DART awarded $125M TIFIA loan for rail extension

The extension, which will connect Irving, Texas, with Dallas Fort Worth Airport, is part of a long-term effort to create a 90-mile light rail network by 2014 to serve the Dallas metropolitan area.

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.

UTA launches commuter rail, cuts bus routes

Rail was planned in an effort to expand and enhance public transit between Salt Lake City and Utah counties. However, the agency had to cut the length of some bus routes to accommodate the new rail line, due to budgetary constraints.

NJ Transit chief defends decision not to move trains before Sandy

When asked at a hearing why the agency didn’t move hundreds of railcars and engines before superstorm Sandy struck, executive director Jim Weinstein defended the decision. He said it was based on the fact that its yards had never flooded in NJ Transit’s nearly 30-year existence.

Triangle Transit light rail project lauded by Sierra Club

Proposed Durham/Orange Light Rail Transit Project named one of the best transportation projects in the U.S. in the organization’s national report, “Smart Choices, Less Traffic: 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects in the United States.”

Charlotte, N.C. breaks ground on streetcar line

The initial 1.5-mile section will include six stops along an east-west transit corridor that will make it easy for passengers to catch either a local transit bus or board the LYNX light rail.

Driver inattention and poorly maintained brakes led to collision with Amtrak train

On Friday, June 24, 2011, a 2008 Peterbilt truck-tractor pulling two empty trailers on northbound U.S. 95 struck the left side of an Amtrak train that was passing through a grade crossing en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif.

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