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Round-up: This week in light rail


  • Bus rapid transit along shoulders of I-35 is considered (Kansas City Star)
  • Regional light rail hits another snag (Prime Buzz)
  • Trolley plan puts KC on the move (Kansas City Star)
  • A common sense approach to light rail (Kansas City Star)


  • Gas Prices Send Surge of Riders to Mass Transit (New York Times)
  • UTA contracts for 77 light-rail cars, options 180 more (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Vancouver transportation officials support replacement bridge, light rail (The Columbian)
  • Transit line potential discussed (Baltimore Sun)
  • Planners want Kirn light rail station to have an indelible identity (The Virginian-Pilot)
  • DDA looking for ways to fund trolley study (Augusta Chronicle)
  • Jaywalkers, beware (Arizona Republic)
  • Council delays $2M for streetcar plan (Business First of Columbus)

4 Comments so far

  1. Dan May 17th, 2008 9:00 pm

    People won’t start complaining until the price of gas reaches $8 a gallon.

  2. Shay May 19th, 2008 9:12 am

    @ Dan -
    Sadly, you’re probably mostly right. However I think that the numbers show that transit ridership is already growing, and KC Bike’s Bike Week had record-breaking participation. We’re getting there, I think. People are starting to complain. Maybe they won’t *stop* complaining [about light rail and public transit] until $8/gallon!

    It’s going to take a massive shift in the way we think around here, especially given our excellent road and freeway system, but it’s starting.

  3. Nick Bastian May 28th, 2008 1:49 am

    ASU students didn’t appear to be very inpressed with the thought of a $150.00 “jaywalking” ticket. :-) Hopefully, Metro will do a good job with their safety and public awareness campaigns.

  4. Hannah Zimmerman May 28th, 2008 4:18 pm

    I see that you guys are interested/involved in Public transportation. The Pitch newspaper out of Kansas City recently did a story on light rails and the options for public transportation in a city that has very little. Check it out and tell us what you think at www.pitch.com

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