Status of North American
Light Rail Projects

Updated October 23, 2002


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Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Buffalo, NY
Calgary, AB
Camden, NJ
Charlotte, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Dubuque, IA
Edmonton, AB
Grand Canyon, AZ
Greenville, SC
Hampton Roads, VA
Hartford, CT
Houston, TX
Hudson-Bergen, NJ
Indianapolis, IN
Kansas City, MO
Kenosha, WI
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
New Orleans, LA
Norfolk, VA
Oakland, CA
Oceanside-Escondido, CA
Orange County, CA
Orlando, FL
Ottawa, ON
Pasadena, CA
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, OR
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Sacramento, CA
Saint Louis, MO
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA
Tacoma, WA
Tampa, FL
Tucson, AZ
Toronto, Canada
Union County, NJ
Washington, DC
Waterloo, ON



Atlanta, GA

ProjectName:
Cobb County LRT
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering/Design
Distance:
24.5 miles
Number of Stations:
18
Expected Ridership:
70,000/day
Project Details:
None Available

Austin, TX

Project Name:
Proposed System
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering - Environmental Impact Study
Distance
Original proposal included 52 miles (See Map HERE)
Current Status
Funding ballot FAILED, November 7, 2000. Capitol Metro is still exploring the possibility of a smaller system than was voted on in November, 2000. No decision has been made to date.

Baltimore, MD

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$17.7 million per mile
Opening Date
1992
Distance
22.5 miles
Cost:
$400 Million
Ridership:
30,000 per day

Baltimore, MD

Project Name:
BWI/Penn Station Extension
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$14.1 million per mile
Opening Date
1997
Distance
7.5 miles
Cost:
$106 Million

Birmingham, AL

Current Project Status:
Major Investment Study in Progress

Boston, MA

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Comments:
Boston runs double sets (occasionally triples) of Boeings (1976) and Kinkis (1986, 1997). These are not matched together, however. Boston is planning on running coupled sets of Kinkis and Bredas (2000), when the Bredas are operational.

Buffalo, NY

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$102.6 million per mile (Underground Construction)
Distance
6.2 miles
Number of Stations
15
Ridership:
27,000 per day
Web Link:
http://www.nfta.com/

Calgary, AB

Project Name:
Anderson-146th Ave South Extension
Project Status:
Under Final Construction
Expected Opening Date:
October, 2001
Number of Stations:
2 (Canyon Meadows & Fish Creek/Lacombe)
Cost:
$80.1 million CDN
Project/Routing/Funding Details:
See Calgary Transportation Project Website
Note:
Includes purchase of 11 SD-160 LRVs.

Calgary, AB

Project Name:
Brentwood-53th Ave NW Extension
Project Status:
Final Design
Planned Start Date:
2001
Expected Opening Date:
2003
Number of Stations:
1 (East of 53 Street along Crowchild Trail)
Cost:
$101.3 million CDN
Project/Routing/Funding Details:
See Calgary Transportation Project Website

Calgary, AB

Project Name:
146th Ave South to 162 Ave. Extension
Project Status:
Design/Review
Planned Start Date:
2002
Expected Opening Date:
2003
Cost:
$45.3 million CDN
Project/Routing/Funding Details:
See Calgary Transportation Project Website.

Calgary, AB

Project Name:
Whitehorn - Prairie Winds Park Extension
Project Status:
Design
Expected Start Date:
2003
Expected Opening Date:
2006
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost:
$90.4 million CDN
Project/Routing/Funding Details:
See Calgary Transportation Project Website.

Camden, NJ

Project Name:
Southern New Jersey Light Rail System
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$18 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
2003
Distance:
34 miles
Number of Stations:
20
Cost:
$604 million
Project Details:
DBOM project by The Southern New Jersey Light Rail Group, a consortium led by Bechtel Corp. of California and Adtranz, a German transportation company.
Routing:
The alignment runs from the Camden aquarium up the former Conrail/PC/PRR/Camden & Amboy tracks along the Delaware River to Bordentown and then over the Bordentown Secondary to a terminus in the vicinity of the Trenton Clinton St. train station.  There is discussion of extending it to the State Capitol through the "Commons" shopping district.
Funding Details:
Design, Build, Operate and Maintain Project
Note:
This project is NOT planned to be electrified and will operate as a DLRT system.

