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Charlotte  lightrail  from twitter_favs
march 2019 by andriak
RT : will provide high capacity, efficient, & friendly access for patients & employees.…
DOLRT  GreenhouseGas  LightRail  from twitter
february 2019 by rossgrady
Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation - The New York Times
"When Seattle’s King County Metro won the award in September, it was praised as “a system that is expanding and innovating to meet rising demand” — not to mention a program that offers lower fares for poor riders that has served as a model for New York and other cities. Transit ridership in Seattle is growing, and car use is down.

One key difference is the West Coast has the ballot measure, while New York State does not allow voters to directly approve measures like transit funding. In 2016, both Los Angeles County and the Seattle region approved measures to boost transportation funding. The Los Angeles proposal, known as Measure M, won nearly 70 percent of the vote, greenlighting $120 billion in spending by raising the sales tax.

“The ballot initiative allows them to proceed without the political angst you’d have in Albany,” said Jon Orcutt, a director at TransitCenter, a research group in New York. “It takes some pressure off politicians. The voters go out and do it, and that creates political cover.”

Los Angeles plans to build 100 new miles of rail — essentially doubling the Metro system, whose first rail line opened in 1990. There are now six lines and 93 stations. Huge machines recently began digging new tunnels for a Purple Line extension to the county’s Westside — part of a plan to attract younger people who are more likely to favor transit and worry about the environmental impact of cars.

“We had a political miracle,” Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, said in an interview. “A permanent 1-cent sales tax.”

Mr. Garcetti, a Democrat, hopes the new rail lines will boost transit ridership. The number of train and bus trips in Los Angeles has dropped in recent years, though he blamed that on low gas prices and national trends in declining transit ridership.

Mr. Garcetti makes a point of using the subway. He took the Red Line recently, from City Hall to MacArthur Park, to visit Langer’s for the city’s “best pastrami sandwich.” He is also deciding how best to regulate the electric scooters that have flooded Los Angeles."
losangeles  nyc  policy  politics  maintenance  repair  seattle  infrastructure  publictransit  transportation  subways  lightrail  cars  2019 
january 2019 by robertogreco
RT : forget ... I want a canal and a series of these up Queen Street...
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september 2018 by stateless
Once again, the Durham-Orange becomes a target in the state budget. Will this year's process put the bra…
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may 2018 by andriak
Light rail stations shift lives of Seattle commuters |
Sunday marks one year since Sound Transit opened light rail stations at the UW and Capitol Hill, plus the $1.8 billion tunnel connecting the two stations. Ridership has spiked 78 percent in February, as compared to February of 2016 before both stations opened.
!UWitM  2017  lightrail  KING 
march 2017 by uwnews
KC Regional Transit Alliances urges 'no' vote Clay Chastain's "fantasy" light-rail plan | KCStar
This fall, Kansas City voters are being asked again to pay for Clay Chastain’s fantasy light-rail plan. The cost to implement this plan will certainly exceed the revenue generated by the plan’s three new sales taxes. Worse still, this plan purposely robs $26 million per year from our underfunded bus system that thousands depend on daily.

Such is the folly of Clay Chastain. . . .

We have a regional transportation plan called Smart Moves that we’ve been investing in route by route, albeit slowly. Chastain continues to ignore the objectives of that adopted regional plan. . . .

Aside from ignoring the region’s top job-access gap, Chastain’s fantasy plan contains flaws that make implementation impossible.

His plan assumes construction costs of $45 million per mile, yet we know the streetcar cost $50 million per mile. Light rail is more costly than streetcar to construct — often approaching $100 million or more, not including river crossings.

To help fund construction, Chastain assumes $1 billion in federal dollars, which would be one of the largest single project awards ever. It is unlikely the city would get such an award for a light-rail line that runs through low-density areas to the north and south, a lesson we learned in 2008.

The local match would come entirely from sales tax revenues. A portion of those would be captured by redirecting a tax that supports our bus system.

MoBikeFed comment: Clay Chastain has proposed a light rail plan for Kansas City every three or four years for the past 30 years. Chastain doesn't even live in the Kansas City area any more, and yet he is *still* proposing ill-conceived plan after plan, year after year.

Most, like this one, have been pure fantasy that run counter to engineering logic, accounting logic, and existing regional transit priorities. Only one of Chastain's plans has managed to receive a majority of votes--and it was so far from the budget and engineering reality that it, too, ultimately failed.

