Light Rail News Round Up

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Some news about LRT and transit from the USA and Europe.

Houston

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TAMPA – More than a decade ago, Phoenix baseball officials showcased a video of their state of the art ballpark during a lavish Tampa Bay reception, overwhelming the home team’s introduction of Tropicana Field.

Local business and civic leaders that night yearned for a comparable facility, even before the Rays’ first season had begun.

Once again local officials are casting an envious eye toward Phoenix. This time they are studying a 20-mile light rail system that could serve as a model for a proposed system in Tampa.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/sep/19/tampa-looks-to-phoenix-as-model-for-light-rail-sys/news-metro/

WASATCH FRONT — The Utah Transit Authority says work on five new TRAX rail lines is steadily progressing. Riders are expected to be able to hop on light rail on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley by next fall.

All five lines are expected to be done by 2015, which will add 70 miles to UTA’s existing 64-mile rail network.

In the not-too-distant future, commuters on TRAX will have a lot more rail to ride.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12455377

Toronto – letter: candidates have heads in asphalt Candidates’ transit ideas defy reality

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters/article/862432–candidates-transit-ideas-defy-reality

Ottawa’s largest independent business organization is jumping onboard Ottawa’s $2.1 billion Light Rail Transit Plan.

http://www.cfra.com/?cat=1&nid=75698

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