RTD Opens West Light Rail Line
RTD’s long-awaited West light-rail line officially opened on Friday, April 26, 2013. The newly minted West light rail line was hailed Friday as a huge step forward in linking the entire Denver metro area through mass transit.
TAPS Adds Seventh County Crossing State Lines
On April 22, Collin County, Texas Commissioners Court voted unanimously to designate TAPS Public Transit as its provider of transportation services for unurbanized areas of the county.
City Ponders Leasing Airport to Raise Rail Cash
Austin could lease its airport to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for urban rail under a proposal that Mayor Lee Leffingwell and top city officials have been quietly exploring for more than six months.
New Mexico Rail Runner Asks Riders and Non Riders for Feedback
For the first time since implementing annual Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express are expanding their target audience to include non-riders as well as regular riders of the train.
88-year Colorado Resident Can’t Wait for New Rail
Nettie Moore, 88, remembers when the trolley was a lifeline. Only one family had a car in her Utica Street neighborhood, and children would save their pennies to ride to Golden to picnic or climb the steep hillsides.
FTA Releases Circular on Urban Formula
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site, proposed guidance, in the form of a circular, to assist recipients in their implementation of the section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program.
FTA Releases New Tiger 5 Grant Application
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area.
RTD Hits a Big WIN
The Regional Transportation District’s “Workforce Initiative Now”(WIN) program (Denver, CO), the first of its kind in the country, aims to connect contractors working on RTD’s projects, such as the FasTracks regional transit system, with job seekers who may not otherwise be considered for an open position.
Getting America To Work
Transportation leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC to kickoff the Getting America to Work (GATW) coalition. The coalition of transit agencies, councils of government, environmental groups, labor and business organizations is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to funding America’s transit infrastructure and the $78 billion spending backlog needed to bring the country’s transit systems into a state of good repair.