Reality is that the new Kansas City Streetcar is up and running. Streetcar supporters are planning a new transit district and approx. 4-mile expansion that will extend the Streetcar line to the Plaza and UMKC.

More information:
lightrail  kansascity 
october 2016 by mobikefed
Los Angeles Future Rail & BRT | Transit Maps by CalUrbanist
"Transporting the masses has always been a zero-sum game in Los Angeles. L.A. was built by streetcars; then modern L.A. was built around the car. Only recently have Angelenos begun to realize that any metropolis of 16 million*, no matter how lowrise, cannot live on roads alone. The long-term project to rebuild the Red Car network got underway in the ’80s, but 2008 was a turning point. That’s when voters approved Measure R, a 30-year tax to, among other things, build multiple Metro Rail lines. This fall, voters will get an opportunity to double down on Measure R by raising the tax, making it permanent, and building more lines. The map below is based on that proposition, Measure M. It also includes a couple of unrelated projects that are largely funded and likely to happen. Stylistically, the diagram draws on clean and simple Central European examples. (* Depending on how you measure it, there are somewhere between 13 and 19 million people in Greater Los Angeles.)"
losangeles  transportation  future  transit  publictransit  trains  measurer  measurem  maps  mapping  lightrail  metro 
august 2016 by robertogreco
STL Riverfront Times reporter writes about crashing his bike on the new @looptrolley streetcar tracks; @kcstreetcar situation similar| Riverfront Times
I rode in the middle of the lane, splitting the tracks — your average 49cc moped can reach speeds of roughly 40 mph, making it easy to keep up with traffic and therefore safer to take the whole lane while riding rather than stay to the right. I was very near to my destination when a discourteous vehicle decided to pass me on the left, drifting halfway into the turn lane to do so. Its other half was in my lane, dangerously close to my left handlebar.

Instinctively, I moved to the right to avoid getting clipped by the car (that's happened to me before too — it is not fun). In dodging the car, however, I drifted directly into the right-hand track, which promptly took hold of my tire and threw me entirely off-balance and entirely off my bike.

My right hand hit the ground first, promptly breaking my arm. But that wasn't all. Oh no. As my bike toppled over I did as well, rolling onto my back and bouncing my head off the pavement with such force it broke my helmet and left me in a daze for several hours. My teeth bit through my lip and blood poured down my face. The discourteous vehicle kept driving. I spent the night in the hospital.

MoBikeFed comment: As we have mentioned before, cyclists should avoid the streets in both Kansas City and St Louis that have recently installed light rail tracks.

Light rail and trolley systems can be an amazing asset to their communities, providing the kind of transportation choice that cyclists and pedestrians also like to see.

But the recent Kansas City streetcar and St Louis trolley systems have come with the installation of miles of track with a groove that is extraordinarily dangerous for cyclists. The track is installed on streets already popular for cycling, and the design of both the Kansas City and St. Louis systems was done in a way that emphasized--rather than ameliorated--that danger to cyclists.

We must find a way to install trolley and light rail systems in Missouri, and the U.S., that does not destroy bicycle safety and access on the affected streets.

In the meanwhile, cyclists need to be very aware that existing streetcar and trolley tracks in St. Louis and Kansas City are extremely dangerous for cyclists who ride the streets where the tracks are installed.

At this time, we can only warn Missouri bicyclists to stay well away from the new streetcar tracks in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Be aware that these streetcar tracks are FAR more dangerous to cyclists than most other railroad tracks you may have encountered, because:

- There are MILES of the tracks installed on roads in the center of the city, often frequented by bicyclists

- The miles of track are all parallel to bicyclist direction of travel--the most dangerous and difficult configuration

- The tracks are laid in such a way that they are difficult and dangerous to cross, and often trap cyclists into a very narrow portion of the lane, between two tracks or between the track and the gutter

- The tracks have a narrow groove that is just the size and shape of most road bicycle tires and will grab the front and/or REAR wheel of your bicycle if you try to cross parallel to the tracks

We suggest that cyclists take these measures:

- Choose other routes if you can.

- Always cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle; never less than a 75-80 degree angle; never cross tracks that are running parallel to your direction of travel.

- If you don't have room to turn to get the proper angle to cross the tracks, you will have to stop and lift your bicycle over the tracks. Yes, the tracks are that dangerous.

- The slots in these tracks are deep enough to grab either your front OR your rear wheel and cause you to have a serious fall.
streetcar  lightrail  kcstreetcar  looptrolley  cycling  safety  hazards 
june 2016 by mobikefed

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