METRO Briefs

Posted on July 30, 2008



Seattle to vote on $17.9B transit plan

SEATTLE — Sound Transit board members are sending a transit-only plan to voters that includes a .5 percent sales tax increase one year after a plan that combined roads and transit failed. For the full story, click here.

Highway fund may borrow from mass transit

WASHINGTON — Since a decrease in driving is rapidly depleting the Highway Trust Fund, the Secretary of Transportation has suggested that the fund borrow from the mass transit account, which has recently seen a spike in revenue, due to high gas prices. For the full story, click here.

Northern California cancels rail tax measure

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In order to save another proposed tax that would fund a Sonoma-Marin county commuter train, the Santa Rosa City Council rejected a city sales tax that would balance next year’s budget. For the full story, click here.


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Feds wants more proof of local money for Durham-Orange light rail line

Go Triangle expects its Board of Trustees to vote April 26 on a $70 million engineering contract, which would be executed only after the FTA allows the project to advance.

SEPTA trains collide, injuring 4

Crews are still working to remove the 18 cars involved, with each car weighing about 37 tons. The NTSB is on the scene and fully in charge of the investigation.

Minn. legislators attempting to move $900M from rail to roads, bridges

GOP legislators have long sought to block planning and funding for light-rail projects, saying they put metro-area priorities above rural Minnesota.

Alstom secures $105M Australian trainset contract

The contract will expand PTV’s fleet to 101 trains (606 cars) delivered from Alstom’s manufacturing facility in Ballarat since 2002.

DC Streetcar fares to remain free

The decision to hold off on charging fares was based on two reasons — District Department of Transportation feared charging even $1 per ride would scare away passengers and charging a fare would actually cost the District money.

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