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Old August 25th, 2014, 01:30 PM   #361
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Old August 25th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #362
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Old August 25th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #363
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I had no idea DC built a BRT system.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #364
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That's Alexandria actually, and it's smart that they built a ROW so that upgrades are possible and not too difficult.
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Old September 18th, 2014, 02:45 AM   #365
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Old September 29th, 2014, 09:14 PM   #366
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Washington Streetcar running in mixed traffic
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USA: Test running started on the DC Streetcar line in Washington on September 29. During the ‘pre-revenue operations’ phase, the trams will run a normal service pattern but carry no passengers. This phase is expected to last at least until November.

The first of three trams for the 4 km H/Benning line arrived from manufacturer Inekon in May 2013. They have been undergoing system integration testing and driver training at a site in Anacostia, and will now run in mixed traffic.

In conjunction with the start of on-street tests, the DC Department of Transportation and Operation Lifesaver hosted a safety awareness day at Browne Education Campus, hosted by Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 11:20 PM   #367
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If there was ever a station, after NY Penn, that needed an upgrade it would have to be Baltimore Penn.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 12:59 AM   #368
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If there was ever a station, after NY Penn, that needed an upgrade it would have to be Baltimore Penn.
It's quite shabby on the inside.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 05:29 AM   #369
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I was surprised at how small Penn Station. It's as big as train station of a smaller town.
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Old September 30th, 2014, 06:52 AM   #370
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well it has more tracks than those stations though so it balances out
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USA: The District of Columbia Department of Transportation has shortlisted three consortia for an estimated $800m contract to construct further tram lines and operate an ‘Integrated Premium Transit’ network of trams and buses in Washington.

The shortlisted bidders are:
  • DC Transit Partners (Clark Construction, Shirley Contracting, Herzog Transit Services);
  • Capital Transit (Balfour Beatty Rail, FCC Construction, CPT Operators, CPT Constructors, Parsons Brinckerhoff);
  • Potomac Transit Partners (URS, MC Dean, Facchina, RDMT)
The office of Mayor Vincent Gray said on October 23 that the planned tram network would now cover only 13 km instead of the 32 km originally planned. The 4 km H/Benning line that is currently being tested is to be extended west to Georgetown and east across the Anacostia River. However, the north-south Buzzard Point – Takoma line, and a line along M Street would not go ahead, although they could be put back on the agenda if funds become available.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #373
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Have they resumed ATO on subway/metro lines?
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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #374
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According to a Metro board document from last month:

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• The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has closed all Metro safety
recommendations issued in the wake of the 2009 Fort Totten collision which
directly related to ATC.
• ATO will provide a smoother ride to our passengers through software controlled
acceleration and programed braking profiles.
• The Red Line ATO reactivation will be implemented in March 2015 after
successful completion of reactivation process certification and
operator/technician familiarization training.
• The ATO reactivation of remaining lines is scheduled to begin in Fall 2017.
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The photos show streetcars stuck in traffic between the buses. Will the buses still be sharing road with the streetcars once the streetcars are fully operational?
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Old November 1st, 2014, 06:06 PM   #376
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The photos show streetcars stuck in traffic between the buses. Will the buses still be sharing road with the streetcars once the streetcars are fully operational?
Its a normal traffic lane , it should be restricted to bus only though.
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What is it with Republicans/conservatives and public transportation? Basically, if you happen to prefer using anything but your car (or a plane), you're somewhat un-American it seems. I don't get it. Yes, some projects are not worth pursuing and many have been facing serious delays and cost overruns. But don't they understand that infrastructure investments are one of the keys to economic growth/development? What is the rationale of opposing a light rail line making commuters lives easier in one of the most economically advanced areas of the country? This we-should-spend-the-money-on-roads-instead argument is driving me nuts. We have been spending too high a percentage of infrastructure money on roads and not enough on public transportation for decades. People who doubt the positive effects of the latter should take a look at the Washington, DC metro area for example where unprecedented economic development has taken place in multiple places where a Metro station was built. Just compare today's U Street, Columbia Heights, NoMa, Navy Yard, Tysons, etc. areas with how they looked like 10-15 years ago. Other countries have been understanding this for decades now. Why is it so difficult here?
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What is it with Republicans/conservatives and public transportation? Basically, if you happen to prefer using anything but your car (or a plane), you're somewhat un-American it seems. I don't get it. Yes, some projects are not worth pursuing and many have been facing serious delays and cost overruns. But don't they understand that infrastructure investments are one of the keys to economic growth/development? What is the rationale of opposing a light rail line making commuters lives easier in one of the most economically advanced areas of the country? This we-should-spend-the-money-on-roads-instead argument is driving me nuts. We have been spending too high a percentage of infrastructure money on roads and not enough on public transportation for decades. People who doubt the positive effects of the latter should take a look at the Washington, DC metro area for example where unprecedented economic development has taken place in multiple places where a Metro station was built. Just compare today's U Street, Columbia Heights, NoMa, Navy Yard, Tysons, etc. areas with how they looked like 10-15 years ago. Other countries have been understanding this for decades now. Why is it so difficult here?

The rationale is funding and the realities of cost overruns.

I'm a Republican and I support investing in our infrastructure. But when you look at projects like the Purple Line or the Red Line in Baltimore, the money could be better spent upgrading the roads, which haven't really been touched in the state for a LONG time. You can't just sit and say that public transport will be the savior because there are some places where it won't work and other places where ROW costs, NIMBYs and environmental issues will kill any chance of it getting built.

So much more goes into the opposition of supporting these projects than just knee-jerk reactions and/or warped views about public transportation.
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