Heavy Rail

Red T train passing on elevated rail with Boston buildings in background.

Boston Commuter Rail Recovering Rapidly

The ‘T’ is reworking its schedule to offer more reliable and flexible service, including more midday and weekend trains.

June 5, 2024 - Route Fifty

MARTA public transit train station in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Announces Four New MARTA Stations

The city’s Beltline will gain a new connection to heavy rail.

March 27, 2024 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Springfield, MA outdoor Amtrak station platform with train pulling in.

USDOT Awards $108 Million Grant for Massachusetts Rail Improvements

The grant will fund track and signal improvements to allow more trains to run faster on a segment between Boston and Springfield.

September 27, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

Chicago Intercity Rail

Amtrak Ramping Up Infrastructure Projects

Thanks to federal funding from the 2021 infrastructure act, the agency plans to triple its investment in infrastructure improvements and new routes in the next two years.

September 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

A map of the planned route of GoTriangle commuter rail.

FTA Rejects North Carolina Commuter Rail Funding

As commuter patterns shift, so too do the transit funding preferences of the federal government.

July 31, 2023 - The News & Observer

An eastbound Amtrak Empire Builder passes through the Cascade Mountains as the trees turn fall colors in Skykomish, WA

A Look at Amtrak’s Ambitious Expansion Plan

The agency wants to add new lines, improve service, and modernize its fleet as part of a $75 billion plan to revive U.S. train travel.

July 16, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

View from above platform in D.C. Brutalist subway station with people waiting on platforms

D.C. Leads the Nation for Transit Recovery

Ridership on the region’s rail systems is rebounding faster than other major transit systems.

July 9, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Map of proposed Baltimore Red Line transit line alignment with white boxes showing open questions

Details Start to Emerge for Revived Baltimore Red Line

The long-awaited east-west transit line is moving forward with support from a new governor, but still has a long road ahead.

June 22, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Golden sunset view of New York City subway train on elevated track with Empire State Building in background

The U.S. Lags in High-Quality Transit Investment

While other countries are boosting investment in their light and heavy rail systems, transit projects in U.S. cities have slowed, signaling diminished commitment to transit expansion.

January 25, 2023 - the transport politic

New York Subway

Big Transit Projects To Look Forward to in 2022

An exhaustive list of all fixed-guideway projects scheduled to open or break ground in the U.S. in 2022.

January 28, 2022 - the transport politic

Washington DC Metro

What Transit Systems Can Learn From D.C. Metro

The nation's second-largest transit system—and one of its newest—persists in the face of a host of challenges exacerbated by the pandemic.

January 12, 2022 - Governing

Amtrak Train

Changes for Amtrak in the New Infrastructure Bill

While the agency is receiving less funding than advocates say is needed, it will also have a new mandate that prioritizes public service over profitability.

August 6, 2021 - New York Times

D2 Subway

Dallas Subway Project Gets a Key Green Light

The Dallas City Council kept the d2 subway plan on track with a vote this week.

March 26, 2021 - D Magazine

Westside Los Angeles

Monorail or Heavy Rail Planned for L.A.'s Busy Connection Between the Valley and the Westside

It' down to two options for a rail transit connection over the Sepulveda Pass, following the path of Interstate 405 between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of Los Angeles.

February 17, 2021 - Urbanize LA

CRRC train

Congress Intends to Ban Chinese Rail Cars

The U.S. is an expensive place to build transit resources. A move from Congress to ban Chinese rail cars over espionage fears may exacerbate that problem.

March 25, 2019 - Governing

Los Angeles Subway

Manila Subway Construction Underway

The Philippine capital will get an extension to its rail system with a new subway that will connect to the city’s airport.

March 15, 2019 - Next City

Portland Commuter Rail

Ridership on Commuter Rail to Portland Suburbs Falling Quickly

Ridership is declining on TriMet's Westside Extension Service, reflecting declines on other parts of the system. This commuter rail line, however, has its own unique set of issues.

May 24, 2018 - The Oregonian

A New Generation of Subway Cars Coming to New York

The first "open gangway" subway cars are due to arrive in New York in 2020. These cars enable passengers to freely walk between cars without having to struggle to open doors to access an adjacent car.

February 9, 2016 - The New York Times

Transit Ridership

U.S. Subway Car Design Behind the Curve

Yonah Freemark examines U.S. subway systems and notes the lack of "open gangways" (i.e., the space between the cars). Only in the U.S. do doors separate cars. What gives?

April 8, 2015 - the transport politic

Heavy Rail to Link Denver and Airport

Work has begun on a long-sought rail line linking downtown Denver to the city's international airport.

August 31, 2010 - USA Today

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