Light Rail

May 27, 2010, 5am PDT
Plans to expand Charlotte's CATS light rail system to a nearby university could be delayed by a decade or more.
The Charlotte Observer
May 20, 2010, 7am PDT
Despite uncertainties about funding and objections from the city's mayor, Toronto's light rail plans are moving ahead, according to transit officials.
Global Toronto
April 27, 2010, 6am PDT
In Tampa, voters can't seem to untangle an upcoming one-cent sales tax to fund light rail with the Obama administration's recent $1.25 billion award for high-speed rail, though the funding is completely separate.
The St. Petersburg Times
April 22, 2010, 5am PDT
Tysons Corner, Virginia, represents an unlikely pilot project for "desprawling" America's suburbs, but the expansion of Metro rail through the town has been seized by local officials as an opportunity to revamp the city's urban form and density.
Good
April 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Changing demographics and transit demands in the Phoenix area are causing transit planners to rethink where the region's light rail system should expand.
The Arizona Republic
April 13, 2010, 1pm PDT
Denver's transit agency is considering a plan to ask voters to make a further increase to the county's sales tax in order to fund the region's FasTracks light rail system.
The Denver Post
April 8, 2010, 9am PDT
When Charlotte's new light rail line opened, it vastly exceeded anticipated ridership figures. As the city plans an extension of the system, the federal government is revising how it distributes funding to avoid making the same mistake again.
The New York Times
April 7, 2010, 1pm PDT
A half-cent sales tax increase to fund transit passed handily yesterday in St. Louis County, Missouri.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 29, 2010, 12pm PDT
Federal officials are looking at an unlikely city as a model for urban public transit: Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2010, 2pm PDT
Austin's Capital MetroRail Red Line opens today after two years of delay and budget overruns. Intended as a showcase line, Yonah Freemark claims the line will see very few riders.
the transport politic
March 19, 2010, 10am PDT
Plans to construct a waterfront rail line in Philadelphia are moving forward, with the recent approval of a $6.5 million contract to perform environmental reviews.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2010, 10am PST
Plans to create a waterfront rail line in Philadelphia are moving forward, as the city approves funding for environmental studies and early design work.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2010, 6am PST
PBS documents Detroit's attempts to overcome its history as "the Motor City" to create new ways of getting people around. Transit advocates play a big part in this preview, which includes renderings of projected transit options.
PBS
Blog post
February 7, 2010, 1pm PST

 

When faced with the costs and logistics of rail, planners and city officials increasingly seem to favor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a trend likely to continue through the current recession.  But even with the many persuasive arguments for BRT, the nagging question remains:  why not rail?

Diana DeRubertis
February 7, 2010, 11am PST
Transportation officials in Los Angeles have approved the extension of one of the city's light rail lines out to Santa Monica. The new 7-mile link will connect the oceanside town to downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Times
January 13, 2010, 8am PST
A $5.35 billion plan to build a light rail system in Honolulu, Hawaii, is on rocky ground as the state's governor has joined the opposition movement.
the transport politic
January 11, 2010, 7am PST
Residents and visitors to downtown Portland have long enjoyed taking buses, LRT, and streetcar within a perimeter known as Fareless Square at no cost. While the MAX and streetcar will remain 'fareless', the bus will cost you. New name: Free Rail Zone
OregonLive.com
January 8, 2010, 6am PST
The Denver Regional Transportation District is forecasting an increasing gap between what it will cost to complete the region's FasTracks light rail system and how much taxpayer money will be available to fund its construction.
The Denver Post
December 25, 2009, 5am PST
A public-private partnership has come together to fund a 3.4-mile light rail line through Detroit's commercial district, and convinced the Feds to bend the rules a little to bring it to reality.
the transport politic
December 1, 2009, 1pm PST
Ten years after its opening, over a million Utahns now hop aboard the SLC-area light rail each month.
Salt Lake Tribune