Light Rail

Jim Epstein suggests that Detroit's new light rail line is America's largest boondoggle; Matthew Yglesias argues that that ignominy belongs to Washington D.C.'s planned streetcar.
3 days ago   Reason
The proposed Grand Paris Express program, which began construction this summer and is expected for completion in 2030, will serve 2 million people a day at "wildly fast speeds." Then there's light rail in the United States.
Jul 24, 2014   the transport politic
In another example of Los Angeles slowly unraveling itself from prior legislation that hinder its transit goals, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow light rail construction in the San Fernando Valley.
Jul 13, 2014   Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to move forward with a station near LAX, proving they'd made more progress in the last 12 months than in the previous 25 years to bring transit rail to the airport.
Jun 30, 2014   Los Angeles Times
The rivalry between Dallas and Houston is well known, but Dug Begley recently made a compelling comparison between the two cities: their approach to commuter rail.
Jun 25, 2014   Houston Chronicle
With two new rail lines, serving east and southeast Houston, due to open later this year, early returns have been positive for the "North Line" extension of the city's Red Line.
Jun 19, 2014   Houston Chronicle
After clearing two lawsuits in February, and weathering a contentious mayoral election, the Honolulu light rail project is under construction.
May 14, 2014   Honolulu Civil Beat
After a recent report questioned the value Portland's light rail investments, a local journalist and a TriMet representative provide countering metrics of success.
May 10, 2014   The Oregonian
After a year of operation, Denver's 12.1-mile West Rail Line has provoked an ambivalent public response.
Apr 29, 2014   The Denver Post
Robert Trigaux wonders if the Tampa Bay metro area will be wake up to the country’s changing demands of transportation and end “the parochial arm wrestling over what kind (if any) of mass transit lies in its future.”
Apr 22, 2014   Tampa Bay Times
The answer to the question in the headline is “not very.” Thirty years into the initial experiment, however, light rail has not been the game changer it was hoped to be.
Apr 13, 2014   Atlantic Cities