Light Rail Transit (LRT)

$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...
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...
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