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The MTA’s Purple Line is a 16-mile, 21-station light rail line in the northern Washington D.C. suburbs. A circumferential rail transit line linking an existing radial system, the Purple Line will connect key activity centers, four branches of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system, and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

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Calif. rail extension enters environmental study phase

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority are initiating an environmental study for the proposed construction of an approximately six-mile extension of BART from the now under-construction Berryessa BART Station in San Jose to Santa Clara. The project is planned to include four stations: the Alum Rock, Downtown San Jose, Diridon and Santa Clara Stations.

L.A. subway extension dig unearths prehistoric relics

Items that may be 2 million years old are found in an exploratory shaft that was dug by L.A. Metro to assess soil conditions for future tunnels and stations. A paleontologist said that the area holds “the best record of life from the last great ice age in the world.”

Valley Metro light rail extension gets FTA approval

The approval comes following the submittal of the project’s Environmental Assessment, required to understand the extension’s effect on its neighboring environment and to continue to receive federal funds.

How sustainability can save transit agencies money, build community support

Everyone in the transit world knows resources are always stretched. But there are ways agencies can use sustainability to create and maintain financial, social and political capital. Efficiency plays well with the public, and can save big money in the long haul. Oftentimes, the environmental choices faced by transit agencies are governed by local laws, which vary greatly across the country. Let’s focus the sustainability lens on some of the biggest operational costs in public works projects:

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