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Old February 26th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #81
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Orlando

1) Orlando's SunRail Phase I is currently u/c - to open in 2014. Phase 2 will follow in 2016.
2) The BRT "Lymmo" expansion is u/c -- this will nearly double the downtown circulator along an East/West route and connect several neighborhoods.

BRT "Lymmo" Expansion Map:
http://www.golynx.com/core/fileparse...-expansion.pdf

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Old February 27th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #82
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Wow. Charlotte and Miami are among the bigger investments in alternative transportation in the USA. Good job, CLT and MIA. Way to represent.
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There are at least two projects in Florida that were omitted from this list. BRT in Jax and streetcar in Fort Lauderdale. I believe both will start construction this year.
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And BRT expansion in downtown Orlando, already u/c.
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New Edgewood/Hilliard stop for Atlanta's new streetcar system:




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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #86
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MARTA’s new five-year fiscal plan sees less pain, balanced budget

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When MARTA General Manager Keith Parker came on board in December, the prospects for the transit system were dire.

The MARTA board had adopted a five-year budget plan that called for no salary increases for employees — continuing a practice that has been in place for five years. It called for a 25-cent fare increase in fiscal year 2014 (which begins in July 2013) to raise MARTA’s base fare to $2.75 — among the highest transit fares in the country. It projected reserves declining from $109.7 million in fiscal year 2013 to $1.5 million at the end of fiscal year 2018. And it still expected to face an unsustainable health-care business model.

On Thursday morning, Parker and MARTA CFO Davis Allen, who soon will have new duties as the project management director exploring privatization opportunities, presented an alternate five-year plan to the MARTA board’s Business Management Committee. It included:

Implementing an employee incentive payment plan

Re-opening restrooms

Having healthcare reform

Not increasing fares in fiscal year 2014

Enhancing security throughout the system

Having merit increases for employees

Restoring service to the system

Balancing the budget without depleting reserves

“We want to be the regional transit provider of choice,” Parker said. “The whole goal is to change the perception of MARTA.”

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Old April 29th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #87
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“We want to be the regional transit provider of choice,” Parker said. “The whole goal is to change the perception of MARTA.”

If they want to do this then the first thing I suggest they do is a literal two-fold rebranding:

- Separate the rail from the buses as entities, and give the rail a completely different name and identity. Rail is the future of regional and inter-city connections, MARTA is the inner-city option for urban Atlanta. Want the rail to expand? Distance it from the sour perceptions of the bus system.

This would also help in political discussions about funding where communities like Suwanee might want a rail stop but fear the prospect of a MARTA managed bus system.

- Remake MARTA. A new name might be on offering, but at the least the colors and branding have grown so stale to suburban consumers that they carry a stigma. Literally, give it a complete makeover.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #88
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“We want to be the regional transit provider of choice,” Parker said. “The whole goal is to change the perception of MARTA.”

If they want to do this then the first thing I suggest they do is a literal two-fold rebranding:

- Separate the rail from the buses as entities, and give the rail a completely different name and identity. Rail is the future of regional and inter-city connections, MARTA is the inner-city option for urban Atlanta. Want the rail to expand? Distance it from the sour perceptions of the bus system.

This would also help in political discussions about funding where communities like Suwanee might want a rail stop but fear the prospect of a MARTA managed bus system.

- Remake MARTA. A new name might be on offering, but at the least the colors and branding have grown so stale to suburban consumers that they carry a stigma. Literally, give it a complete makeover.
Exactly. New livery and refreshed stations done with little expense to drive an updated image. MARTA's dated mid-70s look is a real drag on their public appeal and it's that appeal that drives demand for new service and the means to pay for it.
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Old April 29th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #89
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I think when it comes to the situation with MARTA and reaching those outer areas it's going to take more than just rebranding or separating the brand. I believe that things will move forward when the public gets wise and leave their fears or misconceptions about expanding the services behind. But until that happens, it doesn't matter what you do, things won't go forward.
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I think when it comes to the situation with MARTA and reaching those outer areas it's going to take more than just rebranding or separating the brand. I believe that things will move forward when the public gets wise and leave their fears or misconceptions about expanding the services behind. But until that happens, it doesn't matter what you do, things won't go forward.
But part of raising public awareness is presenting a sharper image. The public won't enthusiastically back an outdated, repellent product.
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Raleigh Union Station enters the design phase.



