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Slow updates this week and next — I’m on vacation. Happy Fourth! Follow my Twitter account (@ttpolitic) to get news in real time.
On The Transport Politic:
- Once assured, Dallas light rail expansion to airport now off track
- Barcelona’s Metro continues its expansion at a relatively cheap price
- Lyon’s Rhônexpress project pioneers a new way of thinking about public-private partnerships
- Charlotte prepares to receive a $25 million grant from the federal government for the first 1.5-mile section of its proposed streetcar. Nothing is assured, though: The city’s competing with a number of other big competitors for grants, including Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Washington.
- A commentator in Kansas City makes the almost laughable comparison between public transit in Stockholm, Sweden and his Missouri city. One has a fast rail link to the airport, a metro system, commuter trains. The other has… none of that.
- Portland may be orienting the route of its future Milwaukie Light Rail project in the interests of wealthy developers. Is that a good idea?
- The New York Times‘ San Francisco bureau exposes some of the conflicts between proponents of big transit-oriented developments and environmentalists.
- New York may be slow at building new subway lines, but that doesn’t mean it’s incapable of improving its system appropriately. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has produced an interesting video on the currently under construction passage linking the Lawrence Street and Jay Street stations in downtown Brooklyn. This block-long tunnel will handle 32,000 commuters everyday, allowing them a quicker route to their Manhattan destinations.
- They’ve been talking about it forever, but L.A. is finally getting its Gold Line light rail extension program under construction. The so-called Foothill expansion will run from Sierra Madre Villa to Azusa. One hopes L.A. Metro avoids the kind of revenue problems that have led to service cutbacks in cities like St. Louis, which is only now restoring operations thanks to a sales tax increase approved earlier this year.
- A month after the plan was announced, the City of London (the Greater London Authority, not the “City”) takes full control of the Underground, buying off a group of public-private partnerships. The Taiwan high-speed rail project, which was financed by private groups and had trouble last year keeping afloat, posted last month its first operating profit after three years.
Image above: Charlotte Streetcar project map, from CATS Application for Urban Circulator Grant