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Passenger rail is on the minds of voters and politicians more than ever. Some say the next train era is on its way.:


After half a century as more of a curiosity than a convenience, passenger trains are getting back on track in some parts of the country. The high cost of energy, coupled with congestion on highways ...


Light-rail can turn into money train:




Wyoming - Good investment in high-speed rail study:


With the high cost of both fuel and highway construction these days, exploring high-speed train service in Wyoming is beginning to make a lot of sense. Fortunately, the state isn't just waiting to ...


Leaping into Light Rail:


Cities in the South and West are writing a new chapter in the history of transit — and in the stories of themselves. Hey! What do you know? It's cold!" Rick Simonetta isn't talking about the ...


Light Rail-More than Just a Train - Honolulu Eyes Light Rail As Savior of Local Economy:


"The light-rail vote was a seminal moment," says Mark Peres, the president and editor of Charlotte Viewpoint, a magazine about culture and civic life. "We were being held hostage by a minority viewpoint. ...


Walking the line: Making the most of rail's potential. City plans to capitalize on development opportunities:


A big sky with vistas west to the Hogback and the great mountains beyond greeted us as we started Day 5 of our walk from Denver to Golden along the coming West Corridor light-rail line. By Kevin ...


SLUT -- Streetcar's unfortunate acronym seems here to stay:


There's a story going around South Lake Union, but a spokeswoman for Vulcan, Paul Allen's development company, says it's just an urban legend. That aside, the story that the neighborhood's streetcar ...


Gas prices, climate change revive interest in fast rail:


Seven hours after boarding a train in Kansas City, Douglas Lewandowski finally arrived at Chicago's Union Station — rested after the 500-mile trip but anxious to get home to Elkhart, Ind. "How long ...


Here are the real statistics, and they support light rail:


As a counterpoint to last week's article by Emory Bundy, here are some figures that suggest light rail is a better deal than claimed, environmentally and economically, and other modes of mass transit ...


What To Consider When Planning Commuter Rail:


Cities contemplating commuter rail systems should first look at the characteristics of other successful systems. Christof Spieler on highways, transit, roads, bike paths, etc., etc., and how they ...


Commuter Rail Gains Ground In New Hampshire:




Presidential Candidate Stumps For Light Rail. Would also create Cabinet Post for Water:


New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson promised to redirect funding from roads to mass transit if he's elected President. By Michael R. Blood Full Story: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20070611-1849-ca-richardson-rail.html *** Richardson ...


Dozens urge electric, not diesel, FasTracks commuter rail lines:


RTD can save money in the long run by making all four FasTracks' commuter rail lines electric powered, but in the short term it doesn't have enough money to build an electrified system. By Kevin ...


Seattle Asking Voters To Approve $23 Billion For Light Rail:




Rail Line Drives Utah Development :


The expanding light rail system in metropolitan Salt Lake City, Utah, is giving many developers opportunities to build transit-oriented housing and retail projects, especially in the suburbs. Full ...


Sustainable Transportation And Light Rail In Missoula, 03/15, Missoula:


2007-03-15 17:30:00 MCAT, 500 North Higgins Contact: Susan Anderson, sbcmissoulaarea@yahoo.com Join us for the fourth lecture of the Sustainable Business Council's fifth annual Sustainability ...


Will Commuter Rail Happen In Southeast Michigan?:




Light Rail May Bring A 'There' There:


With the expansion of light rail projects in Portland, Oregon, an inconspicuous town center may finally find an identity and truly become a center of activity. By Anna Johns The Portland Tribune Full ...


Governor pursues plan for commuter-rail lines:


Arizona is moving to play a major role in bringing commuter rail to the Valley and between Phoenix and Tucson. The Arizona Department of Transportation is days away from asking bidders to plan a passenger ...
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Salt Lake City embraces light rail, expansion:


When light rail opened here seven years ago, people lined up around the block. From the first day, the trains carried more people than were forecast for 2025. Sean Holstege The Arizona Republic Full ...


Small Bay Area Commuter Train Hopes To Revolutionize Passenger Rail:


Caltrain, the nation's oldest commuter rail system west of the Mississippi, unveiled a plan to electrify the line that operates 96 daily trains from San Francisco to San Jose using technology that requires ...


Casper, Wyoming City Council looks at high speed rail:


A high-speed railway line connecting Casper with the rest of the Rocky Mountain region could speed closer to reality if the Casper City Council decides to fund a feasibility study at its work session ...


Light Rail An Expected Economic Boon In Oregon:


Planners say the MAX line on its way to Clackamas County in 2007 will lay down track for more than just a light-rail train. It also will carry an economic engine for jobs and business stretching into ...


Northern California A Bright Spot For Train Travel:


Capitol Corridor riding high 15 years of clean comfortable trips leave most passengers satisfied as commuter line marks anniversary Fifteen years ago, Amtrak and Caltrans began a new passenger ...


Transit-centered growth will help reduce greenhouse gases:


Not only could high-density housing development encourage more walking, biking and transit use, it could help the state reach its ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 25 percent, to 1990 levels ...


91 percent of respondents say Indianapolis needs rapid transit:


Lacy Leadership Association released the results of its online survey last week, which found that 91 percent of respondents say Indianapolis needs rapid transit. The survey was sent to nearly 1,000 Central ...


Plan eyes Wyomong for high-speed rail:


Passenger rail service in Wyoming is edging toward a “back to the future” scenario as interest grows in a high-speed railroad corridor down Interstate 25. By BRODIE FARQUHAR Star-Tribune correspondent Full ...


The Changing Shape of the City "Rail-Volution":


As part of the plenary session at Rail-Volution, a conference dedicated to building livable communities, Robert Puentes discusses the latest demographic trends that are affecting the health and vitality ...


200 MPH Bullet Train in California a Hot Topic:


Even people who hate high-speed rail believe it would transform California, much like steam-powered railroads did in the 1860s and freeways did a century later. By Erik N. Nelson - Staff Writer Full ...


Group pushing train service into Colo ski country from Wyoming to N.M:


A newly created Rocky Mountain Rail Authority has an aggressive plan to seek statewide voter approval for rail service along Interstate 25 from Wyoming to New Mexico, and along Interstate 70 with branch ...

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