Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Caves, Transpo Bill With May Extension Heads to Obama (Politico, The Hill)
  • California High-Speed Rail Clears Major Hurdle in Court (LAT)
  • Minneapolis Plays Tricky Game in Projecting Light Rail Ridership (StarTrib)
  • One Possibility for FBI Move: The Greenbelt, Maryland, Metro Site (GGW)
  • Community Reinvestment Act Spreads to a Diverse Range of Projects (Governing)
  • San Antonio Mayor Says Streetcar on “Pause” (MySA)
  • Houston’s Bus Route Re-Do Inspires New Orleans Transit Advocates (Times-Picayune)
  • Public Transit Sees Uptick in Eastern Shore, Maryland (DelMarVa Now)
  • Santa Cruz Contemplates Passenger Rail (KAZU)
  • 94110

    For what it’s worth, passenger rail in Santa Cruz is likely a non starter (despite being legally required). Positive Train Control, level boarding, millions of dollars (in a smallish population area) for improved bridges, and when all that is done where does it leave pedestrians and bicyclists? All those bridges are single tracked with no room for both a train and a trail.

    It would also be difficult for a train to beat a bike in trip time along that corridor.

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Today’s Headlines

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In GOP Senate, South Dakota’s John Thune Poised to Be Critical for Transportation (Roll Call) Maryland Upset Sees Anti-Rail Hogan Take Governor’s Seat (WaPo) Atlanta Transit Expansion Sees Wide Support at the Polls (AJC) Pinellas County, FL, Chooses Status Quo, Not Light Rail (Tampa Bay Times) Austin Shoots Down $1B Bond for Rail (Community Impact) Many Cities […]

Governor Larry Hogan’s Red Line Derailment Will Cost Maryland $100M

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We have an update on one of the year’s biggest stories on the Network. Remember when Maryland Governor Larry Hogan killed the long-planned Baltimore Red Line so he could spend the funds on road projects? Washington says that decision is about cost the state $100 million in federal funds. Progressive Railroading reports that U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx whether […]

Governor Larry Hogan’s Red Line Derailment Will Cost Maryland $100M

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We have an update on one of the year’s biggest stories on the Network. Remember when Maryland Governor Larry Hogan killed the long-planned Baltimore Red Line so he could spend the funds on road projects? Washington says that decision is about to cost the state $100 million in federal funds. Progressive Railroading reports that U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski asked Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx […]

Today’s Headlines

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Will the Senate Cave to the House’s Transpo Bill? (The Hill, Fiscal Times) Streetcars Winning Chase for Federal Transit Funds (Roll Call) Maryland Opens Bidding for Purple Line (WaPo) Transit Agencies Get Creative With Real Estate By Rail Lines (WSJ) NACTO Guide Gives Minneapolis Flexibility (MinnPost) High-Speed Rail Could Link Twin Cities, Rochester (AP) Tucson Streetcar […]

It's Happening: Construction of Maryland's Purple Line Set to Start This Year

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Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that a contractor has been selected to build the 14-mile Purple Line light rail in DC’s Maryland suburbs. It’s a milestone and a major relief following Hogan’s long history of brinkmanship with the project. Kelli Raboy at Greater Greater Washington posted the happy news: After Marylanders elected Governor Larry Hogan […]