Topic : Tucson streetcar

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Streetcars: The Flexible Rail Transit Mode

| April 20, 2015

As an experienced designer of streetcar systems, one question I am frequently asked is, "Can a streetcar _____?"  The blanks are usually filled with design challenges, such as "turn left from a curb lane", or "go under a low clearance underpass" or "operate at higher speeds and frequencies." More often than not, the answer is YES!  Modern streetcar systems, such as those operating in Seattle, Tucson, and Atlanta, are modeled after European trams that are designed to fit within tight, complex, and built-out urban environments. The unique combination of vehicle's size coupled with the ability to operate in the same lanes as automobiles, trucks, and buses allow designers to create safe, efficient solutions to nearly every design challenge that arises.  

Atkins re-selected for 5-year FTA oversight contract

Government Issues| January 22, 2015

Services include monitoring FTA projects to determine whether they are progressing on time, within budget, and according to approved grantee plans and specifications.

Accessibility| September 26, 2014

Tucson streetcar ridership exceeds expectations

By the first week of September, the streetcar was averaging roughly 5,000 per day, and continues to have a high volume of riders.
Rail| July 21, 2014

Streetcar connecting U. of Ariz., downtown set to launch

The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority and through federal and other regional funds.
Rail| May 14, 2014

Ariz. streetcar to open this summer

July 25 is the expected start date. Economic development is well underway, with millions of dollars invested, officials say.
Rail| December 14, 2012

RATP Dev wins Ariz. streetcar contract

The contract, which is for three years with options to increase it to eight years, consolidates the RATP Dev strategy for its future in the USA where it intends to continue expanding in transit, paratransit, regular inter-urban lines and charter fields as well as tramways and light rail systems.
Rail| April 13, 2012

Ariz. breaks ground on $197M streetcar project

Will serve a population of more than 85,000 people who live and work within walking distance of 17 planned stops. The U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $78.7 million to the $196.6 million project thus far, including $63 million in TIGER funds awarded in 2010 and $15.7 million from other Transportation Department funding sources.

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