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Paniolo Man Mar 10, 2023 1:29 AM


Originally Posted by BigDipper 80 (Post 9887840)
Kind of surprised that there isn't a Honolulu rail thread, seeing as it's supposed to finally open this summer. Probably the most hotly-contested rail project in the country, even when compared to the California HSR project and the NE Corridor upgrades.

Every time someone speculates about an opening date it gets pushed back a month. I have wanted to ride the d*** rail since I was in 6th grade, I graduate college next month.

202_Cyclist Mar 10, 2023 1:41 PM

The President provided his FY24 budget request yesterday, which includes nearly $4.5B for various transit projects. Of course, this is just a request and Congress needs to enact a budget.

FTA: $4.45B for Major Transit Projects

By Carolina Worrell
Railway Age
March 9, 2023

"The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on March 9 announced that 18 large transit projects in 11 states across the U.S. were recommended to receive $4.45 billion for construction by U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

According to the FTA, these large rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects were recommended to receive federal support in President Biden’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget Request to Congress. Nine of those projects would receive funding recommendations for the first time while others on the list are already under construction or far along in the planning process.

In addition to recommendations for FY 2024 funding, FTA has allocated $1.1 billion in FY 2022 and 2023 funding to 31 transit projects nationwide. This funding, the agency says, will “help improve transit access to the millions of Americans who depend on it every day, help reduce emissions, and create good-paying construction jobs across the country..."

Ragnar Jun 16, 2023 1:06 PM

L.A’s regional connector opens today. Definitely going to check it out this weekend!

Cirrus Jun 17, 2023 3:12 AM

Congrats to LA on opening its regional connector today! That is moved to complete.

DirectionNorth Jul 7, 2023 12:46 AM

Honolulu's HART (Skyline, now) opened its first phase on June 30th.

Railway Age: 'Skyline' Opens in Honolulu

Innsertnamehere Jul 7, 2023 3:19 PM

The 16km (10 mile) first phase of Montreal's Réseau Express Métropolitain ("REM") will open from Gare Centrale to Brossard on July 31:

REM is a modern, fully automated light-metro with platform screen doors which will ultimately reach 67km in length and roughly double the size of Montreal's metro network.

The first phase, which crossing the new Champlain Bridge, will traverse the 16km route in about 18 minutes - representing an average speed of over 50km/h.

Video Link

Cirrus Jul 11, 2023 6:26 PM

Congrats Honolulu! 11 miles of its light metro have been moved to complete. 9 miles remain on the construction list.

Will update Montreal after it opens.

202_Cyclist Jul 11, 2023 6:46 PM

If anyone could post photos and/or updates of the Santa Ana - Garden Grove streetcar, it would be greatly appreciated.

homebucket Jul 28, 2023 9:20 PM

Video Link

Nite Jul 29, 2023 2:01 AM

Some more REM videos

Video Link

Cirrus Jul 29, 2023 11:22 PM

Congrats Montreal!

The front-page list has been updated to reflect the 10-mile (17 km) Brossard branch of the REM being complete, with 32 miles (50 km) still under construction on the other 3 branches.

Cirrus Jul 29, 2023 11:32 PM


Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 9989538)
If anyone could post photos and/or updates of the Santa Ana - Garden Grove streetcar, it would be greatly appreciated.

Website says completion anticipated in 2024. Christof Spieler posted this drone photo on Twitter today:

Busy Bee Jul 30, 2023 12:41 AM

^Is that track deviating closer to the station/stop curb? I know it's relatively minor and 99.9% percent of people wouldn't care or even notice but I really don't like it when these new streetcar lines do that. It messes up the whole grace of the fixed guideway by making the streetcar move like a bus. I know why they think they need to do it - to bring the loading point closer to the doors without infringing on auto lane space - but I can't be the only one that cringes when I see it. They did that in Cincinnati and along with the unbelievably over-engineering catenary for a simple tram I remember saying "you've got to be kidding..." Stop trying to reinvent the wheel.

Cirrus Jul 30, 2023 7:00 PM

Doesn't look like it to me. The track looks straight, but the curb bends to extend over to the tracks at stops.

Busy Bee Jul 30, 2023 8:28 PM

^ I was going off the double yellow center line.

202_Cyclist Aug 1, 2023 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by Cirrus (Post 10002915)
Website says completion anticipated in 2024. Christof Spieler posted this drone photo on Twitter today:

Thank you! That is looking good!

mhays Sep 16, 2023 4:30 PM

Tacoma's Hilltop Link expansion opens today. It's 2.4 miles of "light rail" that's really a streetcar. The route is basically a giant switchback due to the big hill. This extends a current short line that runs from Tacoma Dome Station (a commuter rail, express bus, and Amtrak station) through Downtown proper.

The regional light rail system (bigger trains) will connect to Tacoma Dome Station in 2030 or so, extending from the Federal Way station that will open in 2025. The big link trains won't extend into the heart of Tacoma under current plans.

Project page for Hilltop Link:

Tacoma News Tribune going off on the reduction to 12-minute frequencies, which is related to operational difficulties with the old 10-minute scenario:

Drone flyover from May:

Busy Bee Sep 16, 2023 5:52 PM

I'm glad it got built but that drone video exemplifies one of my biggest pet peeves with American streetcar projects and that is the trackway tends to accommodate the auto instead of the auto accommodating the trackway. I can't stand the zig-zaginess. You've got tracks following the car turn lane at one point. It just does not seem like the proper way to build fixed transit infrastructure. Seeing the telephoto view down the new Honolulu viaduct structures gives me the same pain in my stomach - they should be arrow straight not a lazy river.

TWAK Sep 16, 2023 7:31 PM


Originally Posted by Cirrus (Post 10002915)
Website says completion anticipated in 2024. Christof Spieler posted this drone photo on Twitter today:

Interesting, I had no idea about this project.

UrbanImpact Sep 22, 2023 4:32 PM

Brightline's higher speed service to Orlando opened today.

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