CATS receives $580M for light rail expansion

The 9.3 mile LYNX Blue Line light rail extension will add service along what will become an 18.6-mile corridor in Northeast Charlotte and will help to reduce congestion along Interstate 85 and US 29, where commercial and residential growth is expected to continue.

Amtrak taps DeCataldo Jr. to lead NEC

In addition, Amtrak is in the process of setting up business lines for long distance, state corridor and commuter operations.

Honolulu rail project shutdown to cost $114M

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO told the City Council that the agency bases the figure on contractor delay claims, change orders and new expenses tied to the court-ordered construction shutdown of the rail project.

VIA Rail Canada, partner launch travel search site

Agency and global travel search site Skyscanner integrated major intercity rail search into its existing flight search capability. Travelers searching for flights on the Skyscanner site between Toronto and Montreal, for example, will see the air and rail travel alternatives in the search results.

Houston Metro unveils Siemens light railcar

Unit 201 will roll into service as the first of a new generation of Houston light railcars dubbed H2s. Nineteen of the H2s will join the current 18-member, nine-year-old MetroRail LRVs over the next year and a half. The S70 LRV is electrically powered from an catenary system and carries about 200 passengers per car.

Mich. lawmakers’ approval needed to advance public transit

Mayor Dave Bing, Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that a regional transit authority is needed in Detroit to finalize $25 million in federal funding for a series of rapid buses and another $25 million for a light rail streetcar project.

N.Y. unveils proposal to increase fares, tolls

The increases come during an era of successful and unprecedented MTA management actions to cut controllable expenses. In fact, the MTA will spend less in 2012 on its controllable costs than it did in 2011. Year-over-year controllable costs are lower by 0.3%.

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