Charlotte, NC

ProjectName:
South Corridor
Current Project Status:
Design. Preliminary Engineering - Environmental Impact Study
Construction Start Date:
Construction COULD begin by mid-2003
Cost/Mile:
$30.4 million per mile
Distance:
11.5 miles (from uptown to Pineville area)
Opening Date:
To Tyvola Road by 2005 - to Pineville in 2006
Number of Stations:
19 (possible) locations - TBD by meetings in March 2001
Expected Cost:
$350 million
Expected Ridership
15,000 daily by 2025
Project Details:
South Corridor from Downtown Charlotte to the Mecklenburg County border. Currently, a historical trolley operates on a portion of the corridor. Trains would share city-owned track with Charlotte Trolley, between Tremont Avenue and 9th Street. Runs on track expected to be bought from Norfolk Southern between Tremont and Scaleybark Road, and on new track built next to Norfolk Southern freight line from Scaleybark to Pineville area. It is NOT expected that shared trackage would be offered or agreed to by Norfolk Sothern. Includes 20-24 LRVs (not including spares). System expected to be built with 3 car platforms, yet will initially run w/2 car consists. System is proposed to be double tracked along an existing rail corridor that will parallel South Boulevard. With the exception of a bridge over I-485 and one or two overpasses at Tyvola and potentially Woodlawn, the construction will be entirely at-grade.
Funding Details:
Financing: FTA has supplied $10M initially; $7 Million in 2002. Total costs are expected to be funded by 50% federal, 25% state, 25% from 1/2 cent mass transit sales tax. Local Charlotte-Mecklenburg share comes from half-cent transit tax. Operating costs are estimated at $13.6 million/year.
Note:
Ground was broken in early 2001 for a bridge that will be needed to accomodate the LRT Line.

Cincinnati, OH

Project Name:
Downtown to Blue Ash (See Note below)
Current Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Construction dates:
Construction could start 2002; Completion by 2008
Cost/Mile:
$36-42 million per mile
Distance:
19
Number of Stations:
20
Cost:
$700 - $800 million (See Below)
Project Details:
Planned to run from 12th Street in Covington to Pfeiffer Road in Blue Ash.
Website:
http://www.pro-transit.com/

Project Name:
I-71 LRT
Project Status:
Design - Seeking local funding
Cost/Mile:
$30 million per mile
Distance:
43 miles
Construction dates:
Completion by 2008
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost:
$1.2 billion
Project Details:
I-71 corridor between Florence and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Paramount's King's Island near Mason.
Funding Details:
Cincinnati area voters could be asked in 2001 to help pay for the first phase of the system as described above.
News
http://enquirer.com/editions/1999/09/20/loc_development_rides.html

Cleveland, OH

Project Name:
Lake Erie Loop
Cost/Mile:
$32 million per mile
Distance:
2.2 miles
Cost:
$69 million
Project Details:
Lake Erie between the Flats entertainment district and other lakefront attractions that opened in 1996 now is planned to extend south into the downtown area.

ProjectName:
Blue Line Extension to the East
Project Status:
Major Investment Study

Columbus, OH

ProjectName:
North LRT Project
Project Status:
Design
Cost/Mile:
$25 million per mile
Distance:
13 miles

Dallas, TX

Project Name:
Existing system
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$43 million per mile
Opening Date:
June, 1996
Distance:
20 miles (2 lines - See Project Details)
Number of Stations:
21
Cost:
$860 million
Ridership:
38,000/day
Project Details:
Red line runs north and southwest from downtown.
Blue line runs south from downtown.
Funding Details:
Federal: 20%; Local: 80% (1 cent sales tax in Dallas, Irving, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Rowlett, Richardson, Addison, Garland, Plano, Highland Park, University Park, Cockrell Hill and Glenn Heights)
Ridership:
41,000 per day

ProjectName:
Richardson to Plano
Project Status:
Construction
Expected Opening:
December 2003
Distance:
12.5 miles
Number of Stations:
Nine
Notes
Foreseen to be able to open six months ahead of schedule in December 2002.

