Light Rail

TriMet awards $80M fleet overhaul contract to Siemens Mobility

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/04/2019) Siemens Mobility has entered into a contract worth $80 million contract to overhaul part of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon’s (TriMet) light-rail fleet.  Siemens will overhaul 79 of TriMet’s Siemens SD660 light-rail vehicles, which are at mid-life. The work will allow the fleet to retain safety, performance and passenger comfort standards,…

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FTA allows Sound Transit to advance Federal Way light-rail extension

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/11/2019) Sound Transit yesterday received approval from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to advance its light-rail extension project to the engineering phase — a step toward securing a critically important federal grant.  With FTA’s approval of Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link Extension project into the engineering phase, FTA locked in the Capital Investment Grant (CIG)…

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UTA wraps up double tracking project on Salt Lake City streetcar line

(Source: Progressive Railroading 04/10/2019) Utah Transit Authority (UTA) officials earlier this week marked the completion of construction on a new section of double tracking on the S-Line streetcar route, which connects the Fairmont Station in Salt Lake City to the Central Pointe TRAX light-rail station in South Salt Lake City. Begun in 2018, the project was…

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Sound Transit’s board OKs 2019 budget

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/26/2018) Sound Transit‘s board last week approved a $2.9 billion 2019 budget that includes $2.4 billion for capital projects and $345.4 million for transit operations. The capital project funds target continued progress toward opening light-rail service to Northgate in 2021, launching Hilltop Tacoma Link in 2022 and starting East Link light-rail service…

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Sound Transit advances two light-rail extensions

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/21/2018) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has executed a $1.17 billion full funding grant agreement (FFGA) for Sound Transit‘s Lynnwood Link light-rail extension, the agency announced yesterday. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau on Dec. 19 executed a $658 million low-interest loan for the project.  Under the FFGA, the FTA commits to provide up to…

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