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You’ve been hearing the talk about this station, but with the federal grant that was awarded to Raleigh last September (read our previous post), this project is clearly moving into the action phase.

The City of Raleigh and NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) are set to construct this new passenger train station in downtown Raleigh at 510 West Martin Street. This is the site of the former Dillon Supply viaduct building that has been vacant since 2005. The 26,000 square foot building will provide 7,950 square feet of passenger waiting area, quadrupling the waiting area of the existing Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street.

This will be much more than a replacement for the existing Amtrak Station.

Raleigh Union Station will accommodate inter-city passenger rail service, commuter rail and local/regional buses. (See the Wake County Transit Plan.) The station will also eventually be linked through pedestrian walkways to the future high speed rail and light rail stations to be located a few blocks north.

The project is expected to transform the Warehouse District by creating new places to live, work and play, as well as providing a great connection between downtown, Glenwood South and neighborhoods located just west of the city.

The DLA was invited to attend a stakeholders meeting a few weeks ago to talk about some of the plans for the design of the station.

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What's the estimated construction cost of Raleigh's proposed train station?
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What's the estimated construction cost of Raleigh's proposed train station?
At this point in time the cost is $60 million:

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Raleigh’s $60 million Union Station gets more funding

Published: September 20, 2012
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RALEIGH — The city will move a step closer to replacing its dinky Amtrak train depot Friday when state and federal officials announce more money to help build the 34,000-square-foot Union Station in a renovated brick warehouse on West Martin Street.

The news of a $21 million federal grant in June gave local officials the confidence to declare that construction will start in fall 2013 on the new passenger train station.

But it isn’t all paid for, not yet.

The cost, pegged by the city at $60 million, includes renovation of the old Dillon Supply Viaduct Building with new tracks and platforms and a parking lot – and the extension of nearby West Street in a new tunnel beneath a CSX railroad track.

The city has pledged $6 million. Triangle Transit says it will contribute the red-brick warehouse building and land, valued at $1.5 million. We’ll learn Friday how much more of the cost is covered in an announcement at the Viaduct site by Joseph Szabo, the federal railroad administrator.

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But designs have not been finalized so depending on what's decided, it could rise.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 04:34 PM   #94
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I think when it comes to the situation with MARTA and reaching those outer areas it's going to take more than just rebranding or separating the brand. I believe that things will move forward when the public gets wise and leave their fears or misconceptions about expanding the services behind. But until that happens, it doesn't matter what you do, things won't go forward.
Part of the issue is the very entrenched perception among suburbia that MARTA=Poor folks. (And yes, I'm sure there are racial undertones as well but the influx of immigrants has muted most of that.)

People in outlying counties have adapted to using express busses into town but this is done via county specific systems or the State's apparently ill-fated GRTA lines. ie: They want transit options but didn't want MARTA. Part of it is the committed cost via additional 1c sales tax but also the idea that MARTA would bring their outdated and myopic model to the fore and that Cobb and Gwinnett would see a large influx of po' folks or an entrenchment of those already there.

So the suburbs want express service into ATL but not busses all over their community, and they don't want MARTA pullig the reins. Seems to me that if the rail service was removed from MARTA and billed as a new State-level program to alleviate regional needs that more folks would be on board (intended). Meanwhile MARTA could then concentrate on transit service within the urban core, which remains within its existing two-county service area.
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Ideally Speaking, Where Should The Next Streetcars Go?



