Archive for May, 2013

NJ Transit Brings Light Rail Extension Into Bergen County One Step Closer

Supporters of light rail in Bergen County, NJ received a piece of news they have been waiting for a long time. Currently NJ Transit light rail runs only in Hudson County, but recently the transit agency approved an environmental study to extend the line 10 miles north of its Tonelle Avenue stop to Englewood Hospital.

The Bergen portion of Hudson-Bergen will finally be implemented and be a barrier-free service to schools, hospitals, universities and commercial centers. - Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Rose Heck

Proposed stations include 91st Street in North Bergen, Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, Englewood Route 4, Englewood Town Center and Englewood Hospital.

The project was altered by a few miles due to opposition from officials and residents in Tenafly, where stops had been proposed for Tenafly Town Center and Tenafly North. NJ Transit’s Board of Directors approved $3 million for Jacobs Engineering of Morristown to finish the final environmental impact statement.

RWA is excited to see light rail expansion all across the United States. We know the benefit that a light rail extension will bring to the Bergen County residents, not only with more options of transit but the economic development that follows light rail development.

To learn more about how to bring light rail to your city, contact RWA today and find out how The Tide light rail system was born in Hampton Roads. 

Hudson-Bergen light railimage credit: wallyg on flickr

Future Light Rail Transit Line Will Improve Duke-Durham Connections

A new light rail line was proposed by Triangle Transit to better connect Durham and Orange counties. The track is estimated to be completed within the next 12 years and will feature stops at various campus hubs, with one stop located on Erwin Road serving Duke Hospital, one on LaSalle St close to Science Drive, and one on Ninth Street near East Campus. The train track will begin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Campus and end at North Carolina Central University.

The plan came about through a joint effort between the metropolitan training organization of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro, and Triangle Transit, an organization devoted to facilitating transportation within the region. The hope is that notifying the public this early may lead to increased growth in anticipation of the light rail.

Sam Veraldi, director of Duke Parking, Housekeeping and Transportation, said he has been in conversations with officials to determine the Duke University’s role in the light rail’s progression. He noted that the light rail has the potential to pave the way for increased student exploration of nearby Durham locations that many students have not been exposed to in the past.

RWA knows the impact that this future light rail transit line will have on Durham area. The ability to connect the city with its universities and provide another alternative mode of transit should lead to economic growth and development in the Durham area.

To learn more about how RWA can help your city bring light rail transit to your residents, contact us today. 

Charlotte Light Railimage credit: davidwilson1949 on flickr

Surrey British Columbia Pushing For Light Rail Transit Solution – Canada Knows The Value Of Light Rail

The Surrey Board of Trade announced a new coalition, Light Rail Links, which is joining the call for an light rail transit solution to the region’s lack of rapid transit infrastructure. Surrey business and community groups formed the group to get light rail transit on track for south of Fraser.

Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts, has been pushing for years to bring a light rail solution connecting Surrey town centres: one between City Centre and Guildford, along 104th Avenue; one connecting City Centre to Newton, along King George Boulevard; and one connecting Surrey to Langley along the Fraser Highway. The mayor is in support of light rail transit as compared to a SkyTrain solution.

Increased traffic in Surrey as the population grows has become a very real threat to potential businesses investing in Surrey. Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman said it took her 50 minutes by car to get from South Surrey to the Board of Trade office at 104th and 144th Avenues. Light Rail Links stressed that Surrey, the fastest-growing municipality in the region, is expected to grow 50 percent to 750,000 residents by 2041. Yet it has not had any significant transit infrastructure in almost 20 years.

RWA knows the importance of light rail and the benefits it brings to metropolitan areas. Our President, Randy Wright, played an integral part of bringing The Tide to the City of Norfolk. Business investment is 7 to 1 around light rail transit, meaning for every dollar you spend on light rail, businesses will invest seven. Business investment combined with traffic congestion relief options make light rail a viable option for most cities.

To learn more about how RWA can help bring light rail to your city, contact RWA today. 

Light Rail Canadaimage credit: Canadian Pacific on flickr

Salt Lake Light Rail Transit Line Packing Thousands Of Rides Per Day

On April 15th, the Utah Transit Authority opened their light rail transit line from downtown Salt Lake to the Salt Lake International Airport. It is a six mile stretch of transit  that in its first few weeks have far exceeded expectations.

According to the UTA, about 4,800 people per day ride the line and that number does not include the passengers who are headed to the airport that were already on the Green line before the downtown stop.

The addition to the line has added to the 140-mile rail system that has been aggressively built in just over twelve years. The Green line has been a welcome addition to the residents of Utah, allowing for alternate means of transit to the airport and neighboring cities like West Valley City, Provo, and Ogden.

The Brookings Institution has recently determined that the Green line is convenient for about 65% of commuters in its service territory. That number would make it the most convenient light rail transit line in the United States.

RWA understands the benefit that light rail transit can bring to our metropolitan areas. RWA is excited for the studies of the Tide expansion into Naval Station Norfolk and Virginia Beach to begin and hopefully bring about more transit connectivity in Hampton Roads. To learn more about RWA’s role in The Tide development, contact us today. 

The Green Line Light Rail Transit Salt Lake Utahimage credit: CountyLemonade on flickr

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