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Old August 16th, 2013, 02:25 AM   #301
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Old September 4th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #303
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O'Malley to announce $1.5 billion for Baltimore-area transportation projects

Public-private partnership possible for Red Line; weekend MARC service to Washington to begin Dec. 7

By Kevin Rector and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun 11:00 a.m. EDT, September 4, 2013


Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce $1.5 billion in new state funding for the Baltimore Red Line and more than a dozen other transportation projects in the area Wednesday, officials said, outlining for the first time how the state's gas tax increase will be tapped to improve local infrastructure and mass transit here.

O'Malley also plans to discuss the state's interest in attracting public-private partnerships to help fund the Red Line project, and a Dec. 7 start date for weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, which has never been offered before.

In a statement, O'Malley described the transportation spending as "making the modern investments a modern economy requires" to educate, innovate and rebuild the state.



The state Department of Transportation said the funding, which O'Malley is scheduled to announce alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other officials at the West Baltimore MARC station Wednesday afternoon, would create about 13,000 jobs and ease congestion as busy arteries are widened or improved and mass transit systems are prioritized.


Rawlings-Blake said the new funding "says that the state is serious about being a partner with Baltimore" to improve connections between transportation options.

"They're putting their money where their mouth is," she said. "They're recognizing that for the state to be strong, Baltimore has to be strong, and it has to be strong as a connected city."

The gas tax, approved earlier this year by the Maryland General Assembly, is expected to dramatically change the environment for transportation construction in the state, reversing a trend of diminished ability — and ambition — when it comes to the state's taking on major projects.


The Democratic legislature approved the higher gas tax and new fees — expected to provide $4.4 billion for transportation projects over six years — over the objections of Republicans who viewed the hikes as too steep for consumers.

Transportation Secretary James Smith said the new transportation funding makes clear the benefits of the gas tax.

"What's happening is people are actually seeing what they're getting for this money. There is a direct correlation between the projects that are being announced and the money that is being raised," he said. "And I do think people have a kinder attitude when they don't think the money is going down a black hole."

Sen. James "Ed" DeGrange, who chairs the Senate transportation budget subcommittee, agreed.

"That's what we all wanted to see when they were proposing the increase in the tax: 'What are we going to get for those dollars?'" the Anne Arundel County Democrat said. "And I guess this is the effect of it. A lot of those projects are coming off the back burner."

In all, 17 projects are to be announced for the city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.


Plans include $20 million for streetscape improvements in downtown Hampstead in Carroll; $43 million to improve intersections along access routes to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford; $29 million to rebuild the interchange between Route 175 and Route 295 at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel; $48 million to widen Route 29 in Howard; and $86 million to widen Interstate 695 between Route 40 and Route 144 in Baltimore County.

Another $246 million is to be spent on replacing the Baltimore Metro's fleet of 100 railcars and 15 miles of signaling systems, and $12 million is to go toward the operating costs of the Charm City Circulator.

More than a third of the new funding — $519 million — is to be spent on construction on the Baltimore Red Line, a $2.6 billion, 14.1-mile light rail project to cut through the heart of downtown Baltimore, connecting Woodlawn in the west with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to the east. In May, officials announced $170 million for the project's right-of-way acquisition and final design.


The state is to begin considering proposals from private industry for certain aspects of the project, including track and signal operations and maintenance of some facilities and assets, such as railcars.
Officials said they do not plan to seek public-private partnerships to pay for the Red Line's major infrastructure, such as tunnels, underground stations and stormwater management systems.


Hundreds of contractors have expressed interest in bidding on the project in recent months. The Federal Transit Administration, which is expected to foot part of the transit project bill under its New Starts program, encourages public-private partnerships.

The state has said it plans to use a public-private partnership to build the Purple Line in the Washington suburbs.





Smith said the level of public-private partnership for the Red Line has not been determined, but it will be a much smaller percentage of the project than the Purple Line because the underground system planned for Baltimore is more complex.


"Tunnel boring isn't something that generally works with a developer," he said.

Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said the interest shown by hundreds of companies at a forum on Red Line public-private partnerships suggests private industry is clamoring for a way to benefit from the project.

"In cities where there have been new transit locations," Fry said, "that's where a significant amount of development occurred."


Companies have already applied to help build the Purple Line in Montgomery County.

"If you look at the industry landscape across the country, it's no secret that our infrastructure is in crisis," said Jessica Murray, a spokeswoman for the Alexandria, Va., construction firm Skanska. "The reality is, if you don't have a private company come in and build it, it's probably not going to get done."

Murray said projects such as the Purple and Red lines give infrastructure companies with access to capital, such as Skanska, profitable deals with a promised revenue stream, and allows governments to build infrastructure it couldn't otherwise afford.

"It's a way for it to work for everybody," she said. "We can come in and design and build the best operating system possible. We can bring in maintenance and facilities people that will make sure everything is operating at top shape."

DeGrange, the transportation budget subcommittee chairman, said public-private partnerships can allow a state to build necessary infrastructure and spread the cost — but should be undertaken cautiously.

"The devil is in the details, always, to see exactly what the total cost is going to be over the entire contract, and what the benefits are going to be," he said. "You have to be careful how you are mortgaging the future."