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The Atlanta Beltline Inc.'s top brass met this week, and while they didn't select a new CEO from five finalists, they laid financial groundwork that could determine where future streetcar lines will snake through town. The ABI board approved four measures that should help position future streetcar projects to receive federal funding — which will be absolutely key to bringing additional lines to fruition, according to the Saporta Report. In short, the board authorized about $5 million to study these hypothetical projects; that would cover an "environmental assessment," "design services," and the more nebulous "project management support." Where's the cash coming from? The Beltline, and two Tax Allocation Districts (the Westside and Eastside, respectively). The Beltline and city still need to scrounge about $1 million, as one proposed line near Georgia Tech would stretch beyond the Eastside TAD.

Saporta notes that funding to actually build the streetcar lines has not been identified, but Beltline officials are certain the studies will better position the city to accept federal funding — should the cash-strapped feds start feeling generous. As of now, the potential routes that could complement the downtown Atlanta Streetcar loop are outlined below.

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▪ Extending the Atlanta Streetcar under construction on the east side from Ebenezer Baptist Church to BeltLine's Eastside Trail;

▪ developing a new streetcar route along the Eastside Trail from Irwin Street to Ansley Mall;

▪ developing a streetcar route from Irwin Street south towards Grant Park;

▪ extending the Atlanta Streetcar on the west side from Centennial Olympic Park north towards Georgia Tech; and

▪ developing a new East-West streetcar line along North Avenue from the Eastside Trail to Maddox Park.
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is applying for a TIGER grant to extend the Skyway. They are also beginning a new in depth study to revamp the entire bus system. These are moves by JTA's new CEO Nat Ford. Ford was formerly the CEO of Atlanta's MARTA and San Francisco's MUNI.



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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The Skyway is moving on up, or in this case, moving over. If everything falls into place, the downtown transit rail will extend into Riverside.

"It's really a cost-effective way for us to add a destination to the Skyway where we see a lot of development happening or in the works," Brad Thoburn said.

The Skyway saw record usage during the One Spark Festival.

Leaders believe events like that and projects like 220 Riverside will take the system to the next level. It will cost millions to add the new stop, but some existing rail on Riverside Avenue could help JTA cut down the bill.
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I saw this story on the local news the other night and thought that it was a splendid idea.
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Officials to discuss Charlotte-Atlanta rail line

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —


Transportation officials are set to hold the latest of three public hearings on proposed passenger rail service between Charlotte and Atlanta.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/18XXGQf ) that the hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the N.C. Department of Transportation office off Statesville Avenue in north Charlotte.

State and federal officials are proposing to extend the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor, under development from Washington to Charlotte, into the Atlanta area. The train would connect with the Georgia Multi Modal Passenger Terminal and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

There are six potential corridor route alternatives. Officials say others may also be evaluated if they're identified during agency and public scoping meetings.

A virtual meeting will also be available on the project website through July 4.

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I was at the meeting in Suwanee Tuesday night and saw the webinar before that. Thus far the route scoring the most favorably would be a new-build line running south of I-85, called the greenfield proposal because most of the construction would be through relatively open, agrarian land. In looking at their preliminary assessments that makes the most sense considering you're looking for the straightest shot possible with the least amount of bridges, crossings, etc. Long-term alignment near most of the Interstate might yield the same benefit but they know they need to really pull that line tight if they're to make this work.

The mid-term aspiration by the State DOTs is to have the preliminary engineering and EIS worked through before the feds are approached for serious money. If they get that lag-work done then they have the appearance of being shovel-ready!
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Six Routes To Charlotte Pitched. Which Is Best?



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As with any substantial passenger rail project in Atlanta (the Streetcar notwithstanding), we must speak here in hypothetical terms. But this news is a positive sign. A study, funded by the Federal Railroad Administration and GDOT, is under way to decide which is the best route for connecting Atlanta and Charlotte via high-speed rail, 11Alive reports. Twenty flights per day shuttle between the competing cities, which officials see as proof that people need to go back and forth. The initial question is an important one: Where exactly should the hypothetical fast train run?

The even-better news for Charlotte haters: The proposed line would connect to the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, which is under construction to connect Washington D.C. to Charlotte
Note of caution: this concept is as yet unfunded so even the best agreed idea may not come to fruition.
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