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On The Transport Politic:
- With new government settling into power, U.K.’s HS2 project could be radically reworked
- Charlotte’s Northeast Corridor light rail line underfunded, likely to be shortened
- Paris unveils four-year cycling plan with aim to reinforce Velib’ bike share
- There’s more to life than transit expansion
- Los Angeles is building one of the nation’s large rail rapid transit systems today, but it has had a variety of ideas for solving its congestion problems over the years. In 1954, it put together a proposal for a series of downtown bus tunnels. Suffice it to say, the concept didn’t go very far.
- Nashville pulls together a proposal to spend $5 billion on transit expansion over the next few decades. It plans to invest in a series of dedicated rail and bus lines.
- North Carolina hopes to extend its intercity rail network from the state capital at Raleigh to the Atlantic coast at Wilmington.
- Baton Rouge and New Orleans hope to link up via new rail services, despite complete opposition from Governor Bobby Jindal.
Good ideas might win out after all:
- Caltrain becomes the first operator in the country to receive authorization from the Federal Railroad Administration to run lightweight electric multiple units on a corridor shared with diesel trains, writes Robert Cruickshank at the California High-Speed Rail Blog. It’s a major coup for the Bay Area and commuter rail systems in general, which may save on vehicle purchasing and corridor construction costs.
- The District of Columbia approves funding for streetcars, thanks to an intense social media campaign run by people like David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington. This just a day after the program’s future was up in the air.
- Elana Schor reports at Streetsblog that eight Democratic Senators have announced their support for up to two billion dollars in emergency operations funds for desperate transit operators.
Adapting to change:
- Cincinnati must work to connect intercity rail to downtown destinations and its planned streetcar line, writes Bruce McFarling at Daily Kos.
- Next American City: Are security improvements necessary for transit systems?
- Budget cuts put school children in a difficult position in Los Angeles, where the loss of lightly used bus routes is starting to take its toll.
- Vancouver plans to install turnstiles at all its SkyTrain stations by 2013 to ward off fare evaders.
Image above: Potential Caltrain electric multiple unit vehicle, from Caltrain