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Jumpstarting the Transit Space Race 2011 Interactive Map

Projects in the original report were those on the books December 2010. Costs and details likely have changed and projects removed or added since 2010. If you know of changes or updates to this data, use this form.

Reconnecting America spent several months in late 2010 with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation gathering the most current transit plans available from the 100 largest regions around the country, as well as some known projects from smaller regions. Through this cataloging effort, Reconnecting America found 643 transit projects in 106 regions. Projects have been linked to points on the map. Clicking on those points will take you to a summary of the information. Additional data can be found in our project spreadsheet

The original report along with a downloadable PDF copy can be found here.

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Little Rock

Population: 862,520
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Buffalo

Population: 1,203,493
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Rochester

Population: 1,127,483
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Albany

Population: 1,151,653
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Boston / Providence

Population: 7,609,358
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Hartford

Population: 1,313,516
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New York

Population: 22,232,494
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Philadelphia

Population: 6,533,122
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Lancaster

Population: 507,766
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Harrisburg

Population: 667,425
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Pittsburgh

Population: 2,445,117
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Grand Rapids

Population: 1,327,366
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Detroit

Population: 5,327,764
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Toledo

Population: 732,291
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Fort Wayne

Population: 610,015
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Cleveland

Population: 2,891,988
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Columbus

Population: 2,031,229
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Dayton

Population: 1,066,261
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Indianapolis

Population: 2,064,870
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Cincinnati

Population: 2,214,954
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DC / Baltimore

Population: 8,440,617
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Norfolk

Population: 1,674,498
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Richmond

Population: 1,238,187
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Milwaukee

Population: 1,760,268
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Charleston

Population: 659,191
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Lexington

Population: 685,415
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Louisville

Population: 1,395,634
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Raleigh Durham

Population: 1,742,816
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Greensboro

Population: 1,581,122
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Charlotte

Population: 2,389,763
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Knoxville

Population: 1,053,627
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Nashville

Population: 1,666,566
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Greenville

Population: 1,264,930
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Atlanta

Population: 5,831,778
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Augusta

Population: 539,154
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Jacksonville

Population: 1,328,144
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Orlando

Population: 2,747,614
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Tampa

Population: 2,747,272
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Sarasota

Population: 845,078
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Ft. Myers

Population: 586,908
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Miami

Population: 5,547,051
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Birmingham

Population: 1,212,848
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New Orleans

Population: 1,235,650
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Memphis

Population:
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St. Louis

Population: 2,892,874
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Chicago

Population: 9,804,845
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Madison

Population: 628,947
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Des Moines

Population: 631,845
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Twin Cities

Population: 3,604,460
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Omaha

Population: 885,157
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Kansas City

Poplulation: 2,136,653
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Honolulu

Population: 907,574
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Tulsa

Population: 979,721
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Oklahoma City

Population: 1,297,552
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Dallas-Fort Worth

Population: 6,805,275
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Austin

Population: 1,750,224
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Houston

Population: 5,968,586
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San Antonio

Population: 2,072,128
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El Paso Region

Population: 751,296
Mesa Corridor Rapid Bus City of El Paso Rapid Bus

Albuquerque Region

Population: 857,903
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Colorado Springs Region

Population: 626,227
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Denver Region

Population: 3,110,436

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Notable Regions Under 500

Fort Collins-Loveland, Population: 298,382
Fort Collins Bus Rapid Transit MTC BRT

Notable Regions Under 500

Aspen Glenwood Springs
Aspen, Glenwood Springs Bus Rapid Transit RFTA BRT

Tucson Region

Population: 1,020,200
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Phoenix Region

Population: 4,364,094
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Las Vegas Region

Population: 1,947,068
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San Diego Region

Population: 3,053,793
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Los Angeles Metro Region

Population: 17,820,893

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Fresno Region

Population: 1,063,899
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Notable Regions Under 500

Salinas, Population: 410,370
Commuter Rail TAMC Commuter Rail

Stockton Region

Population: 674,860
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San Francisco Bay Area

Population: 7,427,757
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Notable Regions Under 500

Reno, Population: 471,902
Reno Streetcar via BRT Downtown Reno Streetcar

Sacramento Region

Population: 2,436,109

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Wasatch Front (Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo)

Population: 1,743,364

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Boise Region

Population: 606,376

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Notable Regions Under 500k

Eugene-Springfield, Population: 351,109
West Eugene EMX 13th Ave Alt Lane Transit BRT

Portland Region

Population: 2,241,841
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Seattle / Tacoma Region

Population: 4,158,293
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New York Metro Region

Metropolitan New York includes New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. Most of the MTA planned and under construction projects are mega projects, dwarfing whole system expansion plans in other cities. The Second Avenue Subway and Seven Line extension are subway projects undertaken by the MTA while other lower profile projects taken on by the city include a number of bus rapid transit projects that will improve times on highly traveled routes. Expansion projects will also be costly and be a major undertaking. New Jersey transit projects aren’t as huge after the Access to the Regions Core (ARC) project was sacked by Governor Christie. There have been rumblings recently about a 7 Line extension to New Jersey to replace the ARC project as well as the Amtrak Gateway project. They are projects to follow. Many of the other regional are short extensions of the existing Hudson Bergen light rail line or commuter routes from the suburbs. New York City itself is helping the MTA expand BRT lines within some of the city’s busiest corridors without subway service.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NY Second Avenue Subway Phase I NYMTA Heavy Rail 4867 MTA
NY LIRR East Side Access NYMTA Commuter Rail 7386 MTA
NY 7 Line Extension NYMTA Heavy Rail 2100 MTA
NY Passaic Bergen Commuter NJ Transit Commuter Rail 164 NJ Transit
NY 34th Street Transitway NYC DOT BRT 28 NY DOT
NY Nostrand/Rogers Avenue NYC DOT BRT 40 NY DOT
NJ Northern Branch Project NJ Transit Light Rail (LRT) 866 NJ Transit
NJ Lackawanna Cutoff Phase 1 NJ Transit Commuter Rail - NJ Transit
NJ Lackawanna Cutoff Total NJ Transit Commuter Rail 551 NJ Transit
NJ MOM Line NJ Transit Commuter Rail - NJ Transit
NJ Union County Light Rail NJ Transit Light Rail (LRT) 500 NJTPA
NY Staten Island North Shore NYMTA Unknown - MTA
NY Lower Manhattan Jamaica JFK  NYMTA Unknown - MTA
NY/NJ West of Hudson Regional Access NYMTA Unknown - MTA
NY Hylan Boulevard NYC DOT BRT - NY DOT
NY Second Avenue Subway All Phases NYMTA Heavy Rail 12133 MTA
NJ Hudson Bergen To Jersey City Rt 440 NJ Transit Light Rail (LRT) 171 NJTPA

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Los Angeles Metro Region

In 2008, Los Angeles County passed a half-cent sales tax that would raise up to billion in revenue for transportation projects. A number of transit projects were on the list including light rail, bus rapid transit and subway expansions. The mayor’s centerpiece was the “Subway to the Sea” and in order to get all of these projects done faster, the region is asking the federal government to give them loans so construction can begin sooner and project inflation could be minimized. This program is named 30/10. The congressional delegation is continuing to pursue this option and some projects are starting earlier than anticipated due to early loans from the federal government. Outside of Los Angeles County, bus rapid transit expansions are planned around the metropolitan region including Orange and San Bernadino counties. While it is unknown whether these will eventually be just rapid bus lines without dedicated lanes, these networks will expand on an already existing rapid bus network that has served Los Angeles quite well.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA Orange Line Extension LACMTA BRT 216 LACMTA
CA Expo Line Phase I LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 862 LACMTA
CA Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase I LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 690 LACMTA
CA Expo Line Phase II LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 1300 LACMTA
CA Crenshaw/LAX LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 1400 LACMTA
CA Perris Valley Line  RCTC Commuter Rail 233 FTA
CA E Street BRT Corridor Omnitrans BRT 192 FTA
CA Westside Subway Extension  LACMTA Heavy Rail 6000 LACMTA
CA Regional Connector LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 1366 LACMTA
CA West Santa Ana Transit Corridor LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 649 LACMTA
CA Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2 LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 450 LACMTA
CA Gold Line Eastside Transit Corridor Phase II LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 1800 LACMTA
CA Metro Green Line South Bay Extension LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) 555 LACMTA
CA Wilshire BRT LACMTA BRT 32 LACMTA
CA Downtown LA Streetcar LACMTA Streetcar 100 LA Streetcar
CA Redlands Rail Line SANBAG Commuter Rail 240 SANBAG
CA Aerial Tram San Bernardino to Big Bear SCAG Cog Rail or Cable Car 380 SCAG
CA Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 3 SANBAG Light Rail (LRT) 300 SANBAG
CA San Fernando Valley Corridors Phase 1 LACMTA Rapid Bus 13 LACMTA
CA San Fernando Valley Corridors Phase 2 LACMTA Rapid Bus 158 LACMTA
CA Green Line to LAX LACMTA Light Rail (LRT) - LACMTA
CA Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor LACMTA Heavy Rail/BRT 2468 LACMTA
CA Foothill Blvd East SANBAG BRT 215 SANBAG
CA Hold Avenue/4th Street SANBAG BRT 208 SANBAG
CA Euclid Avenue to Corona SANBAG BRT 180 SANBAG
CA San Bernadino Avenue SANBAG BRT 119 SANBAG
CA Foothill Blvd West SANBAG BRT 166 SANBAG
CA Grand/Edison Avenues SANBAG BRT 179 SANBAG
CA Sierra Avenues SANBAG BRT 79 SANBAG
CA Riverside Avenues SANBAG BRT 174 SANBAG
CA Haven Avenues SANBAG BRT 110 SANBAG
CA Harbor Blvd. BRT (Fullerton to Costa Mesa) OCTA BRT 4 OCTA
CA Westminster/17th BRT OCTA BRT 2 OCTA
CA 28-Mile BRT OCTA BRT 4 OCTA
CA La Palma BRT OCTA BRT - SCAG
CA Beach Blvd. BRT OCTA BRT - SCAG
CA Edinger BRT OCTA BRT - SCAG
CA Katella BRT OCTA BRT - SCAG
CA Anaheim Rapid Connection OCTA Unknown 757 SCAG
CA Santa Ana and Garden Grove Fixed Guideway OCTA Unknown 144 SCAG