Nearly $100 million in new funding will allow the Maryland Transit Administration to expand MARC train service to include nine round trips Baltimore and Washington on the Penn Line on Saturday and six on Sunday, to buy two new locomotives and to offer two additional daily weekday round trips on the Camden Line.



Del. James E. Malone Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat and chair of the House transportation subcommittee, said the Dec. 7 start to weekend service would provide opportunities for people to travel between Baltimore and Washington and spend money, especially during the holidays.


"I'm very ecstatic about that," he said. "It will be great for people to be able to use it on the weekend, for people who want to go downtown to do Christmas shopping, downtown to see all the different Christmas lights, all the different functions, all the different shows."

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New transportation projects in the Baltimore region

$519 to initiate construction of the Red Line ($170 million for right way and final design was announced in May).
$246 million to replace Baltimore Metro's fleet of 100 railcars and 15 miles of signaling systems.
$86 million in construction funds to widen the outer loop of Interstate 695 between Route 40 and Route 144 in Baltimore County.
$75 million in construction funds to build a new Kirk Bus Division transportation and storage building in Baltimore City.
$60 million in construction funds to improve traffic flow on Interstate 695 at Leeds Avenue and replace two bridges in the same area in Baltimore County.
$52 million for MARC Commuter Rail improvements to purchase 10 new diesel locomotives and add 2 weekday round trips on the Camden Line.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #304
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Weekend MARC service is long overdue on the Penn Line. Glad to see it finally come to reality.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #305
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Old December 17th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #306
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WASHINGTON | Streetcar

The streetcar is now on the streets.


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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:18 AM   #307
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Those stations look neat.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 07:05 AM   #308
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Are there any tram/lightrail systems in the US with articulated vehicles of more than 3 sections?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #309
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Are there any tram/lightrail systems in the US with articulated vehicles of more than 3 sections?
NJT LRT is experimenting with a 5 section car that is the expansion of the existing 3 section one.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 03:44 AM   #310
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New 7000 Series Metro car

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Old January 7th, 2014, 04:07 AM   #311
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The new trains look really slick. I'm especially excited about the walk-through cars. The walkways between cars doesn't look as wide as subway/metro trains in many other countries, but it is a start! Good job!
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Old January 7th, 2014, 05:18 AM   #312
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On to 2040...

c/o http://planitmetro.com/2013/12/05/pr...orail-network/
and http://planitmetro.com/2013/10/03/rt...ag-meeting-10/

Metro is already experiencing capacity problems on the Orange Line and in the DC core. Running all-eight car trainsets will alleviate the problem somewhat in the near term, but by 2040 it'll be back to stay:

Crowding on Metrorail by 2040, even with the longest possible (eight-car) trains. Base Network AM Peak, Round 8.1 Cooperative Forecast


Crowding on Metrorail in 2040 even with the longest possible (eight-car) trains, Base Network AM Peak, Aspirations Land Use



After evaluating four scenarios for adding more capacity (see the second link above), Metro has come up with a plan:





Components are:
  • A new downtown loop line extending the Blue and Yellow lines and separating the Blue from the Orange/Silver and the Yellow from the Green
  • A new express line from the convergence of the Orange and Silver lines at East Falls Church to Rosslyn, where it would tie in to the new loop. It would be built in such a way that there'd be four tracks east of East Falls Church-- no bottleneck there. Also, it'd have a station at Ballston
  • Not one but two wyes, to provide paths in every direction through the new loop. Supposedly the loop could then handle 26 trains per hour in each direction
  • New underground walkways between various new and existing stations

Cost? $26 billion, or so I've read somewhere.

OK, everybody: One, two, three, discuss!

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Unless they recolor the lines, it looks like the metro will be a confusing mess that would give Lance Wyman tears.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 07:20 AM   #314
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Unless they recolor the lines, it looks like the metro will be a confusing mess that would give Lance Wyman tears.
I was hoping for something more substantive that how the trains were labeled, but...

...they could always call the loop trains Orange Inner and Outer, Blue Inner and Outer, etc. Like the Beltway.

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Nicest metro interior on the continent, congrats!
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On to 2040...

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Components are:[list][*]A new downtown loop line extending the Blue and Yellow lines and separating the Blue from the Orange/Silver and the Yellow from the Green[*]A new express line from the convergence of the Orange and Silver lines at East Falls Church to Rosslyn, where it would tie in to the new loop. It would be built in such a way that there'd be four tracks east of East Falls Church-- no bottleneck there. Also, it'd have a station at Ballston[*]Not one but two wyes, to provide paths in every direction through the new loop. Supposedly the loop could then handle 26 trains per hour in each direction

OK, everybody: One, two, three, discuss!
--Guess I was onto something when I proposed this:

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This was hiding over in the Japan transit compilation. The new 7000 series cars:

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The first of the new 7000 series cars for the DC Metro, being built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries at their U.S. plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, made their debut to the press. Here’s some reports from Japan:

Kyōdō News report.



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Nice, there are not so many pictures and infos about Baltimore system. Do you have more images?

And what about system extention? Still nothing's going on?
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There is a new east-west light rail line that is supposed to be built but so far construction has not started yet.

Here is the link if you are interested.

http://www.baltimoreredline.com/
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