Light Rail

One of the most heavily-contested transit projects in the United States, the Southwest light rail line in the metropolitan Twin Cities area, is encountering increased levels of political opposition.
Jan 12, 2015   MPR News
After passing a trial run with few problems this week, Denver's 12.1-mile West Rail Line is set to open to the public next month.
Mar 22, 2013   The Denver Post
A multi-agency planning effort is hoping to boost Phoenix's sustainability by creating a new model for urban development around the city's emerging transit corridor.
Mar 21, 2013   Global Site Plans - The Grid
Eric Jaffe reports on research that may give pause to light rail advocates who argue the mode can reduce congestion: ridership gains along new lines may come at the expense of buses, rather than cars.
Feb 28, 2013   The Atlantic Cities
After 25 years, Santa Clara's light rail has failed to live up to its promise, proving to be “among the least successful in the nation” reports Mike Rosenberg, while “serving as a constant reminder that the car is still king in Silicon Valley."
Jan 11, 2013   Oroville Mercury Register
By unanimous vote, Ottawa's city council approved the contract to build a $2.1 billion light rail system for the Canadian capital this week, reports David Reevely. The vote comes after the failure of a similarly bold rail plan approved six years ago.
Dec 21, 2012   The Ottawa Citizen
After decades of planning and development of its urban rail networks, will the American West change its image from car cornucopia to transit paradise?
Jul 29, 2012   The Architect's Newspaper
Many new light rail lines have been built in western cities in the hopes of attracting new development to greenfields. Los Angeles' Expo Line, however, is threaded through a heavily built-up area, thus complicating dreams of TOD.
Jul 28, 2012   California Planning & Development Report
Should Los Angeles be investing more in bus-rapid transit?
Jul 2, 2012   Los Angeles Times
Curious about a legislator's offhand remark that light rail is "a total waste of money," Marlys Harris investigates the extent to which motorized transportation modes in the Twin Cities are subsidized. It turns out light rail is a heavy bargain.
Jun 8, 2012   MinnPost
Big changes loom large over Little Tokyo, Kaid Benfield reports. The question is whether higher land values will steal away its character and cultural significance.
Apr 12, 2012   Switchboard