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Chicago Metro Region

Chicago’s major expansion plans revolve around existing heavy rail (subway) extensions but regional commuter rail links and BRT pilot projects are also on the books as planned lines. As with other cities with older legacy systems around the country, they have a large maintenance backlog and need to fix what they have. However, there are also ambitious expansion plans and ideas including a circle line that would connect the radial subway lines further west of the city’s core. Metra, the agency that manages the suburban commuter rail network, also has several expansions in early engineering stages.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
IL Red Line Extension (South) CTA Heavy Rail 1093 CTA
IL Orange Line Extension CTA Heavy Rail 445 CTA
IL Yellow Line Extension CTA Heavy Rail 263 CTA
IL UP Northwest Upgrade Metra Commuter Rail 531 Metra
IL Metra BNSF Extension Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Circle Line (Phase II; south) CTA Heavy Rail/BRT 1000 CTA
IL STAR Line Metra Commuter Rail 2737 Metra
IL Southeast Service Corridor Metra Commuter Rail 778 Metra
IL Circle Line (Phase III; north) CTA Heavy Rail/BRT - CMAP
IL Jeffrey Boulevard BRT pilot CTA BRT - CTA
IL Chicago Avenue BRT pilot CTA BRT - CTA
IL Halsted Street BRTpilot CTA BRT - CTA
IL 79th Street BRTpilot CTA BRT - CTA
IL Central Area Transitway CTA BRT - CMAP
IL CTA Blue Line West Extension CTA Heavy Rail - CMAP
IL CTA Brown Line Extension CTA Heavy Rail - CMAP
IL DuPage "J" Line Dupage Co. BRT - RTA
IL Express Airoport Train Service CTA/Chicago Heavy Rail - CMAP
IL Inner Circumferential Rail Service Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Heritage Corridor Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Electric Extension Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Milwaukee District North Extension Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Milwaukee District North Improvements Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Milwaukee District West Extension Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra Rock Island Extension Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL Metra SW Service Extension & Full Service Metra Commuter Rail - CMAP
IL O'Hare to Schaumburg Transit Service IDOT CR/BRT - CMAP
IL Mid-City Transitway CTA Heavy Rail/BRT - CMAP
IL South Lakefront Corridor CTA CR/LRT 160 CMAP

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Washington DC & Baltimore

The Washington, DC, combined statistical area includes the two major cities of Washington and Baltimore. In the confines of the DC region, the first phase of the Silver Line is under construction but the second phase to Dulles Airport remains uncertain. Plans exist for extensions to existing Metro lines and a regional bus rapid transit network as well. The Washington is also planning a citywide streetcar network that will be built in segments. Two segments are currently under construction but funding for the rest of the network is likely to be a major challenge. In the DC suburbs, there are plans for new light rail connections in both Maryland (Purple Line) and Northern Virginia (streetcar, light rail). With the re-election of Governor O’Malley in Maryland, projects that were in doubt are likely to continue forward. In Baltimore, the Red Line continues planning and the region continues to try and fill out its 2002 Regional Rail Plan. It is also considering building a downtown streetcar.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
VA Silver Line Phase I WMATA/MWAA Heavy Rail 3100 Metro
DC H Street DCDOT Streetcar 81 DCDOT
DC Anacostia DCDOT Streetcar 25 DCDOT
VA Silver Line Phase II WMATA/MWAA Heavy Rail 3440 Metro
MD Red Line MTA Light Rail (LRT) 1539 MTA
MD Purple Line MTA/WMATA Light Rail (LRT) 1680 MTA
MD Green Line extension MTA Heavy Rail - MTA
MD Southern MD Transit Corridor WMATA LRT/BRT 1000 MTA
MD Corridor Cities Line MTA/MDOT LRT/BRT 900 MDOT
VA Columbia Pike Arlington County Streetcar 160 WMATA
DC Purple Line extension to NoVa WMATA Heavy Rail - H.R. 55
MD Charles Street Streetcar MTA Streetcar 156 Charles Street 
VA Nova Light Rail NVTA Light Rail (LRT) - NVTA
VA Nova Blue Line extension WMATA Heavy Rail - NVTA
VA Nova Orange Line extension WMATA Heavy Rail - NVTA
VA Nova Yellow Line extension WMATA Heavy Rail - NVTA
DC Blue Line extension WMATA Heavy Rail - WMATA
DC Crystal City/Potomac Yard Corridor WMATA BRT - WMATA
DC DC Streetcar System DCDOT Streetcar - DCDOT
DC MLK Jr Ave/M Street DCDOT Streetcar 24 DCDOT
DC Benning Road DCDOT Streetcar 72 DCDOT
DC Historic Anacostia DCDOT Streetcar 24 DCDOT
DC Union Station/Mt. Vernon Square DCDOT Streetcar 43 DCDOT
DC M Street SE/11th Street Bridge DCDOT Streetcar 95 DCDOT
DC 14th Street DCDOT Streetcar 62 DCDOT
DC Lower Georgia Avenue DCDOT Streetcar 56 DCDOT
DC K Street DCDOT Streetcar 53 DCDOT
DC Georgia Ave DCDOT Streetcar 125 DCDOT
DC Congress Heights DCDOT Streetcar 43 DCDOT
DC Florida Avenue DCDOT Streetcar 79 DCDOT
DC U Street/Calvert Street DCDOT Streetcar 61 DCDOT
DC Rhode Island South DCDOT Streetcar 50 DCDOT
DC Rhode Island North DCDOT Streetcar 80 DCDOT
DC Georgetown DCDOT Streetcar 33 DCDOT
DC 8th Street DCDOT Streetcar 66 DCDOT
DC Minnesota Avenue DCDOT Streetcar 131 DCDOT
DC Bolling AFB DCDOT Streetcar 27 DCDOT
DC Columbia Road DCDOT Streetcar 47 DCDOT
DC Michigan Avenue DCDOT Streetcar 109 DCDOT
DC 7th Street DCDOT Streetcar 110 DCDOT
DC K Street Transitway DCDOT BRT 80 DCDOT
DC Regional BRT Network DCDOT BRT - MWCOG
MD Regional Rail Plan (includes all Baltimore) MTA Various 12000 MTA
MD Orange Line MTA Light Rail (LRT) - MTA
MD Blue Line extension MTA Unknown - MTA
MD Yellow Line extension MTA LRT/BRT/Heavy Rail - MTA

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Boston & Providence

Boston has ambitious plans to expand its transit network, including a ring line similar to Chicago’s and expansions of existing light rail and commuter rail lines. Boston’s major issue, however, is finding funding because the state and transit agency face massive funding shortfalls on an annual basis. The MBTA has about billion in debt due to the Big Dig, which has led to parking and fare increases that have been criticized because they outpace inflation. The Boston region also includes Providence, which is looking to build a city streetcar network to connect major destinations.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
RI South County Commuter Rail (Phase 1) MBTA Commuter Rail 51 RIDOT
MA Fairmount Line Improvements MBTA Commuter Rail 114 MBTA
MA Green Line Phase I to College/Union Sq MBTA Light Rail (LRT) 934 CTPS
MA Green Line Phase II to Medford MBTA Light Rail (LRT) 185 CTPS
MA Red/Blue Lines Connector MBTA Heavy Rail 748 CTPS
MA Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line MBTA Commuter Rail 150 MBTA
MA Silver Line extension (Phase III) MBTA BRT 2100 FTA
MA Urban Ring BRT MBTA BRT 2400 MassDOT
MA Foxborough Commuter Rail  MBTA Commuter Rail 63 MBTA
MA South Coast Commuter Rail MBTA Commuter Rail 1435 MassDOT
RI South County Commuter Rail (Phase 2) RIPTA Commuter Rail - RIDOT
RI Providence Core Connector RIPTA Streetcar 62 RIPTA
RI Woonsocket Commuter Rail RIDOT Commuter Rail 56 RIDOT

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San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area also has a number of major projects including an extension of BART to San Jose and a subway under San Francisco. However, there are many other smaller regional projects including BRT lines and commuter rail that are seeking funding as well. The major problem is getting environmental clearances. Some BRT projects have been on the books a long time and must go through extensive public review processes that seem to make Bay Area transit planning slower than anywhere else in the country. Service cuts are likely a bigger issue than capital expansion. With three different major regional centers and more than two dozen transit agencies much of the planning is Balkanized and minimally coordinated.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA BART to Warm Springs BART Heavy Rail 890 BART
CA eBART BART Commuter Rail 509 BART
CA Oakland BRT AC Transit BRT 216 AC Transit
CA Van Ness BRT SFMTA BRT 119 Muni / FTA
CA Central Subway - T Third Phase II SFMTA Light Rail (LRT) 1578 SFMTA
CA BART to San Jose (Barryesa) BART Heavy Rail 2509 VTA
CA SMART Rail SMART Commuter Rail 590 SMART
CA BART to Livermore BART Heavy Rail 3830 BART
CA Geary BRT SFMTA BRT 212 SFCTA
CA Oakland Streetcar City of Oakland Streetcar - City of Oakland

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Dallas Fort Worth Region

The DFW region has been embarking on transit expansion since 1996 and has one of the most extensive new light rail networks in the country. With the recent opening of the Green Line in Dallas, the future looks promising. Last fall, though, they had to make some serious choices about long-term expansion and future lines because of capital funding issues. Certain lines that were expected to be in the 30-year plan, such as a downtown subway connection, were pushed back and, unless new sources of revenue are found, are likely to be slow in coming. Additionally, Fort Worth just rejected a million grant from the FTA for a downtown streetcar that was to spur a network of lines connecting major hot spots in the city. The T transit agency in Fort Worth is moving forward with commuter rail, and Dallas area state legislators have been looking for ways to increase the sales tax cap for cities that might want to spend more money on transportation improvements. However, the Legislature has not been receptive. Long-term plans also exist for a regional commuter rail network in which some of the lines have already begun the planning process.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX Orange Line DART Light Rail (LRT) 753 DART
TX Blue Line to Rowlett DART Light Rail (LRT) 275 DART
TX Denton A Train DCTA Commuter Rail 191 DCTA
TX Dallas Downtown Streetcar Dallas Streetcar 20 DART
TX Dallas Oak Cliff Streetcar OCTA Streetcar 35 OCTA
TX TEXRail The T Commuter Rail 532 The T
TX Downtown Transit (D2) DART Light Rail (LRT) 612 DART
TX Fort Worth Streetcar Phase 1 Fort Worth Streetcar 57 Fort Worth
TX Fort Worth Streetcar Phase 1b Fort Worth Streetcar 31 Fort Worth
TX UP Mainline NCTCOG Commuter Rail 435 NCTCOG
TX Cleburne NCTCOG Commuter Rail 230 NCTCOG
TX McKinney Mainline NCTCOG Commuter Rail 235 NCTCOG
TX Frisco Line NCTCOG Commuter Rail 178 NCTCOG
TX Midlothian Line NCTCOG Commuter Rail 170 NCTCOG
TX Waxahachie Line NCTCOG Commuter Rail 266 NCTCOG
TX Cottonbelt Line DART Commuter Rail - DART

