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Current Capital Projects in Transit

If you are interested in reading about major transit projects currently under construction or recently opened, you have come to the right place. Currently featured here are articles about America's high speed rail program, how rail transit affects property values, and new transit projects underway in Los Angeles and Toronto.

How Much Do Rail Transit Projects Cost to Build and Operate?
This article examines the capital costs of recent rail transit projects in the United States and Canada and describes some factors that help to explain the differences in costs.

High Speed Rail Update January 2014
An update of what has been happening in the world of high speed rail.

California High Speed Rail Revised Business Plan of April 2, 2012
This article reviews some of the changes in the California High Speed Rail Revised Business Plan of April 2, 2012 and concludes that the changes make sense and improve the high speed rail project.

Discrediting Three Major Arguments Against High Speed Rail
This article discredits three major arguments against high speed rail - that we don't need it now (we're going to need it in the future); that it's too expensive (the cost is reasonable); and that the first segment is going from nowhere to nowhere (it's the first incomplete step - you have to start somewhere).

Profile of the California High Speed Rail Project
This article profiles the California High Speed Rail Project, including the route, cost, annual ridership, and outlook.

California High Speed Rail Business Plan Part I - Cost
The California High Speed Rail project recently came out with a revised business plan. This article is the first of several that will review elements of the plan, in this case, the cost.

High Speed Rail Update July 2013
An update of the happenings in the area of high speed rail in the first half of 2013.

California High Speed Rail Business Plan Part II - Ridership
The California High Speed Rail project recently came out with a revised business plan. This article is the second of several that will review elements of the plan, in this case, the ridership.

Review of the 2013 Draft California State Rail Plan
This article is a review of the 2013 draft California State Rail Plan that focuses on new and expanded passenger rail services.

High Speed Rail Update January 2013
This is an American high speed rail update as of January 2013.

High Speed Rail Update, July 2012
An update of the current progress on each of the ten federally designated high speed rail corridors in the United States as of July 2012.

Value Engineering
This article describes value engineering - a concept used in rapid transit project management to control costs that sometimes leaves the resulting project unusable to unable to accommodate larger than expected demand.

High Speed Rail Update, October 2011
An update of the current progress on each of the ten federally designated high speed rail corridors in the United States, including links to specific pages on each of the ten.

Review of the California High Speed Rail Business Plan - Phasing
The California High Speed Rail project recently came out with a revised business plan. This article is the third of three that will review elements of the plan, in this case, the phasing of the plan and connections to other lines.

High Speed Rail in the United States: Corridor Overview
An overview of the current progress on each of the ten federally designated high speed rail corridors in the United States, including links to specific pages on each of the ten.

Los Angeles Rapid Transit Update April 2012
This article describes recent advances in rapid transit projects in Los Angeles. Discussed are the opening of the Expo Line, the imminent opening of the Orange Extension to Chatsworth, the Crenshaw Line, the Westside Subway (or Purple Line) Extension, and the Regional Connector.

Profile of the Texas High Speed Rail "T-Bone" Project
Profile of the Texas High Speed Rail "T-Bone" Project

Los Angeles's Westside Subway Extension
A profile of Los Angeles's Westside Subway Extension, currently in the planning phase.

Review of the Metro Orange Line and Chatsworth Extension
Review of the Metro Orange Line and Chatsworth Extension

Freeways and Rapid Transit
This article examines the association between freeways and rapid transit.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) - Does It Increase Transit Ridership?
This entry examines whether transit-oriented development increases ridership, and be referencing several case studies demonstrates that it does. It calls for more analysis to determine if the size of the city's rapid transit network predicts the success of transit oriented development.

Rail Transit and Property Values
A summary of the effect that rail transit has on property values.

Do New Streetcar Lines Promote Development?
This article examines whether new streetcar lines promote development, and while results from Portland, OR and Seattle seem to suggest they do, it is unclear whether this development was caused by the rail line or would have occurred anyway.

Toronto Transit Commission - Proposed Rapid Transit Projects
A list of rapid transit projects currently being constructed or under consideration at the Toronto Transit Commission.

New York MTA Capital Projects
This article goes over the three major capital projects currently being constructed by the New York MTA - the Long Island Railroad access to Grand Central Station, the extension of subway Line 7 to the far west side of Manhattan, and the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway from 63rd to 96th Street.

Federal Transit Administration New Starts Program
This is the homepage of the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts Program. Here you can find listings of all projects currently funded by the New Starts Program as well as guidelines for applications for New Starts funding.

High Speed Rail in the United States
A Congressional Research Service publication summarizing the prospects for high speed rail in the United States, including history of passenger rail in the United States, high speed rail other countries, benefits and drawbacks of high speed rail, funding issues for high speed rail, and a map showing the ten federally designated high speed rail corridors as of 2009.

Review of the New El Monte Bus Station
This is a review of the new El Monte Bus Station, which opened to the public on October 14, 2012 at a cost of $60 million.

Art In Transit
An examination of why public art installations are frequently included with transit projects.

Art In Transit Part II and a Review of Alternate Lanes
This article continues my exploration of Arts In Transit and also reviews Alternate Lanes.

Review of City of Los Angeles Planning Department Public Meeting
This article reviews the meeting I attended detailing the City of Los Angeles Planning Department's zoning and other changes around Expo Line Phase II stations.

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