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Old Posted Apr 12, 2012, 7:06 PM
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List of US+Canada rail transit currently under construction

What this thread lists:
This thread attempts to track urban transit rail lines that are under construction only in the US and Canada. If your line is planned but not under construction yet, sorry but you don't belong. US lines are in black, Canadian are in blue. Intercity rail lines that are under construction are also included at the bottom, but with much less detail.

How is the info compiled?
For the most part, this is a crowdsourced list. The thread relies on users (that's you) posting replies to tell us when a new line begins construction, or finishes and opens to riders. I update the list at the top of the thread whenever something changes. That said, there are a couple of resources that people can use to help track things, most notably The Transport Politic's Transit Explorer and UrbanRail.Net's Now Open list.




The list -- Under construction now:
  • Heavy Metrorail: 85 miles total
    • Honolulu - 20 miles
    • Los Angeles Purple line extension phases 1 and 2 - 6 miles
    • Montreal REM - 42 miles (67 km)
    • Toronto Scarborough subway extension - 5 miles (8 km)
    • Vancouver Broadway subway - 4 miles (6 km)
    • Washington Silver line phase 2 - 12 miles
  • Light Rail: 180 miles total
    • Boston Green line extension - 4 miles
    • Edmonton Valley line ph 1 - 8 miles (13 km)
    • Los Angeles Crenshaw & Regional connector extensions - 9 miles
    • Los Angeles Foothill Gold line ext - 12 miles
    • Minneapolis SW line - 15 miles
    • Ottawa Stage 2 - 27 miles (44 km)
    • Phoenix NW extension - 2 miles
    • Phoenix South Central line - 6 miles
    • San Diego Mid-Coast extension - 11 miles
    • San Francisco Central subway - 2 miles
    • Seattle Northgate, East, Federal Way, Redmond, and Lynnwood extensions - 38 miles
    • Toronto Eglinton Crosstown line - 12 miles (19 km)
    • Toronto Finch West - 7 miles (11 km)
    • Toronto Hurontario - 11 miles (18 km)
    • Washington Purple Line - 16 miles
  • Commuter Rail: 51 miles total
    • Chicago South Shore Line West lake extension - 8 miles
    • LA / San Bernardino Arrow Line - 9 miles
    • Miami downtown Tri-Rail extension - 9 miles
    • New York LIRR east access - 4 miles
    • New York / New Jersey Lackawanna cutoff - 7 miles
    • Philadelphia Wawa extension 3.5 miles
    • San Francisco SMART Windsor extension - 3 miles
    • Toronto GO RER Bloomington extension - 2.5 miles (4 km)
    • Toronto GO Hamilton extension - 5 miles (9 km)
  • Streetcar: ~14.5 miles total
    • Charlotte Gold Line - 2.5 miles
    • LA / Orange County CA - 4.1 miles
    • Milwaukee Couture branch - 0.2 miles
    • Philadelphia Rt 15 extension - 2.5 miles
    • Phoenix / Tempe streetcar - ~3 miles
    • Seattle Tacoma Link extension - 2.4 miles
    Intercity:
    • California high speed rail
    • Brightline Orlando extension
    • Amtrak track improvements/additions on existing lines (many nationwide)




