N.C. county to add transit referendum to ballot

The decision comes just under a year after Durham called the Triangle’s first transit referendum, approving its own half-percent sales tax surcharge with a 60% majority. Durham County is waiting to impose the tax until after similar measures are approved in both Orange and Wake counties.

S.F. MTA names director, capital programs and construction

Vince Harris will be responsible for the SFMTA’s $3 billion Capital Improvement Program, including new light rail extensions, facility upgrades and enhancements and system overhead wire and rail replacement projects, reporting directly to Director of Transportation Edward D. Reiskin.

Poll: Calif. high-speed rail losing support

Shows that while 53% of the state's voters approved a bond issue for a high-speed passenger rail project in 2008, 59% would oppose it if given another chance to vote.

NCTD launches e-ticketing pilot

The new technology, developed with CooCoo Inc., a Huntington, N.Y.-based transit technology company, allows customers to use a credit or debit card to purchase a Coaster train ticket from a computer, smart phone or tablet. The Coaster commuter train runs between Oceanside and San Diego seven days a week with a weekday ridership of about 5,600.

Questions raised about Detroit rail project

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood asked Mayor Dave Bing, Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the private M-1 Rail group about Detroit’s 3.3-mile, $137 million rail line project costs and who would eventually run it.

S.F. MTA receives $49M to fund rail projects

The Central Subway Project will receive $48.4 million in state funds, allowing for continued progress on extending the T Third Line. The Persia Triangle Project, which will improve pedestrian amenities and transit circulation at three intersections, will receive $675,734.

Pittsburgh Port Authority to cut 13 light rail stops

Stops selected for elimination were identified due to their low boarding counts and proximity to other stops. The longest distance any rider affected by the change would have to travel to reach another light rail stop is about 650 yards.

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