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Philadelphia Region

The Pennsylvania and New Jersey region with its center on the city of Philadelphia has big plans for expansion but state funding woes have limited these plans. Plans by former Governor Rendell to toll Interstate 80 and give some of the funds to transit were rejected by the federal government. On the books and planned are major subway expansions and commuter rail extensions and expansion in the suburbs of both states. Many of the lines that have undergone engineering and planning are sitting in the queue waiting for capital funding. Like many other regions and transit agencies, SEPTA has been hit with service cuts.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
PA Media Elwyn Extension (Wawa) SEPTA Commuter Rail 80 News Reports
PA Waterfront LRT PATCO Streetcar 428 PATCO
NJ PATCO Glassboro-Camden PATCO Light Rail (LRT) 1329 PATCO
NJ West Trenton Line NJ Transit Commuter Rail 219 NJ Transit
NJ Central NJ BRT DVRPC BRT 600 DVRPC
PA Norristown to Redding Extension DVRPC Commuter Rail Montgomery Co
PA Roosevelt Boulevard Rapid Transit DVRPC Heavy Rail 4400 DVRPC
PA Quakertown Restoration DVRPC Commuter Rail 115 DVRPC
PA Paoli Thorndale Extension SEPTA Commuter Rail - DVRPC
PA Navy Yard Extension DVRPC Heavy Rail 400 DVRPC
PA Route 100 to King of Prussia DVRPC Light Rail (LRT) 140 DVRPC

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Houston Region

The Houston area has one of the most ambitious transit expansion plans for core city mobility in the country. After the construction of the wildly successful Main Street Light Rail Line, the local transit agency backed by an existing 1-cent sales tax has a planned a network including five more lines and a number of commuter rail lines to connect with the suburbs. The agency however has come under fire recently for contracts with foreign rail car manufacturers and a poor relationship with the FTA. But a new mayor has started cleaning house and new management has given the agency a better face. Three new lines are under construction now, while two more are waiting for FTA funding issues to be resolved. The Greater Houston- Galveston region has an ambitious plan for a commuter rail network, but the first line in the plan has been recently stalled due to a “depressed economy and a budget-cutting political climate.”

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX East End Line Houston Metro Light Rail (LRT) 300 Houston Metro
TX North Line Houston Metro Light Rail (LRT) 681 Houston Metro
TX Southeast Line Houston Metro Light Rail (LRT) 605 Houston Metro
TX University Line Houston Metro Light Rail (LRT) 1322 Houston Metro
TX Uptown Line Houston Metro Light Rail (LRT) Houston Metro
TX Houston to Galveston HGAC Commuter Rail 350 HGAC
TX US 290/Eureka HGAC Commuter Rail 3000 HGAC
TX US 90A Glidden HGAC Commuter Rail HGAC
TX Westpark HGAC Commuter Rail HGAC
TX Hardy Toll Road HGAC Commuter Rail HGAC
TX US 59 North (Lufkin) HGAC Commuter Rail - HGAC
TX SH 249 /FM 1774 (BNSF Houston) HGAC Commuter Rail - HGAC
TX Streetcar Extension to Stewart Beach HGAC Streetcar 7.04 HGAC
TX SE Transit Center --> Medical Center Houston Metro Rapid Bus - Houston Metro
TX Uptown to US 90A Commuter Line Houston Metro Rapid Bus - Houston Metro
TX Gessner Houston Metro Rapid Bus - Houston Metro
TX US249/Tidwell Houston Metro Rapid Bus - Houston Metro

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Atlanta Region

One of the more exciting transit and development proposals around the country has been the Beltline Project, a loop linking together the neighborhoods surrounding downtown. The idea was dreamt up by a graduate student at Georgia Tech and has since morphed into a regional project. Additionally a major undertaking called Concept 3 is in the works and is a result of a recognition that transit governance institutional issues exist in delivering service across county boundaries. Concept 3 was developed to provide the 18-county region’s leadership with a transit vision that encompasses the Atlanta region as a whole. However, the state has been a major roadblock in terms of funding, and MARTA has had operating cost issues with the downturn. Atlanta did, however, win a major TIGER II grant to start construction on its downtown streetcar network, although this comes at the expense of the Beltline and other transit projects.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
GA Beltline MARTA Streetcar 2800 MARTA
GA Downtown Streetcar Segment Atlanta Streetcar 72 Atlanta Downtown
GA Peachtree Streetcar Atlanta Streetcar 1000 Atlanta Downtown
GA Athens Commuter Rail MARTA Commuter Rail 373 Ga Rail Program
GA Griffin-Lovejoy Commuter Rail GDOT Commuter Rail 299  Ga Rail Program
GA Clifton Corridor MARTA Light Rail (LRT) 50 MARTA
GA I-20 East Corridor MARTA Light Rail (LRT) - MARTA
GA East/West Northern Connector MARTA Light Rail (LRT) - ARC
GA I-85 Corridor (Doraville-Gwinnett) MARTA Light Rail (LRT) - FTA
GA Northwest Atlanta Corridor MARTA Light Rail (LRT) - FTA
GA West Line Corridor MARTA Heavy Rail/BRT 251 MARTA
GA South Fulton Parkway MARTA Unknown - MARTA
GA North Line Corridor MARTA Heavy Rail/LRT - MARTA
GA Georgia Transit Connector Atlanta Streetcar 289 Atlanta Downtown
GA Northeast Line extension MARTA Heavy Rail 1985 ARC
GA Southeast Line extension to East Point MARTA Heavy Rail 1985 ARC
GA Gainesville Commuter rail MARTA Commuter Rail 318  Ga Rail Program
GA Madison Commuter Rail MARTA Commuter Rail 178  Ga Rail Program
GA Bremen Commuter Rail MARTA Commuter Rail 303  Ga Rail Program
GA Senoia Commuter Rail MARTA Commuter Rail 194  Ga Rail Program
GA Various highway BRT projects MARTA BRT 2263 ARC

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Miami Region

The Miami region has massive transit plans on the books and even passed a sales tax to build new corridors for their metro rail line but recently have had to slow or stop all transit development because of dwindling revenues. The FTA recently took the North Corridor out of consideration for federal funding because of this issue specifically. While there are major plans in Miami, the transit agency currently has issues with credibility in filling them out. Some in the region are pinning their hopes on the South Florida East Coast Corridor (FEC), a rail line that will connect Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a cross between a commuter and an urban rail corridor. It is envisioned as one of the most competitive projects on the table in the Miami region currently. In the meantime, the Ft. Lauderdale downtown streetcar project, the “Wave,” is moving along through the Small Starts process. Though the plan was not originally in the Strategic Plan for transit in the region, the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority and related businesses and organizations have created a sense of momentum backing the project, and the Ft. Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority has also put most of the necessary funding in place.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL Orange Line Phase I MIC /Earlington Heights Miami Dade Heavy Rail 394 Miami Dade
FL Ft. Lauderdale Streetcar, The WAVE Ft. Lauderdale Streetcar 124 Ft. Lauderdale
FL Orange Line Phase II North Corridor Miami Dade Heavy Rail 1341 Miami Dade
FL Orange Line Phase II East West Miami Dade Heavy Rail 2300 Miami Dade
FL Streetcar Miami Streetcar 280 Miami
FL South Florida East Coast Corridor (FEC) FDOT Commuter Rail 2390 FDOT
FL Central Broward East / West Transit Study  FDOT LRT/BRT 1070 FDOT
FL Kendall Drive BRT Miami-Dade BRT - SFRTA
FL Oakland Park Blvd Corridor (E/W) Broward County BRT - SFRTA
FL Glades Road Corridor Broward County BRT - SFRTA
FL Central Palm Beach County Corridor  SFRTA BRT - SFRTA
FL Sunport Airport/Seaport People Mover Airport Light Rail (LRT) - SFRTA
FL Miami Beach Light Rail Extension Miami Beach Light Rail (LRT) - SFRTA

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Detroit Region

While the city is slowly ramping up efforts to build a rapid transit line on Woodward with the help of local foundations, this is just one part of a regional radial rapid transit plan with lines emanating from the central city. Detroit has been the focus of intense study due to its 20th century shrinking and funding issues abound. However, focus on the Woodward corridor and transit lines to Ann Arbor and beyond could prove a spark to make Detroit into a redevelopment success. Ann Arbor itself, part of the Detroit region, is also looking into a downtown transit line that could be light rail or streetcar.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
MI Woodward DDOT Light Rail (LRT) 500 DDOT
MI Detroit to Ann Arbor SEMCOG Commuter Rail 80 SEMCOG
MI Ann Arbor Wally Line AATA Commuter Rail 32 AATA
MI Gratiot Avenue DDOT BRT 523 SEMCOG
MI Michigan Avenue DDOT Light Rail (LRT) 521 SEMCOG
MI Ann Arbor Connector AATA Unknown - AATA
MI Grand River SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI Warren? SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI Big Beaver-Metro Parkway SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI M-59 SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI Telegraph Rd. SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI Jefferson St./Harper Ave. SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI Fort St SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI 12 Mile Road SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI 9 Mile SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI 7 Mile SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG
MI 8-mile SEMCOG Unknown - SEMCOG

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Phoenix Region

With the ridership success of their starter line, Phoenix has continued to plan its rapid transit network. However, without increased funding the expansion will be slow and the lines that are planned to radiate from the central city will be brought online in full around 2030. In 2009, planning for several lines was delayed due to funding issues because of the regions want to avoid a costly long federal process. Additionally, commuter rail lines are planned between Phoenix and Tucson.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
AZ Tempe South Modern Streetcar Metro Streetcar 160 Valley Metro
AZ Northwest LRT Extension - Phase 1 Metro Light Rail (LRT) 347 Valley Metro
AZ Central Mesa LRT Extension Metro Light Rail (LRT) 198 Valley Metro
AZ Phoenix West Metro Light Rail (LRT) 1013 Valley Metro
AZ Glendale Metro Light Rail (LRT) 526 Valley Metro
AZ Northwest LRT Extension - Phase 2 Metro Light Rail (LRT) 153 Valley Metro
AZ Northeast Phoenix Metro Light Rail (LRT) 1494 Valley Metro
AZ Grand Ave Commuter Rail MAG Commuter Rail 600 MAG
AZ Yuma West Commuter Rail MAG Commuter Rail 365 MAG
AZ Arterial BRT MAG BRT 73 MAG
AZ System Study Commuter Rail MAG Commuter Rail 1800 MAG