Now opened, and therefore removed from the list:
Listed alphabetically within each year.
  • 2012:
    • Calgary LRT Northeast line extension 2.9km (1.8mi)
    • Dallas Blue line Rowlett extension - 5 miles
    • LA Expo line - 7 miles
    • Miami Airport Link metrorail - 2 miles
    • Portland streetcar Eastside - 3.3 miles
    • Providence MBTA Wickford extension - 20 miles
    • Sacramento Green Line phase 1 - 1 mile
    • Salt Lake City Front Runner south commuter rail - 44 miles
    • Seattle Lakewood line - 8 miles
  • 2013:
    • Denver West line LRT - 12 miles
    • Houston North light rail - 5 miles
    • Orlando Sunrail phase 2 - 18 miles
    • Salt Lake City Airport & Draper light rail lines - 8 miles
    • Salt Lake City Sugarhouse streetcar - 2.7 miles
  • 2014:
    • Atlanta streetcar - 1.4 miles
    • Calgary LRT Northwest line extension 2.4km (1.24mi)
    • Dallas LRT Orange line DFW extension - 10 miles
    • LA San Bernardino commuter rail extension
    • Minneapolis Central corridor LRT - 11 miles
    • Montréal RTM Commuter Train Mascouche line 52km (32mi)
    • Oakland Airport/BART connector - 3.2 miles
    • Orlando Sunrail phase 1 - 31 miles
    • Tucson streetcar - 3.9 miles
    • Washington Silver line Metro phase 1 - 12 miles
  • 2015:
    • Charlotte streetcar phase 1 - 1.5 miles
    • Dallas Oak Cliff streetcar - 1.6 miles
    • Edmonton LRT Metro line extension 3.3km (2.1mi)
    • Houston Green & Purple light rail lines (minus Magnolia extension) - 8 miles
    • Houston Green line extension - 1 mile
    • Phoenix Mesa extensions - 3 miles
    • Portland Orange line - 7 miles
    • Sacramento Cosumnes light rail - 4 miles
    • Washington VRE Spotsylvania extension - 6 miles
  • 2016:
    • Boston Wachusett commuter rail extension - 5 miles
    • Cincinnati streetcar - 2 miles
    • Dallas Blue line UNT extension - 3 miles
    • Dallas Bishop Arts streetcar extension - 1 mile
    • Denver East (airport) line commuter rail - 24 miles
    • Denver NW phase 1 commuter rail - 6 miles
    • Kansas City streetcar - 2 miles
    • LA Gold line - 12 miles
    • LA Perris commuter rail extension - 24 miles
    • New Orleans Rampart streetcar - 1.6 miles
    • Phoenix Northwest extensions - 3 miles
    • Seattle 1st Hill streetcar - 2.5 miles
    • Seattle U Link - 3 miles
    • Seattle Angle Lake / South 200th LRT - 2 miles
    • Vancouver SkyTrain Evergreen Extension 10.9km (6.9mi)
    • Washington H Street streetcar - 2.2 miles
  • 2017:
    • Detroit QLINE streetcar - 3.3 miles
    • Denver I-225 line LRT - 11 miles
    • New Orleans Loyola / Union Terminal streetcar - 1.3 miles
    • New York 7 train extension to Hudson Yards - 1 miles
    • New York 2nd Ave subway ph 1 - 2 miles
    • San Francisco BART Warm Springs extension - 5 miles
    • San Francisco SMART commuter rail - 43 miles
    • Toronto Yonge-Spadina subway extension - 5 miles (9 km)
  • 2018:
    • Charlotte Blue LRT extension - 9 miles
    • Connecticut New Haven to Springfield line - 62 miles
    • El Paso streetcar - ~2 miles
    • Florida Brightline - West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale segment
    • Florida Brightline - Fort Lauderdale to Miami extension
    • Milwaukee streetcar starter line - 2.25 miles
    • Oklahoma City streetcar - 2.3 miles
    • Saint Louis Delmar trolley - 2.2 miles
    • San Francisco eBART commuter rail - 10 miles
  • 2019:
    • Dallas Fort Worth TEXrail DMU - 27 miles
    • Denver Gold line EMU - 11 miles
    • Denver SE line LRT - 2 miles
    • Kitchener-Waterloo ION line - 12 miles (19 km)
    • Ottawa Confederation line - 8 miles (13 km)
    • Phoenix Gilbert Rd LRT extension - 2 miles
    • San Francisco SMART Larkspur extension - 2 miles
  • 2020:
    • San Francisco Berryessa BART extension - 11 miles
    • Denver North commuter line - 13 miles
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2012, 7:14 PM
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Isn't Honolulu considered somewhere in between Heavy and Light Rail. I was under the impression is very comparable to the Vancouver SkyTrain.
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Isn't Honolulu considered somewhere in between Heavy and Light Rail. I was under the impression is very comparable to the Vancouver SkyTrain.
Yes, it's in between. I suppose I could move it if people really want me to.

But getting into the weeds of details like that would be a major headache, and would really go beyond the scope of this list. The projects have to be categorized somehow, and there are plenty of discrepancies. Seattle's light rail is also sort of in between because it operates more like heavy rail. There are also major differences in the quality of the commuter rail projects. Some of them (such as Denver) are going to run basically like light rail, whereas others will only be a few trains per day.
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Yes, it's in between. I suppose I could move it if people really want me to.

