Transit Projects to Watch in 2015

The Transport Politic provides its seventh annual list of major transit investments, finding an enormous amount of effort and funds going into improving transportation systems around North America.

January 6, 2015, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Yonah Freemark provides his seventh annual "summary of major transit investments," which shows "expansion projects underway on about 100 projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, in addition to dozens of additional projects in various stages of planning."  

The thorough list provides multiple access points to more information about the ongoing transit investments around the country. Freemark sums up the prevailing winds in transit investment by noting the federal government's abdication of responsibility for transportation infrastructure and the resilience of local and regional interests in finding ways to move forward. "There should be no doubt about the interest of American metropolitan regions in investing in the future of their public transportation networks," according to Freemark.

For comparison's sake, Freemark's database estimated $81.5 billion worth of transit investments in 2014. 2015, according to Freemark, will see $90.6 billion in investments.

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