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Seattle / Tacoma Region

The Seattle region has been thinking about building rapid transit lines for years but had been through a number of fits and starts before they opened their first streetcar line in 2007 and first light rail line in 2009. In 2008, voters approved a tax increase for funding network extensions, and a new mayor has hinted at even more possible voter initiatives in the near future. A downtown streetcar network is also being proposed, which would connect all of the major destinations close to downtown. Additionally, major improvements to bus lines are in store and a major waterfront project could change the face to the city. However, King County is struggling with funding operations, and Sound Transit has had to cut some service, but it does not seem as severe as other places around the country.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
WA First Hill-Capitol Hill Line Sound Transit Streetcar 115 Seattle Streetcar
WA University Link Seattle Light Rail (LRT) 1947 Sound Transit
WA Lakewood-Tacoma Extension Sound Transit Commuter Rail - Sound Transit
WA North Link Seattle Light Rail (LRT) 286 Sound Transit
WA Airport Link Extension Seattle Light Rail (LRT) 336 Sound Transit
WA Everett Streetcar Everett Streetcar -
WA East Link Seattle Light Rail (LRT) 2400 Sound Transit
WA South Corridor HCT Seattle Light Rail (LRT) 809 Sound Transit
WA North Corridor HCT Seattle Light Rail (LRT) - Sound Transit
WA Streetcar Network Plan Seattle Streetcar 600 Seattle Streetcar
WA Central Line Seattle Streetcar 180 Seattle Streetcar
WA Freemont Ballard Line Seattle Streetcar 135 Seattle Streetcar
WA U Line Seattle Streetcar 170 Seattle Streetcar
WA Southeast King County Commuter Rail  King County Commuter Rail 169 WSDOT
WA EZRA (Puyallup) Puyallup Transit BRT 30 Puyallup Transit
WA Issaquah Streetcar Valley Trolly - Issaquah Valley Trolley
WA Lynnwood Streetcar Community Tran Streetcar -
WA Swift BRT Community Tran BRT 29 Community Transit
WA Rapid Ride (Letter Lines) King County BRT 204 King County Metro
WA West Seattle BRT (C Line) King County BRT - King County Metro
WA Shoreline BRT (E Line) King County BRT - King County Metro
WA Ballard BRT (D Line) King County BRT - King County Metro
WA Burien Renton BRT (F Line) King County BRT - King County Metro
WA Bellevue BRT (B Line) King County BRT - King County Metro

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Twin Cities Region

The Twin Cities has embraced fixed-guideway transit expansion and is now working on their third new line, the Central Corridor, between Minneapolis and St. Paul. A few years ago the Legislature overrode a veto by the governor that allowed counties to raise money for fixedguideway projects and many have increased their funding. The Met Council also recently updated its long-range transportation plan with an extensive network of transitways emanating to almost all reaches of the region. Other commuter, light rail, and bus rapid transit lines are in the works and supported regionally due to the success of the Hiawatha Light Rail Line. However, with Rep. Oberstar out of office there might be some issues with federal funding. Still, regional planners are likely to continue moving forward with the processes to get lines built, especially on the Bottineau Boulevard and the Southwest Corridors. Additionally, a center city streetcar network just got funding for planning from the federal government, signaling that streetcars might not be far off in downtown Minneapolis.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
MN Central Corridor Metro Transit Light Rail (LRT) 957 Met Council
MN I-35W South Metro Transit BRT 80 Met Council
MN Cedar Avenue BRT Metro Transit BRT 135 Met Council
MN Southwest Corridor Metro Transit Light Rail (LRT) 1250 Metropolitan Council
MN Northstar Extension Metro Transit Commuter Rail - Met Council
MN Central & University Streetcar Line Minneapolis Streetcar 67 City of Minneapolis
MN Nicollet Streetcar Line Minneapolis Streetcar 75 City of Minneapolis
MN Bottineau Boulevard Metro Transit LRT/BRT 885 Hennepin County
MN Red Rock Corridor Metro Transit Commuter Rail - Washington County
MN Rush Line Ramsey County LRT/BRT - Ramsey County
MN Gateway Corridor Metro Transit LRT/BRT - Washington County
MN Robert Street Corridor Metro Transit BRT - Dakota County
MN Midtown Corridor Metro Transit Light Rail/BRT/Strtcr 87 Met Council
MN 1-35W North Metro Transit LRT/BRT - Met Council
MN Nicollet-Central Urban Circulator Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN TH 36/NE Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Highway 65/Central Avenue/BNSF Metro Transit LRT/BRT - Met Council
MN Minneapolis Streetcar Network Minneapolis Streetcar 355 City of Minneapolis
MN Hennepin Streetcar Line Minneapolis Streetcar 70 City of Minneapolis
MN Chicago Streetcar Line Minneapolis Streetcar 78 City of Minneapolis
MN Washington Streetcar Line Minneapolis Streetcar 65 City of Minneapolis
MN Central Avenue BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Nicollet Avenue BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Snelling Ave/Ford Pkwy BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN West Broadway BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Chicago Avenue BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN East 7th Street BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN West 7th Street BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN American Blvd BRT Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Lake Street Corridor Metro Transit BRT - Met Council
MN Hennepin Avenue Corridor Metro Transit Streetcar/BRT 108 Met Council
MN St. Paul Streetcar St. Paul Streetcar - Met Council
2030 Transportation Policy Plan

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Denver Region

Denver was one of the first regions in the Western United States to look at fixedguideway expansion holistically and raise money to construct it. In 2004, voters passed a sales tax measure to speed up construction of 122 miles worth of rail and 18 miles of bus rapid transit around the region. Since that time, however, budget cuts and rising construction costs have led to calls for another election to approve another sales tax increase to cover the shortfall. The timeline for the projects has been delayed, but political will has not of yet dampened completely, and the business community remains strongly for a full buildout of the original plan. The regional transit agency (RTD) expects all lines to be completed as planned eventually. Other projects are moving forward as well, with streetcar planning getting under way on the Colfax Avenue corridor in downtown Denver.
State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CO East Corridor Denver RTD Commuter Rail 1340 Denver RTD
CO West Corridor Denver RTD Light Rail (LRT) 710 Denver RTD
CO Bus Mall  Denver RTD BRT - DUSPA
CO Northwest Corridor Denver RTD Commuter Rail 707 Denver RTD
CO Gold Line  Denver RTD Commuter Rail 591 Denver RTD
CO US 36 BRT (Phase 2) Denver RTD BRT 209 Denver RTD
CO Central Corridor Denver RTD Light Rail (LRT) 67 Denver RTD
CO I-225 Corridor Denver RTD Light Rail (LRT) 695 Denver RTD
CO North Metro Corridor Denver RTD Commuter Rail 924 Denver RTD
CO SE Corridor Extension Denver RTD Light Rail (LRT) 184 Denver RTD
CO SW Corridor Extension Denver RTD Light Rail (LRT) 166 Denver RTD
CO Colfax Streetcar City of Denver Streetcar 175 Colfax Streetcar Study

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San Diego Region

San Diego constructed its first light rail line in 1981 and has been expanding slowly ever since. Currently, the region is looking at ways to expand its system and include bus rapid transit along some of its major inner-city corridors. A new long-range plan coming in the next few years will give an even greater horizon and a lot of new projects to consider from now to 2050. The Mid-Coast Corridor is the only light rail project currently in an advanced stage of planning in the region, with two possible BRT corridors to follow. The 2050 plan that was recently released also hinted at a possible Los Angeles 30/10 style funding mechanism, but for 50/10. This would mean an upfront loan to complete the 50 years of projects in 10 years and pay that back over time with an additional sales tax.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA Mid-Coast Corridor SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) 1300 SANDAG
CA South Bay Bus Rapid Transit SANDAG BRT 97 SANDAG
CA SPRINTER SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Blue Line w/ Mid-Coast Extension SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Orange Line with Extension to Airport SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Green Line with Extension to 12th/Imperial SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA SDSU to San Ysidro via East San Diego SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA SDSU to Downtown via El Cajon Blvd/Mid-City SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA UTC to Mira Mesa SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA UTC to Chula Vista SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Pacific Beach to El Cajon SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Otay Mesa to Chula Vista SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA SPRINTER - Limited Stops SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA UTC to San Ysidro via Downtown San Diego SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA El Cajon to Downtown San Diego via Euclid SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Otay Ranch to UTC SANDAG Light Rail (LRT) - SANDAG
CA Temecula/Escondido to Downtown via I-15, SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA El Cajon to Otay Mesa SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA Downtown to UTC SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA Oceanside to Escondido SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA Rancho Bernardo to Downtown San Diego SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA Escondido to Downtown San Diego SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA Otay Ranch/Chula Vista to Palomar Airport SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA SE San Diego/Mid-City to Palomar Airport SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA El Cajon to UTC SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA El Cajon to Sorrento Mesa via Santee, SR SANDAG BRT - SANDAG
CA San Marcos Downtown SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Chula Vista Downtown SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA National City Downtown 10 10 SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA San Diego Downtown - Little Italy to E Village SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Hillcrest/Balboa Park/ Downtown Loop SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA 30th Ave to Downtown San Diego SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA El Cajon Downtown SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Escondido Downtown SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Oceanside Downtown  SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Mission Beach to La Jolla via Pacific Beach SANDAG Streetcar - SANDAG
CA Mid-City Rapid Bus SANDAG Rapid Bus 54 SANDAG

