concern for both residents and transportation...
News March 21, 2017
State transit authorities announced Friday that $217 million will be allocated to projects intended to upgrade roadways, bridges, and rail systems across California.   The California Transportation Commission allocated the money for 72 transit projects and are encouraging the use of alternative...
News January 17, 2017
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting ready for his first big ask from President-elect Donald Trump: a low-interest federal loan of up to $1 billion to modernize and expand Chicago's Union Station.   The Union Station project, part of a larger plan to attract private development on air rights over...
News January 09, 2017
President Barack Obama has signed off on federal grant money totaling nearly $1.1 billion that will go toward improving portions of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line on the north side of the city.   The money will be used to reconstruct the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations...
News January 05, 2017
Federal and local officials on Wednesday announced roughly $1.5 billion in new grants and loans for the second phase of the Purple Line subway in Los Angeles that will eventually run the length of Wilshire Boulevard to Westwood.   The Metropolitan Transportation Authority project has relied on...
News January 04, 2017
A Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Brooklyn during rush hour on Wednesday, injuring dozens of people and disrupting morning commutes around the city.   New York City Fire Department said 106 people were injured.   A spokesman for the department said that as the train came into Atlantic...
News December 08, 2016
The seven new stations for the MBTA Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford near Boston are now scheduled to open in 2021, pushing back the long-delayed project yet again, state transportation officials said Wednesday.   When the federal government pledged $1 billion to the project in late...
News November 28, 2016
In an unfortunate scenario over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, hackers apparently breached San Francisco’s mass transit system, forcing the agency to shut down its light-rail ticketing machines and point-of-payment systems and allowing passengers to ride for free.   A message reading “You hacked...
News November 04, 2016
After months of construction on the Amtrak route between Detroit and Chicago, service has returned to normal, just in time for the upcoming holiday season.   Three round-trip trains per day have been restored on the Wolverine line. In addition, 10 extra trains will be added during the Thanksgiving...
News August 26, 2016
Launching four years earlier than originally planned, officials say the $383 million South 200th Link Extension spanning 1.6 miles in the Seattle area will open $40 million under the budget outlined in Sound Transit 2, the voter-approved plan developed in 2008 to further Sound Transit’s expansion...
News August 22, 2016
Ten new trains will bolster Muni’s fleet thanks to a $45 million grant from California’s cap-and-trade fund.   More than 40 agencies applied for the funds, 14 of which were awarded, according to the California State Transportation Agency.   The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)...
News August 10, 2016
Metra in Chicago has suspended its search for a vendor to build 367 new rail cars because of a state shortfall in capital money.   The state of Illinois has put on hold more than $300 million in funding previously budgeted in the commuter rail agency's capital program, plus the state still has no...
News August 03, 2016
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission tomorrow will consider its list of projects over the next two decades, in which its biggest expense likely will be road maintenance.   The draft 2040 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan has $6.1 billion worth of projects, ranging...
News July 26, 2016
A New York subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy will be closed for 18 months starting January 2019 for repairs, shutting down of one of the system's most crowded lines, officials said Monday.   The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the decision to close...

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News July 21, 2016
Honolulu rail officials awarded an $874.8 million bid Tuesday to build the section of rail from Aloha Stadium to Middle Street.   The announcement makes it clear how far rail can go with the budget City Council capped at $6.8 billion.   Three construction companies working together were chosen to...
News July 06, 2016
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officials are inspecting two of their older commuter rail coaches made by Hyundai Rotem, after a defect on coaches from the same manufacturer prompted Philadelphia’s transit system to take one third of its fleet out of service.   The Southeastern...

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News June 29, 2016
This week, Amtrak cut the ribbon on a new, exclusive “Metropolitan Lounge” in Chicago’s Union Station. The $7 million comfort zone is intended (and reserved for) riders traveling in sleeping cars or in business class, as well as those in the top two tiers of Amtrak's Guest Rewards program only.  ...
News June 28, 2016
The proposed South Coast rail project in Massachusetts to extend commuter service to New Bedford and Fall River could cost $1 billion more than expected and take at least six years longer than scheduled to construct, state transportation officials revealed on Monday.   The long-discussed plan once...
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