Light Rail

October 16, 2016, 9am PDT
Opponents of the ST3 transit funding measure in Seattle have argued that bus rapid transit is a cheaper alternative to light rail. A local write counter argues that point by making the economic case for light rail.
The Urbanist
October 15, 2016, 11am PDT
Eliot Njus reports on underwhelming ridership figures for the MAX Orange Line light rail service between Portland and Milwaukie. "Forecasts used to help justify federal funding for the project called for 17,000 average weekday trips in 2016. The
The Oregonian
October 13, 2016, 12pm PDT
The Dallas City Council picked a side with regard to the D2 line (it prefers a subway to above ground light rail) and the proposed Cotton Belt line (it can wait).
Dallas Observer
September 4, 2016, 7am PDT
Regional and county agencies figured out a way to move forward with the Southwest light rail plan without the help of the politically divided state. That could mean the state has time to climb on board by next year's legislative session.
MinnPost
August 22, 2016, 1pm PDT
Republicans in Minnesota are ready to put the final nail in the coffin of the proposed Southwest light rail project, which would connect downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie.
MinnPost
August 14, 2016, 1pm PDT
Besting all expectations, ridership numbers have increased 83 percent since Seattle's Sound Transit light rail system added two new stations, connecting downtown to the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the University of Washington.
Next City
August 5, 2016, 8am PDT
The $54 billion ST3 plan would add 62 miles of light rail over 25 years.
Seattle Transit Blog
June 27, 2016, 8am PDT
A light-rail link to the Los Angeles International Airport would accommodate bikes and buses, and could be here by 2021.
Urbanize LA
June 13, 2016, 7am PDT
A news report on Charlotte's Lynx Blue Line looks at whether ride-hailing services are complementing rail transit by providing vital first mile-last mile service or whether customers are forgoing the transit trip entirely. Ridership has been falling.
The Charlotte Observer
June 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
Seattle Transit blog compares rail investments from five cities around the country.
Seattle Transit Blog
May 23, 2016, 10am PDT
The $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile light rail extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is projected to double trips on the line by 2030, giving commuters a viable alternative to driving. Just the same, don't expect the extension to reduce congestion.
Wired
May 20, 2016, 1pm PDT
For a bit of fun, take this animated ride on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new Expo Line extension.
YouTube
May 14, 2016, 5am PDT
A new circulator system for Downtown Boise, Idaho is in the works, with the mayor gently throwing his support behind a light rail system. But questions over costs remain.
The Idaho Statesman
May 13, 2016, 11am PDT
Presenting less of an argument against transit than an argument for good transit and land use planning, Streetsblog surveys some of the country's worst performing rail lines.
Streetsblog USA
May 10, 2016, 8am PDT
The number of people parking at the new Gold Line light rail station in Azusa, California is outstripping the available supply of parking spaces, forcing many onto surrounding residential streets, which now has neighbors up in arms.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
April 24, 2016, 7am PDT
The new Sound Transit light rail link between downtown, Capitol Hill, and the University of Washington is already drawing a crowd.
Seattle Transit Blog
April 15, 2016, 5am PDT
If you've been waiting for a nice crossover of the Star Wars universe and the planning and urban design universe, here it is.
Gizmodo
April 8, 2016, 12pm PDT
The Purple Line light rail route will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton in Maryland.
The Washington Post
April 7, 2016, 1pm PDT
Since a March opening greeted with fanfare for its on-time and under budget delivery, local business are crediting the new light rail line connecting Downtown Seattle to Capitol Hill with big sales bumps.
KUOW
March 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
A $1.9 billion light rail extension, connecting to the University of Washington campus and the Capitol Hill neighborhood, will open to the public this weekend.
KUOW