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St. Louis Region

St. Louis has a strong advocacy community and the region has benefitted by building more fixed-guideway transit than many other similar regions in the Midwest. Facing budget cuts in 2009, a majority of voters in the region approved an increase in sales tax to pay for operations and to fund some of the planned expansion that had been part of a long-range system plan, Moving Transit Forward, which was updated in 2010. However, it is believed that this funding will not be enough to fund major capital projects expanding light rail over a short period of time. It’s likely that this region will go line by line as the money becomes available but service will continue on the transit network and will be hit less than other regions which haven’t raised more money since the downturn.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
MO Del Mar Loop Trolley City of St. Louis Streetcar 44 Loop Trolley
MO Northside-Florissant Valley EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) 312 East West Gateway
MO Downtown LRT segment EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) 122 East West Gateway
MO Southside EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) 537 East West Gateway
MO Daniel Boone (Clayton-Westport)  EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO Madison County EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO MetroNorth-Florissant LRT extension EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO MetroSouth EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) - Metro South
MO St. Claire extension EW Gateway Light Rail (LRT) - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO I-44 BRT EW Gateway BRT - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO I-55 BRT EW Gateway BRT - Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO I-64 BRT EW Gateway BRT -  Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO I-70 BRT EW Gateway BRT -  Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO Grand BRT EW Gateway BRT -  Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO Pacific-St. Louis Commuter Rail EW Gateway Commuter Rail -  Metro Moving Transit Fwd
MO Alton-St. Louis Commuter Rail EW Gateway Commuter Rail -  Metro Moving Transit Fwd

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Cleveland Region

Facing a shrinking region Cleveland has made a lot of progress recently, completing a dedicated lane bus rapid transit line on Euclid Avenue. One extension of the existing heavy rail system is in Alternatives Analysis, but the others in the long range plan have stalled and may not be picked back up for many years. There is a movement to extend the BRT “Health Line” into the Euclid community and East Cleveland, but that project is still in the preliminary planning stages. There are plans on the books for a regional commuter rail network and extensions to existing light rail lines that would connect major employment centers, however funding is short and the region must decide what its priorities are for investment. If the Euclid corridor is any indication, it is still possible to make smart investments in shrinking cities, however budget issues must be taken into account.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH Waterfront Line Extension RTA Heavy Rail - Cleveland RTA
OH Red Line Extension (SW Corridor Project) RTA Heavy Rail - Cleveland RTA
OH Blue Line Extension RTA Heavy Rail 50 Cleveland RTA
OH Health Line Extension RTA BRT - -
NeoRail II (Northeast Ohio Rail) (4 below)
OH West Shore Corridor to Lorain Lorrain County Commuter Rail 1600 Cleveland RTA
OH Lake East corridor to Painesville/Ashtabula RTA Commuter Rail
OH Southeast corridor to Aurora and Mantua RTA Commuter Rail
OH South corridor to Akron and Canton RTA Commuter Rail
OH Scenic Railroad Extension? Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR Unknown - -

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Orlando Region

The Orlando Region as of now does not have any fixed-guideway transit but it does have the most powerful member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on its side pushing for the first segment of the Sunrail commuter line to be constructed. Currently, light rail and bus rapid transit corridors are under study and with the construction of the Sun Rail commuter line it is expected that these will jump up in the planning queue as soon as it is under way.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL Sunrail Phase I FDOT Commuter Rail 357 Metro Plan Orlando
FL North South LRT LYNX Light Rail (LRT) 1300 Central Florida Rail
FL Sunrail Phase II FDOT Commuter Rail 258 Central Florida Rail
FL OIA Connector & MC/IW extension (E W LRT) LYNX Light Rail (LRT) 617 Central Florida Rail
FL Osceola County Corridor LYNX BRT - Metro Plan Orlando
FL Northwest Corridor Commuter Rail Unknown Commuter Rail 111 Metro Plan Orlando
FL Downtown Orlando BRT LYNX BRT 62 Metro Plan Orlando
FL Medical City/Innovation Way to UCF BRT LYNX BRT - Metro Plan Orlando
FL LYNX Premium Bus (Fast Bus) LYNX Rapid Bus 186 Metro Plan Orlando
FL FlexBus LYNX Rapid Bus 24 Metro Plan Orlando

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Tampa Region

The Tampa region rejected a sales tax measure for transit expansion in the 2010 general election. However, one of the opponents and major players in the region has begun discussions on how to build a line to the airport with existing funding sources without raising taxes. It has been proposed that this be a demonstration line, which might be of interest to outside funders. Two lines are in the planning books here, with many other corridors under consideration in the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) master plan adopted in May of 2009. Additionally, regional transportation agencies such as TBARTA cover a larger area than transit agencies and control planning and coordination for all investments.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL Northeast Corridor LRT HART Light Rail (LRT) 1300 TBARTA
FL West Corridor LRT HART Light Rail (LRT) 475 TBARTA
FL St. Petersburgh to Clearwater TBARTA Light Rail (LRT) - TBARTA
FL USF to Wesley Chapple TBARTA Light Rail (LRT) - TBARTA

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Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has put together an impressive network of dedicated lane bus rapid transit networks and light rail. Currently the region is building a connection that is missing from the North Side of the river to the central business district. Additionally, there are plans in the works to connect Oakland and Pittsburgh downtowns, two of the largest employment centers in the region only a short distance apart but unconnected by fixed-guideway transit. Connections between the two would greatly benefit the region. Pittsburgh received a Tiger II planning grant to look at one portion of a proposed commuter rail corridor that would connect downtown Pittsburgh to Arnold and New Kensington along the Allegheny River as well.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
PA North Shore Connector Allegheny Cnty Light Rail (LRT) 435 Port Authority
PA Allegheny Valley Commuter Rail SPC Commuter Rail 215 SPC
PA Oakland Circulator (in and around) Allegheny Cnty APM 1516 Allegheny County
PA Downtown Pittsburgh to Oakland Connector Allegheny Cnty LRT/BRT - Allegheny County
PA Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Pittsburgh Redevelopment Agency Commuter Rail -
PA Norfolk Southern Commuter Rail SPC Commuter Rail 85 SPC
PA East Busway Extension: to East Pittsburgh SPC BRT 240 SPC
PA Mon Valley SPC Light Rail (LRT) 1200 SPC
PA Airport Connector SPC Light Rail (LRT) 1180 SPC
PA Parkway West (Expand West Busway) SPC BRT 911 SPC

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Sacramento Region

The funding for Sacramento Regional Transit has traditionally been a rollercoaster waiting for the state government to fund the system each year. However, with budget issues each year this arrangement has been costly for service and expansion. The FTA is waiting for this to clear up before it funds the South Corridor extension. This hasn’t deterred the transit agency from planning or even deciding to construct extensions to the current system. The downtown to Natomas line is now going to be built in segments, with the first segment through the Sacramento Railyards redevelopment project opening soon. Additional extensions will be paid for as they go and a sales tax vote has been long discussed and looms on the horizon to serve as a better funding source than state appropriations.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA DNA MOS 1 RT Light Rail (LRT) - Sacramento RT
CA Downtown Nantomas Airport (DNA) RT Light Rail (LRT) 785 Sacramento RT
CA South Corridor Extension RT Light Rail (LRT) 270 Sacramento RT
CA West Sacramento Streetcar RT Streetcar 69 City of West Sac
CA Citrus Heights Extension (Blue) RT Light Rail (LRT) - Sacramento RT
CA Roseville Extension (Blue) RT Light Rail (LRT) - Sacramento RT
CA Elk Grove Extension (Blue) RT Light Rail (LRT) - Sacramento RT
CA Gold Line to Eldorado County RT Light Rail (LRT) - Sacramento RT
CA Regional Rail Network RT Commuter Rail 390 Sacramento RT
CA Downtown North Loop Streetcar RT Streetcar 580 Sacramento RT
CA Downtown South Loop Streetcar RT Streetcar Sacramento RT
CA Rancho Cordova Streetcar RT Streetcar 430 Sacramento RT
CA Citrus Heights - Rancho Cordova Strtcr RT Streetcar - Sacramento RT
CA Bus Rapid Transit Network RT BRT 550 Sacramento RT

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Charlotte Region

The Charlotte region has been very ambitious in the last decade and has a massive planned system to be completed by 2030 however funding has dwindled with the economic downturn. Discussions now revolve around how to build corridors incrementally so that they can keep up the progress of building lines. Commuter rail and light rail corridors on the North Side are likely to be cut down to more manageable sizes while a small segment of streetcar is being constructed as the first part of a major crosstown connection. The political will for the city which has closer ties to the county than most regions will continue as long as the lines they open are successful. The South Corridor success in ridership and redevelopment has given them hope that further expansion will continue shaping their city in a different way than other southern cities and will attract talent. Already commentators in Tampa and Atlanta are decrying how far behind Charlotte they have become in infrastructure investment of this type.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NC Center City Starter Section CATS Streetcar 37 CATS
NC Northeast Corridor CATS Light Rail (LRT) 1180 CATS
NC North Corridor CATS Commuter Rail 375 CATS
NC Center City Streetcar  CATS Streetcar 500 CATS
NC Southeast Corridor CATS LRT/BRT 325 CATS
NC West Streetcar Line (Airport) CATS Streetcar 487 CATS

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Portland Region

Expansion continues relatively unabated and the system that was planned in the 1970s as LUTRAQ is almost built out. A new high capacity transit plan has been completed for the next 30 years and planning begins on the new pieces of the system soon. In addition to the regional light rail network, the streetcar network planned and envisioned by the city is a brand new way of thinking about redevelopment and transportation synergy in cities. Portland is not perfect as everyone might think. Funding issues still continue and neighborhoods still protect their views and way of life from large projects. Portland has also been the most successful at getting federal funding to complete their goals. With a new congress and a new transportation bill it is still yet to be seen how transit and regional transportation funding will be handled. The region is also figuring out how to build a new river crossing between Portland and Vancouver. This crossing would include light rail and a new auto bridge however the debate over whether the bridge should be built is ongoing.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OR Milwaukie Light Rail Tri-Met Light Rail (LRT) 1490 Tri Met
OR Columbia River Crossing States Light Rail (LRT) 850 CRC
OR Streetcar to Lake Oswego Tri-Met Streetcar/BRT 380 Metro
OR Broadway/Weidler City of Portland Streetcar 70 Portland
OR MLK Jr. Loop Closure City of Portland Streetcar 70 Portland
OR 18-19th/Burnside Couch/Sandy City of Portland Streetcar 215 Portland
OR Tacoma Street Extension City of Portland Streetcar 70 Portland
OR Columbia/Jefferson to Hawthorne City of Portland Streetcar 190 Portland
OR 102nd Ave/Gateway Circulator City of Portland Streetcar 70 Portland
OR Powell Corridor HCT Metro LRT/BRT - Metro
OR Barbour Corridor HCT Metro LRT/BRT - Metro
OR Beaverton Wilsonville LRT Metro LRT/BRT - Metro

