Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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...
Silver line extension
Article October 12, 2017
The $1.8 billion Silver Line extension in northern Va. began its second phase in the middle of 2013.   After four years of intensive engineering and construction activity, track installation has commenced on the second phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail—known as the Silver Line—in Northern...
Railroad crossing
News September 06, 2017
A proposal to ease rail and traffic congestion by constructing a 261-mile rail line around the Chicago area has been rejected by federal regulators.   Great Lakes Basin Transportation's proposed tri-state rail line, which would have bypassed Chicago's busy terminal and operated through parts of...
light-rail transit
News August 22, 2017
Sound Transit has picked a joint venture to oversee the construction of two major light-rail extensions in the Seattle area.   The two firms, STV and Mott MacDonald, will work as part of the Northwest Transit Systems Partners (NTSP) joint venture, which Sound Transit's board approved in May. The...
Railroad crossing
News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money.   The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of what was once the...
Railroad crossing
News August 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.   The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to...
Railroad safety
News July 31, 2017
At a giant training and research facility in Pueblo, Colo., cutting-edge technology to prevent train crashes and save lives is under development.   According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were almost 11,000 train accidents and incidents last year alone, killing 805 people and...
U.S. Capitol building
News July 26, 2017
A Senate panel has rejected White House efforts to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants.   By voice vote, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment...
Light-rail commuter transit
News July 20, 2017
The Purple Line in Washington, D.C., is closer to getting back on track, after a significant ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.   A three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit blocked a lower court’s ruling that effectively kept the Purple Line from moving forward. The emergency stay will...
News July 11, 2017
The American Action Forum (AAF) released research late last week that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.   By way of example, political site The Hill said that Washington D.C.’s beleaguered Metrorail system...
News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...
News June 27, 2017
The Los Angeles Gold Line extension to Claremont will break ground this October based on a plan approved last week by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.   The 11.5-mile extension will push the Gold Line light rail further east through the San Gabriel Valley with an additional...
News June 01, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the grant recipients who will receive $197 million in competitive grant funding to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet the deadline...

Boston’s South Station.

Article May 31, 2017
Transit agencies routinely face demand for expanded and improved services. Adding new or additional passenger, freight, inter-city and high-speed rail (HSR) service to an existing rail network presents an array of challenges to railroads and state and federal agencies. Most agencies are faced with...
Article May 31, 2017
The recently completed R Line extension has brought light-rail service to the heart of Aurora, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Located along the I-225 corridor, the R Line extension is 10.5 miles long and was completed at a cost of $687 million. It traverses an urban environment, and includes eight new...
News May 31, 2017
Minnesota's Metro Transit has delayed the start of contractor bidding for the third time for the $1.9 billion Southwest light-rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie, setting the project back to later this fall.   Despite the delay, transit authorities say passenger service would still...

Image source: Larry Higgs/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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...

Image source: Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times

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...
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