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Transport: Central Indiana Transit Investment, Chicago Picks Next BRT Project, FRA's Costly Rules, CAHSR Bid Rules Controversy


Transit is Crucial Investment for Central Indiana 

Indianapolis Star


When is good enough "good enough"? That's a question we hear in business, politics and life in general, but how often do we recognize the real issue at the heart of that question: "When do we stop investing in our future?"

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Cost Overruns, Missed Deadlines for Oregon Iron 

Portland Oregonian


Officials in Washington, D.C., had a problem. The district agreed to buy two streetcars from United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Clackamas-based Oregon Iron Works.

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Best Route for Sugarhouse Extension 

Salt Lake Tribune


We broke ground one year ago to construct the first phase of a modern streetcar that will connect the Sugar House business district with the main TRAX line at 2100 South.

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Chicago Picks Ashland for Next BRT Project 

Chicago Tribune


CTA riders could enter new stations about every half-mile down the middle of Ashland Avenue starting in 2016 under plans for an express bus version of rail rapid transit that aims to cut travel times by 80 percent.

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FRA Making It More Difficult to Get Off the Shelf Trainsets 

Systemic Failure


When Amtrak planned the Acela back in the 1990s, one of the design goals was to use an off-the-shelf trainset.

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California Bullet Train Bid Rules Altered 

Los Angeles Times


State high-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they changed their rules for selecting a builder for the bullet train's first phase in the Central Valley, a shift that subsequently made it possible for a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to be ranked as the top candidate despite receiving the lowest technical rating.

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More Smoke Than Fire in California HSR Bid Controversy 

California High Speed Rail Blog


The anti-HSR folks are all riled up about the process used to evaluate the bids for the Central Valley segment.

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