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Cincinnati Region

The City of Cincinnati and the greater Ohio-Kentucky region are becoming very focused on urbanism and transit issues. Grants and funding have been assembled for the first segment of a downtown streetcar that is expected to bring redevelopment and vibrancy to the downtown area. While opponents are still trying to knock the project off, it looks pretty close to a done deal with funding assembled and the city council on board. Future plans for bus rapid transit regionally to compliment the downtown streetcar are in the works. However, after a light rail election loss in 2002 the voters still seem a bit skeptical. Even with the loss, the long range plans call for maintaining rights of way for future rail lines around the city as well.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH Downtown Streetcar Cincinnati Streetcar 128 Cincinnati
OH Eastern Corridor Oasis OKI Commuter Rail 410 OKI
OH Bus Rapid Transit Network Cincinnati BRT - Cincinnati News
OH I-71 Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI
OH I-75 Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI
OH Wasson Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI
OH SE Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI
OH Western Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI
OH Lawrenceburg Rail Transit Vision Cincinnati Unknown - OKI

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Kansas City Region

In 2008, the region completed SmartMoves, a strategic plan for building the transit network in Kansas City which identified a mix of urban and commuter corridors that could make up the transit network for the region in the future. The Troost MAX BRT line began operating in early January 2011, and though operating dollars for future expansions are scarce, the region is moving ahead with planning. Five of the lines identified in the SmartMoves plan are currently in the Engineering or Alternatives Analysis stages, including a downtown Kansas City Streetcar that would link up with the planned commuter rail lines.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
KS State Avenue (Southtown) MARC Rapid Bus 26 SmartMoves
KS Metcalf and Shawnee Mission Pkwy MARC LRT/BRT 20 SmartMoves
MO Kansas City Streetcar KCTA Streetcar 150 KCTA
MO I-70 East Corridor (Blue Springs) MARC Commuter Rail 10 MARC
MO Rock Island  aka Lee's Summit Line MARC LRT/BRT 52 MARC
MO North Oak (Burlington Corridor) MARC Rapid Bus 16 SmartMoves
MO US 40 MARC Rapid Bus 15 SmartMoves
MO Truman Road /US 24 Independence MARC Rapid Bus 16 SmartMoves
MO I-70 West (Wyandotte Line) MARC Commuter Rail 10 MARC
MO U.S. 71 (Grandview Line) MARC CR/BRT 10 MARC
MO KCI Airport/ I-29  MARC CR/BRT 10 MARC
MO I-35 North (Liberty Line) MARC Commuter Rail 10 MARC

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San Antonio Region

A major light rail election was lost here in 2000 by a large margin and the conversation has not come up much since. But recently the local transit agency hired Keith Parker from Charlotte and begun looking at ways to expand their rapid transit network. A downtown streetcar line is in planning and high density corridors in the city are being studied for bus rapid transit. Unlike other cities in the state, the transit agency only has access to a half cent sales tax instead of a cent. While an election isn’t imminent, it’s possible that the agency and region could ask for the other half from voters while trying to build a rapid transit network.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX Fredricksburg Road BRT (VIA Primo) VIA Rapid Bus 57 VIA
TX North-south between Southtown and Midtown VIA Streetcar 74 VIA
TX East-west between EastTown on Commerce VIA Streetcar 97 VIA

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Indianapolis Region

Indianapolis’ business community has recently come up with a plan called Indy Connect, to expand transit and build commuter rail and bus rapid transit lines within the city. However funding will be needed to build such a plan and while an some locals want a sales tax election, state legislators have said that they would not give them the authority to hold such an election to ask voters for funding. This puts the plan on hold but also gives regional leaders time to build up more political capital and form a plan for getting a sales tax or other funding measure passed. A downtown streetcar has also been proposed by a nonprofit organization.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
IN Northeast Corridor IRTC Commuter Rail 691 Indy Connect
IN Indy Connect Plan IRTC CR/BRT/LRT 2400
IN Southern Corridor IRTC Commuter Rail - Indy Connect
IN Northwest Corridor IRTC Commuter Rail - Indy Connect
IN 38th Street BRT IRTC BRT - Indy Connect
IN Washington Street BRT/LRT IRTC BRT - Indy Connect
IN Keystone Avenue BRT IRTC BRT - Indy Connect
IN North-South BRT IRTC BRT - Indy Connect
IN Downtown Streetcar Non-Profit Streetcar - Downtown Indy Streetcar Corp.

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Columbus Region

The Columbus region was moving towards building a light rail or bus rapid transit line on their major north south corridor. However, the cost effectiveness ratings was too low to receive New Starts funding, so planning for transit expansion had to start over. Since that time, streetcar plans connecting downtown and Ohio State University were developed but have since stalled, and officials have mentioned that plans are now off the table. Innovating financing techniques such as event ticket taxes were heralded as possible ways to pay for the system but as of now it is on hold. In late 2010, the transit agency (COTA) announced it was now considering a bus rapid transit network modeled after Cleveland. Recently, FTA awarded the region a grant to perform an Alternatives Analysis on one corridor.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH Downtown Streetcar MORPC Streetcar 128 MORPC
OH North Corridor LRT COTA/MORPC Light Rail (LRT) 650 MORPC
OH Cleveland Avenue BRT COTA BRT - FTA

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< 2 Million People

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Las Vegas Region

The Las Vegas region has made a concerted effort to push less expensive transit options or have private operators develop transit alternatives. For example, the Las Vegas Monorail is a completely private operation. The operator declared bankruptcy in 2010, however, which put a planned expansion to the airport on hold. The transit agency (RTC) is planning several true bus rapid transit corridors and received a TIGER award from the DOT in February 2010 to begin construction of the Sahara Express BRT line. Two other BRT lines are moving forward to construction as well.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NV Boulder Highway Corridor RTC BRT 44 RTC
NV Sahara Express RTC BRT 41 RTC
NV Monorail Extension RTC Monorail 450 Las Vegas Monorail
NV Flamingo Road Corridor RTC BRT 140 RTC
NV Rancho BRT RTC BRT - RTC
NV Maryland Pkwy BRT RTC BRT 8 RTC

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Milwaukee Region

The Milwaukee region got a huge boost when Mayor Tom Barrett devised a plan to appropriate funding the FTA had given the region in the 1990s. Today, the 91.5 million is being divided between building a city streetcar and expanding commuter bus options in the region. However even with that win, transit has a tough road ahead. The current Governor turned down over 0 million in funding for passenger rail upgrades between Milwaukee and Madison and the State has also been reluctant to approve funding for a commuter line that would connect Milwaukee with Chicago via Kenosha. Given the governor’s focus on road construction, an unsupportive county and hostile politics towards transit in the state, the region needs a few wins to move forward.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
WI Streetcar Phase I Milwaukee Streetcar 64 MKE Streetcar
WI Streetcar Phase II Milwaukee Streetcar 32 MKE Streetcar
WI KRM (Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee Link) SRTA Commuter Rail 233 SEWRPC

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Austin Region

Austin recently opened its first commuter rail line and its working on rapid bus corridors in the region. A rail line for the central city is also planned but an election required to build it has been pushed back a year. Further expansion to the existing lines is planned but funding has not been programmed and development could be slow. Engineering on the center city rail line is moving forward and is likely to gain more momentum going into the bond election.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX Central City Urban Rail City of Austin Light Rail (LRT) 955 City of Austin
TX Manor Green Line Capital Metro Commuter Rail 327 Capital Metro
TX Mokan Corridor Capital Metro Commuter Rail

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Wasatch Front (Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo)

The Front Range has probably been the most successful transit expansion project outside of the Dallas region. The plan to build 70 miles in 7 years is under way and future plans for expansion are already starting to bubble through. Funding is in place for most of the expansion with a half cent sales tax passed in 2006 and fluctuating fuel surcharges for operating costs have kept the agency afloat while other agencies suffer from the economic downturn.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
UT Mid Jordan TRAX UTA Light Rail (LRT) 452 UTA
UT West Valley TRAX UTA Light Rail (LRT) 268 UTA
UT Airport TRAX UTA Light Rail (LRT) 250 UTA
UT Front Runner South UTA Commuter Rail - UTA
UT Draper TRAX UTA Light Rail (LRT) 530 UTA
UT Sugarhouse Trolley UTA Streetcar 137 UTA
UT Provo Orem BRT UTA BRT 150 UTA
UT Ogden Weber State Streetcar UTA Streetcar 180 UTA
UT South Davis Transit Study UTA Streetcar 400 UTA
UT Taylorsville Transitway UTA LRT/BRT 52 UTA
UT 5600 West BRT UTA BRT 300 UTA
UT Front Runner Ogden to Brigham City UTA Commuter Rail 330 UTA
UT Front Runner South to Payson UTA Commuter Rail 396 UTA
UT Downtown Streetcar Salt Lake City Streetcar 76 SLC
UT Redwood Road BRT UTA BRT 360 UTA
UT Weber County Washington Blvd UTA BRT 162 UTA
UT State Street BRT UTA BRT 300 UTA

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Raleigh Durham Triangle Region

The Triangle region was turned down by the FTA to fund a commuter line to connect the two regions. Given the polycentricity of the region, it’s probably harder to serve with fixed-guideway transit than others around the country but a plan has been circulating on how to build out such a system. An election is expected soon to give the Triangle a similar taxing authority to Charlotte and develop a regional transit network. However Wake County is wavering and indicates it might not participate.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NC Durham to Orange County Corridor Triangle Transit LRT/BRT 1100 Triangle Transit
NC Wake County Corridor Triangle Transit LRT/BRT 1100 Triangle Transit
NC Durham to Wake County Corridor Triangle Transit Commuter Rail 500 Triangle Transit

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Norfolk Region

The Norfolk region was flying high until recently when a book keeping scandal necessitated a pause in the extension an under construction light rail line from Norfolk to Virginia Beach. The right of way had been purchased but misrepresentation to FTA about costs might set the region back on its ambitious rapid transit plans. A new long range plan with a number of corridors and costs is expected in the coming months and will open up a discussion about funding.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
VA Virginia Beach Extension HRT LRT/BRT - HRT
VA Downtown to Norfolk Naval Station HRT Light Rail (LRT) - HRTPO
VA Newport News to Williamsburg HRT Commuter Rail - HRTPO
VA Newport News to University HRT Light Rail (LRT) - HRTPO
VA Harbor Park to Greenbrier HRT Light Rail (LRT) - HRTPO
VA Harbor Park to Portsmouth Loop HRT Streetcar - HRTPO