But getting into the weeds of details like that would be a major headache, and would really go beyond the scope of this list. The projects have to be categorized somehow, and there are plenty of discrepancies. Seattle's light rail is also sort of in between because it operates more like heavy rail. There are also major differences in the quality of the commuter rail projects. Some of them (such as Denver) are going to run basically like light rail, whereas others will only be a few trains per day.
Thats why the term "heavy rail" and "light rail" is actually becoming antiquated, because there are soooo many different forms in between.

So a better way to list these projects (not including the commuter rail or streetcar) would be "fully grade separated" or "non fully grade separated"

Simply because that is the strict definition of a true metro, if it is fully grade separated or not. From there a grade separated rail can be split into light metro, heavy metro, automated, etc...

So, Honolulu would be fully grade separated while Seattle's would not, due to its at grade crossings and running along the road in areas.

Also, just as an fyi, places like Vancouver even further blur the "LRT" "HRT" border with the Canada line, which actually uses full HRT subway cars, but only runs 2 car train sets as of now (but automated).

PS - Metro-Vancouver is building 11 km of new grade separated skytrain (RRT = rapid rail transit) this year, pre construction, such as clearing and prepping utilities has already started.
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Re: Orlando SunRail

It is a phased opening, but the total mileage is actually 61 miles.

Phase I (operational 2014): 31 miles
Phase II (operational 2016): 30 miles

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The partially privately funded Delmar Loop streetcar is scheduled to break ground this fall. It's going to use renovated St. Louis Car Company vehicles instead of the Skodas.


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UNIVERSITY CITY • The Loop Trolley project, having amassed almost all the $43 million it needs, is ready to move into high gear.

Construction is expected to begin late this year, with the trolleys in operation about a year later.

When completed, the 2.2-mile system connecting the Delmar Loop to Forest Park will look a lot like the system that ran on St. Louis streets a half-century ago.

In a big change of plans, old, renovated streetcars will be used instead of pricier electric/battery cars. And the system will be powered by overhead electric lines running above Delmar Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue, like St. Louis' old streetcar system.



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Atlanta's current streetcar project is actually 2.7 miles rather than 1.4 miles. I didn't see where anyone corrected that. http://www.atlantadowntown.com/_file...cember2011.pdf
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Minneapolis/Saint Paul's Central Corridor is not and never was the "central line". It will open as the Green Line.
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What 'threshold' would posters here consider as meeting the definition as "Under construction"?

There are several early actions that can referenced....
"Utility Relocations" typically not undertaken by eventual contractor
"Staff Recommendation for selected Contractor"
"Board Approval for Contractor"
"Notice to Proceed" for Contractor (rarely announced publicly)

Is this worthy of a poll?
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Orlando SunRail Phase I is now operational as of Thursday.

Orlando SunRail Phase II - 30 miles (5 stations) - pre-construction (construction expected to begin in late Q4 2014)
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Dallas Blue line to UNT opened today.
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Orlando SunRail phase 2 is now completed and became operational today!
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Yes, it's in between. I suppose I could move it if people really want me to.
I think I'll have to insist. If you must choose, it's closer to heavy rail than light rail. If only by virtue of complete grade separation and third rail power.
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Isn't Honolulu considered somewhere in between Heavy and Light Rail. I was under the impression is very comparable to the Vancouver SkyTrain.
This type of categorization is frequently difficult to pin down, and varies with the location. From looking at some Google images of the Skytrain, I'd say L.A.'s LRT routes are similar; in fact I wouldn't be surprised if they use some of the same rolling stock.
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This type of categorization is frequently difficult to pin down, and varies with the location. From looking at some Google images of the Skytrain, I'd say L.A.'s LRT routes are similar; in fact I wouldn't be surprised if they use some of the same rolling stock.
In that case it would be rapid transit no?
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In that case it would be rapid transit no?
Predominantly it is true, but there are some sections of street running. In these areas, the trains hane their own lanes but still have to observe traffic signals.
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Well, if you count reconstruction (of core infrastructure), rehabilitation & modernization (of vehicles and facilities)...
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3 years later, this is still the case.
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