Light Rail Transit (LRT)

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...

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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...

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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...

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...
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...
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