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Nashville Region

Nashville opened up its first commuter rail line to little fanfare and limited ridership. While it was done inexpensively, the line has come under fire for underperforming and operating on a limited schedule. However, the region is doing planning for a number of corridors radiating out from the central city and is doing multi-modal studies on them to see if transit is feasible. In December 2010, the FTA awarded Nashville a grant to perform an Alternatives Analysis on one corridor. Additionally, given the findings of a study by CEOs for Cities, Nashville is at the head of a conversation about how and why people spend more time in traffic and on the road than they should due to regional development patterns.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TN Northeast Corridor Nashville MPO LRT/BRT 1964 Nashville MPO
TN Broadway/West End Corridor Nashville MPO LRT/BRT - Nashville MPO

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Greensboro-Winston Salem Region

The Greensboro region in North Carolina consists of both Greensboro and Winston Salem. Both downtowns are looking at central city circulators and commuter rail that would connect them to the Triangle region. While many of the other regions around the country have a more defined center, this area consists of many smaller centers which makes transit more difficult to pursue.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NC Winston Salem Streetcar DWSP Streetcar 53 DWSP
NC NCR Commuter Corridor (State CR) NCRR Co Commuter Rail 1013 NCRR Co
NC Greensboro Streetcar PART Streetcar - PART NC

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Louisville Region

Recently the Louisville MPO took all of their transit lines out of the long range plan because there was limited funding to move forward. The local transit authority has maintained the transit lines in their long range plans, but with very limited funding, the region is focusing on a new bridge connection to downtown Louisville and increasing frequency on the most popular bus lines to 15 minute headways in the hopes that one day down the line these corridors might be upgraded to BRT.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
KY T2 Light Rail TARC Unknown - -
KY Downtown Circulator TARC Unknown 50 -
KY Anchorage to LaGrange TARC Unknown 1400 TARC
KY Bardstown Road TARC Unknown TARC
KY Clarksville-New Albany TARC Unknown TARC
KY Dixie Highway / Southwest TARC Unknown TARC
KY Frankfort - Shelbyville Avenue TARC Unknown TARC
KY South Central TARC Unknown TARC
KY Southeast TARC Unknown TARC

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Jacksonville Region

The Jacksonville region to date has experienced fixed-guideway transit in the downtown. The people mover circulates workers in the central city from the edges where parking lots mostly dominate. However recent discussions have shifted to promoting bus rapid transit networks and commuter rail. Seeing this as a lower cost approach, the region expects to start planning for a network.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL Downtown Phase I  JTA Rapid Bus 18 JTA
FL North Corridor JTA Rapid Bus - JTA
FL North Corridor JTA Commuter Rail 239 JTA
FL Southwest Corridor JTA Commuter Rail 195 JTA
FL Southeast Corridor JTA Commuter Rail 172 JTA
FL Southeast Corridor JTA BRT - JTA
FL Streetcar JTA Streetcar 65 JTA

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Grand Rapids Region

Thanks to the passage of a local ballot initiative in May of 2011, The Rapid is on track to build the first Bus Rapid Transit project (called the Silver Line) in the state of Michigan. Pending a project construction grant agreement from the FTA (expected in early 2012), the Silver Line is expected to start operating in 2014. The Silver Line will connect southwestern Kent County with the “Medical Mile” in downtown Grand Rapids. The Rapid has also conducted a feasibility study for a proposed downtown Grand Rapids streetcar line. The study will be revisited in the summer of 2012.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
MI Silver Line BRT The Rapid BRT 37 The Rapid
MI Streetcar The Rapid Streetcar 79 The Rapid

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Hartford Region

The Central Connecticut region has been struggling with building the Hartford New Britain Busway for a while. The project has undergone serious cost increases and has been sitting on the Final Design level at the federal transit administration for a while. There are several other BRT corridors in preliminary planning stages, but the ridership estimates were not encouraging and planners are waiting to see if the performance of the Hartford New Britain line will make the case for future transit investments in the region.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CT Hartford New Britain Busway ConnDOT BRT 573 FTA
CT Griffin Corridor Busway (Northwest Study) CRCOG BRT 170 CRCOG
CT Hartford East Busway CRCOG BRT 135 Official Website
CT New Haven-Hartford-Springfield  CRCOG Commuter Rail 350 CRCOG
CT Rocky Hill Busway CRCOG BRT 150 CRCOG

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Memphis Region

Memphis has a downtown streetcar circulation system but in the last decade has been looking to expand. Their first expansion went to a major medical center that moved right after the line was completed and another line to the airport has been in planning for a while but was just dropped because of funding issues. The funding issues revolve around the main fact that the city doesn’t have a dedicated revenue source for transit operations. And while they have a fairly smart program called centers and corridors, it is fairly safe to say that it will be a while before Memphis is ready for more expansion.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TN Downtown to Airport LRT (SE Corridor) MATA Light Rail (LRT) 404 MATA
TN South Corridor MATA CR/LRT - Memphis MPO
TN North Corridor MATA CR/LRT - Memphis MPO

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Oklahoma City Region

This region is the surprise region of 2010. Their plans for downtown and reconnecting with the waterfront are fascinating. A sales tax measure that was first passed in 1993 was renewed by voters in 2009 to include 0 million for a downtown streetcar. The City believes they can build the first phase of the line without federal funding if necessary, but do plan to seek assistance to extend the line up to 15 miles as they acquire more funding. The state legislature approved the creation of transportation authorities that have the ability to tax and find other revenue sources for the system. Recent musings by council members to redirect the money have opened up the debate again so it will be interesting to see what happens.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OK Downtown Streetcar Oklahoma City Streetcar 130 OK City
OK Northwest Expressway Metro Transit BRT 14 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK Reno Avenue Metro Transit BRT 14 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK SW 59th Metro Transit BRT 8 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK Meridian Avenue – Reno to Airport Metro Transit BRT 4 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK OU Stadium (Norman) to OKC Intermodal Metro Transit Commuter Rail 93 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK Edmond to OKC Intermodal Center  Metro Transit Commuter Rail 91 Fixed Guideway Plan
OK MWC to OKC Intermodal Center Metro Transit Commuter Rail 50 Fixed Guideway Plan

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Greenville Region

This region in South Carolina has corridors in planning but does not have a concrete regional transit plan.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
SC Highway 123/I-85 Corridor GPATS CR/BRT - GPATS
SC US 276 Corridor GPATS LRT/BRT - GPATS

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Richmond Region

Richmond is the birthplace of the electric streetcar and is currently looking into a number of different corridors including Broad Street. This line is most likely to be a bus rapid transit line but other corridors around the region could be light rail or commuter rail.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
VA Broad Street BRT Richmond MPO BRT 54 Richmond MPO
VA Broad Street Light Rail Richmond MPO Light Rail (LRT) 973 Richmond MPO
VA Midlothian Commuter Rail Richmond MPO Commuter Rail 80 Richmond MPO
VA Ashland (I-95) Commuter Rail Richmond MPO Commuter Rail 91 Richmond MPO
VA Airport Light Rail (RIC) Richmond MPO Light Rail (LRT) 395 Richmond MPO

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New Orleans Region

After Katrina, New Orleans has been rebuilding and thinking about transit expansion. Current plans call for expanding the streetcar network along three major corridors, connecting downtown to some of the closer neighborhoods. The Loyola/UPT line received a federal TIGER grant that will pay for the construction of the line, while the other two hope to obtain federal funding.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
LA Loyola/UPT Howard Streetcar RTA Streetcar 45 RTA
LA French Quarter/Press Street RTA Streetcar 85 RTA
LA Convention Center/Riverfront line RTA Streetcar 38 RTA
LA East-West Corridor (Airport/downtown) RTA Unknown 1500 RPC

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Birmingham Region

The Birmingham region is looking at bus rapid transit lines in major radial corridors and a circulator with a dedicated lane downtown. Previous plans to build a streetcar have stopped and the bus corridors are being planned in concert with freeway upgrades. It’s possible that these could be express buses instead of dedicated transitways but planning will continue. There have been rumblings recently by the mayor about asking the state to help fund light rail and bus projects.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
AL Southeast 280 Corridor B MPO BRT 83 B MPO
AL US 11 SW BRT Corridor B MPO BRT 140 B MPO
AL In Town Circulators ITP BRT 13 ITP Project

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Buffalo Region

While Buffalo has a number of plans on the books, local sources say that none of them are close to moving into the next stage of planning. Each of the corridors would be helpful in increasing the range of Buffalo’s existing light rail line, however extensions are dependent on funding which the region, like many others, is in search of for projects.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NY Amherst Corridor GBNRTC Light Rail (LRT) 450 GBNRTC
NY Buffalo Niagra Commuter Rail GBNRTC Commuter Rail 6 GBNRTC
NY Tonawanda Corridor GBNRTC Light Rail (LRT) 59 GBNRTC
NY Airport Corridor GBNRTC Light Rail (LRT) 585 GBNRTC

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Albany Region

Albany is planning a small bus rapid transit line but has not indicated further development of a rapid transit program.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NY NY5 BRT CDTC BRT 27 NY5

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Rochester Region

The city of Rochester is looking into developing a center city circulator but it is in the early stages of development. Regional plans suggest that further expansion is not on the books.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NY Center City Circulator Study Rochester Unknown 3 City of Rochester

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Dayton Region

The Dayton region is home to one of the few trolleybus systems in the country. Electric buses that run on wires traverse this area that prides itself on its unique clean transportation options. Plans exist to use existing infrastructure of the overhead wires combined with streetcar tracks to build a streetcar network that would connect major destinations downtown. Operational funding is keeping this from moving forward.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH Aviation Heritage Corridor Streetcar Dayton RTA Streetcar 60 MVRPC
OH Streetcar Starter Line Dayton RTA Streetcar 48 MVRPC

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Fresno Region

The Fresno region in the central valley of California is known for its agriculture and over the last few decades has grown exponentially. As the region has grown farmland has been reduced by housing and other construction. Additionally air quality is often poor. Fresno is looking at building a downtown streetcar and several bus rapid transit lines. The City of Fresno is currently conducting a Public Transportation Infrastructure Study to examine the feasibility of these projects and identify possible funding sources.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA Blackstone Avenue Corridor Fresno Rapid Bus 48 FAX
CA Streetcar Fresno Streetcar 123 Fresno County
CA Ventura Road/Kings Canyon Corridor Fresno Rapid Bus 32 Fresno County
CA Shaw Avenue Corridor Fresno Rapid Bus - Fresno County

