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TriMet opens 85th MAX light rail station

Rail| December 2, 2010
The $3 million station, opened on the Blue Line in Gresham, was funded with $1.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration and $1.8 million from Oregon Metro. Plans for the station had been in the works since 1997 as the Gresham Civic Neighborhood developed.

Report: Light rail best for Toronto

Rail| November 15, 2010
According to the report, "Clearing the Air on the TTC," subways rate slightly better than light rail in terms of fewer greenhouse gas emissions, however, light rail vehicles, travelling on dedicated lanes, would outstrip that benefit by taking many more cars off the road because the city could afford to build more light rail.
Bus| October 29, 2010

L.A. Metro advances two rail projects

The $4.2B Westside Subway Extension would extend the system to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood, a congested and jobs-rich region of Los Angeles. The $1.32B Regional Connector would tie together all light rail lines in downtown L.A., providing major regional north/south and east/west rail line linkages.
Rail| October 26, 2010

Chicago continues 5000-series railcar testing

Being tested to determine how they perform when operating in the conditions that CTA's rail fleet is subjected to throughout the year. The prototypes must successfully complete testing on all eight rail lines before CTA will authorize the delivery of the remaining 396 rail cars.
Accessibility| October 26, 2010

Dallas to debut level boarding at all rail stations

This transition follows two-and-a-half years of construction and station closures. Special use platforms or "high blocks," which have served persons with disabilities and mobility challenges since the rail system opened in 1996, also will be removed from service, as these passengers begin utilizing the low-floor center doors in each train's center section.
Rail| October 22, 2010

Houston Metro puts 121 rail expansion contracts on hold

Board Chairman Gilbert Garcia emphasized that Metro expects the $900 million grant to be restored. First, however, the agency must cancel the $331 million railcar contract with CAF USA.
Rail| October 20, 2010

PB wins EIS contract for Detroit light rail project

The approximately $400 million project is for a proposed 9.3-mile light rail transit system expected to be in operation by 2016. The project is being structured as an innovative public-private partnership, with a private group, M1 Rail, providing funding and participating in the development of a portion of the system.
Rail| October 18, 2010

Transit top concern for Ottawa voters

Twenty-three percent of respondents said the city's plans for an upcoming light rail transit system concerned them most with 11 percent saying it was taxes. Overall, 57 percent said they were certain to vote next week.
Rail| October 15, 2010

San Francisco completes first refurbished LRV

The first completed LRV is currently being inspected by SFMTA personnel in order to ensure that all issues are addressed and that the rehabilitation of the remaining 142 vehicles is done correctly by AnsaldoBreda, the manufacturer.
Rail| October 14, 2010

Despite budget woes, Portland, Ore. to host Rail-Volution conference

More than 1,000 transportation planners, advocates and urban developers will attend next week, while TriMet struggles with light rail funding issues.

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