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Knoxville Region

The region completed a Regional Transportation Alternatives Plan in the early 2000s that identified a new BRT line in Sevier County as a transit investment priority for the region. The plan also identified a desire for several intercity lines that would connect Knoxville to Nashville, Atlanta and Bristol. However, these plans have not been taken off the shelf since the initial report was published.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TN I-40 to Gatlinburg KAT BRT 53 Regional Transportation Alternatives

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Tucson Region

A vote in 2006 approved funding for transportation plans around the region including a downtown streetcar circulator that would connect a major redevelopment project to downtown and the University of Arizona. Once completed, the network based on this initial line will act as expansions. While there are many that question the necessity for a streetcar, there is much support as well. The greatest support came from the federal government who gave Tucson a number of grants to complete the work. However it’s possible that the amount of support received for the first corridor will be hard to come by in the future. Plans for future expansions are robust, but they require more spending.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
AZ Streetcar RTA Streetcar 183 RTA
AZ Broadway Boulevard BRT/LRT RTA BRT 29 RTA
AZ 6th Avenue/Nogales Highway Rapid Bus/Streetcar RTA Streetcar 518 RTA

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Tulsa region

The city recently adopted a Downtown Master Plan that calls for a new streetcar line and a commuter rail spur that will eventually out into the suburbs. This plan does not identify costs or funding sources, however. The transit agency (Tulsa Transit) and MPO (INCOG) have also looked at several major corridors for either bus rapid transit or commuter rail but nothing has moved beyond the preliminary feasibility study stage.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OK Boulder Corridor Trolley City of Tulsa Streetcar - City of Tulsa
OK Broken Arrow Commuter Rail or BRT Tulsa Transit CR/BRT 49 Tulsa Transit
OK Jenks/Bixby Corridor Tulsa Transit Unknown - INCOG
OK Owasso Corridor Tulsa Transit Unknown - INCOG
OK Sand Springs Corridor Tulsa Transit Unknown - INCOG
OK Sapulpa Corridor Tulsa Transit Unknown - INCOG

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Honolulu Region

Honolulu is moving forward with its first rapid transit project after a local tax was put in place to fund it. As one of the densest cities in the country, Honolulu is well suited for the improvements though until the final construction is done, opposition in the state will try to stop the train. The rapid transit project is the first core segment for a future system that will connect redevelopment areas with downtown Honolulu.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
HI Honolulu Rapid Transit Project Honolulu Heavy Rail 5348 FTA

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Omaha Region

The region lays out a new transit network in their 2035 long range transportation plan, including a downtown streetcar, a commuter rail line and several BRT corridors. Though all of these projects are in the early planning stages, FTA recently awarded Omaha a 0,000 planning grant to begin the alternatives analysis for the streetcar, which would align with the “Omaha by Design” initiative to make the city a more sustainable place.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NE Streetcar Metro Streetcar - MAPA LRTP
NE Commuter/Light Rail Metro CR/LRT - MAPA LRTP
NE E/W Dodge Street Metro BRT - MAPA LRTP
NE E/W Center Street/ Saddle Creek/Northwest Radial Highway/Maple Street Metro BRT - MAPA LRTP
NE N/S 24th/30th Streets Metro BRT - MAPA LRTP
NE N/S 72nd Street Metro BRT -
NE Proposed Trolley Metro Streetcar - Omaha Master Plan

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Little Rock Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
AR I-630 Corridor/Chenal Corridor Metroplan Light Rail (LRT) 263 Metroplan
AR Conway Corridor Metroplan Commuter Rail 310 Metroplan
AR Cabot Corridor Metroplan Light Rail (LRT) 600 Metroplan
AR Benton Corridor Metroplan BRT 240 Metroplan
AR River Rail Extensions Metroplan Streetcar 120 Metroplan

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Albuquerque Region

The region in the last few years just opened a commuter rail line that runs from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and began focusing on a downtown streetcar circulator to connect major destinations. However opposition to the project stalled funding and it has been on hold ever since. It seems unlikely that the project will pick up again soon though bus rapid transit appears to be moving forward in one corridor, with plans for other BRT lines being studies by the local transit agency, NM Rail Runner and the MPO (MRCOG)
State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NM Streetcar City of Abq Streetcar 430 Mid Region COG
NM NW Mesa to I-25 Corridor NM Rail Runner BRT - NM Rail Runner

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Sarasota Region

South of Tampa, this region is linked into the greater Tampa region as well. Planning for bus rapid transit lines has been taking place and the North South Corridor is in engineering and seeking small starts funding.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL North South Corridor BRT Sarasota MPO BRT 69 Sarasota MPO

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Allentown PA

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
PA None - Unknown - Lehigh Valley MPO

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Baton Rouge

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LA None - Unknown - CRPC

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Bakersfield CA

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CA None - Unknown - KernCog

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Columbia MO

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MO None - Unknown - CATSO

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El Paso Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX Mesa Corridor Rapid Bus City of El Paso Rapid Bus 27 City of El Paso

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McAllen Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
TX None (LRT Idea out there) - Unknown - Hidalgo Co CRD

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Toledo Ohio

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH Downtown Circulator TMACOG Streetcar 77 TMACOG

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Syracuse Ohio

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NY None - Unknown - SMTCMPO

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Springfield Ohio

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MO None - Unknown - OTO

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Chattanooga Ohio

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TN None - Unknown - Chattanooga MPO

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Lexington Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
KY Future Dedicated Lane Bus - Unknown - Lex MPO

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Stockton Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CA Rapid Bus Project Phases SJCOG BRT 100 SJCOG
CA Byron Highway Commuter Rail SJCOG Commuter Rail 100 SJCOG
CA Central Valley Rail Service SJCOG Commuter Rail 54 SJCOG
CA ACE Extension SJCOG Commuter Rail 35 SJCOG

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Youngstown Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
OH None - Unknown Eastgate COG

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Harrisburg Region

Harrisburg has been planning the CorridorONE project for many years and recently has had it renamed to the Red Rose Corriodor. The line would reach all the way to Philadelphia and be a main transportation corridor into western parts of Pennsylvania. While the Red Rose Corridor has funding in place for construction, concerns arise over operations. Five corridors are planned for the region but no money has been found for their construction at this time.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
PA Capital Red Rose Corridor (Corridor One) TCRPC Commuter Rail 585 TCRPC
PA Corridor Two TCRPC Commuter Rail 301 TCRPC
PA Corridor 3,4,5 TCRPC Commuter Rail 5459 TCRPC

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Charleston Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
WV None (Streetcar Exp, BRT Future) - Unknown BCDCOG

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Wichita Region

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KS None - Unknown   WAMPOKS

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Des Moines Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
IA None (Rapid Bus, Streetcar Plan) DART Streetcar 122 DMAMPO

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Madison Region

After a number of years promoting streetcars the region is going to move more towards regional light or commuter rail. This decision was made after pushback from the community over Mayor Dave’s streetcar plan and tensions between the county executive’s plans for a regional rail line and the streetcar plan clashed. Funding for the project is hoped to come from a new Regional Transit Agency and federal funding. The process is far along and prospects for a successful election are good, however anti-transit sentiment in the state is currently strong. A passenger line between Milwaukee and Madison was just cancelled.

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
WI 2020 Commuter Project Transport 2020 Commuter Rail 255 Transport 2020

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Colorado Springs Region

Plans for a streetcar network are in the works and could cross the majority of the city. Funding is still needed as is planning for the network in this city. Understandably the region will have to figure out a way to fund the network before they move forward.
State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
CO Streetcar Central Core Phase 1 Colorado Springs Streetcar 144 Colorado Springs
CO North Extension Colorado Springs Streetcar 73 Colorado Springs
CO East Extension Colorado Springs Streetcar 122 Colorado Springs
CO South Extension Colorado Springs Streetcar 224 Colorado Springs
CO West Extension Colorado Springs Streetcar 161 Colorado Springs

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Portland Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
ME None (Future Rail, Rapid Bus) - Unknown - PACTSPLAN

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Fort Wayne Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
IN None (Streetcar Discussion) - Unknown - NIRCC

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Boise Region

Boise's plans for streetcar have been moving forward but recently have stalled due to the lack of ability to raise money through a sales tax vote. The state government has not passed a bill for it and lawmakers are standing firm on that. Until a stable funding source is found, the streetcar is likely to wait for approvals.
State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
ID East West Loop CCDC Streetcar 42 CCDC
ID North South Connection CCDC Streetcar 60

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Mobile Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
AL None - Unknown - Mobile MPO

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Fort Myers Region

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FL  Planning 4 Rapid Bus Corridors - Rapid Bus - SWFLMPO

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Lakeland Region

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FL None - Unknown - TBARTA

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Jackson-Yazoo City Region

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MS None - Unknown - CMPDD

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South Bend Region

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IN None - Unknown - MACOG

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Huntsville Region

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AL None - Unknown - HSVCITY

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Provo Orem Region

UT See Salt Lake

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Scranton–Wilkes-Barre Region

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PA None - Unknown - Luzerne Co

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Lafayette Region

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LA None - Unknown - Lafayette MPO

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Port St. Lucie Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
FL None - Unknown - St. Lucie TPO

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Augusta Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
GA  Streetcar idea out there - Streetcar - City of Augusta

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Palm Bay Region

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FL None - Unknown - Space Coast TPO

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York Region

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PA None - Unknown - YAMPO

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Lansing Region

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MI None - Unknown - Tri-County MPO

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Modesto Region

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CA None - Unknown - Stan COG  

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Lancaster Region

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
PA Streetcar City of Lancaster Streetcar 23 City of Lancaster

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Johnson City Region

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TN None - Unknown - JCMPO

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Notable Regions Under 500k

State Project Name Agency Transit Technology Cost* ($millions) Information Source Link
NV Reno Streetcar via BRT Downtown Reno Streetcar 151 City of Reno
CA Salinas Commuter Rail TAMC Commuter Rail 110 TAMC
OR West Eugene EMX 13th Ave Alt Lane Transit BRT 95 Lane Transit
CO Fort Collins Bus Rapid Transit MTC BRT 82 FTA
CO Aspen, Glenwood Springs Bus Rapid Transit RFTA BRT 39 FTA

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The projects in the original report were those on the books as of December 2010. The costs and details for projects likely have changed and projects may have been removed or added since 2010. If you know of changes or updates to this data, use this form.