See Dallas Map and System Detail Page for information on other extensions


Denver, CO

Project Name:
Central Corridor Extension (Existing System)
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$21 million per mile
Distance:
5.5 miles
Number of Stations:
15
Cost:
$118 million (1995 dollars)
Project Overview:
30th & Downing to I-25 & Broadway

Project Name:
Southwest Corridor Extension
Project Status:
Existing System
Cost/Mile:
$21.5 million per mile
Date Opened:
July 14, 2000
Distance:
8.7 miles
Number of Stations:
6
Cost:
$178 million (1995 dollars)
Ridership:
32,000/day

Project Name:
Platte Valley Corridor Extension
Project Status:
OPerational
Cost/Mile:
$24 million per mile
Opening Date:
April 5, 2002
Distance:
1.8 miles
Number of Stations:
4
Cost:
$43 million (1999 dollars)
Web Link
http://www.rtd-denver.com/Projects/CPV_Lightrail/flash_index.html
Project Details
A connection from the Auraria Campus to Union Station with stops at Invesco Field, the Pepsi Center, Six Flags/Elitch Gardens and the Auraria Campus. This new line will be named the "C" line. The current Light Rail line will be named the D line. The junction of the two lines is right next to and partically under the Colfax Street bridge and its a double track wye. There is a large glass "shed" at Union Station were the line ends. Most of all of the downtown trains will then go to Union Station.

Project Name:
Southeast Corridor Extension Aka "T-REX"
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$44 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
2006
Distance:
19.2 miles
Number of Stations:
13
Cost
$874 million
Expected Ridership:
38,000 weekday ridership (12,900 new riders)
Web Link:
http://www.trexproject.com/
Project Details
From I-25/Broadway south along I-25 to Lincoln Avenue in Douglas County, with a light rail spur along I-225 from I-25 to Parker Road. Highway widening is included in this project.

Project Name:
West Corridor
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering - Environmental Impact Study
Web Link:
http://www.rtdwestcorridor.com/rtd/

Detroit, MI

Project:
(Proposed System)
Project Status:
Design - Seeking Local funding
Cost/Mile:
$56 million per mile
Distance:
8.8 miles
Number of Stations:
22
Cost:
$494 million
Project Overview:
Replacement of original main street streetcar which was dismantled in the 1950's
Project Details:
Project will be all be above ground on existing streets. Study found that either Bus Rapid Transit or LRT was needed on the corridor. Still need one more study and Local dedicated funding for transit before a proposal is sent to the Federal level for consideration.

Dubuque, Iowa

Project Status:
Under Study
Notes:
$200,000 from FTA for a feasibility study in Downtown

Edmonton, AB

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$26.4 million (US) per mile
Distance:
4.5 miles
Number of Stations:
5 (Belvedere, Coliseum, Stadium, Churchill & Central)
Cost:
$60 million CDN - 1974 dollars
Project Details:
Of the 4.5 miles, approx. 1.2 miles is underground

Project Name:
Claireview Extension
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$7.6 million (CDN) per mile
Distance:
1.3 miles
Number of Stations:
1 (Clareview)
Cost:
$10 million CDN - 1981 dollars
Project Overview:
See Project Details
Project Details:
All right of way is above ground. Project also included a LRT storage repair facility. Cars were previously stored on a siding near the Coliseum station.

Project Name:
Edmonton South LRT
Website for Information:
Edmonton SLRT
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering/Design Review
Cost/Mile:
$64.5 million (CDN) per mile (Underground Construction)
Expected Opening Date:
2007 (Construction in 2003)
Distance:
6.2 miles
Cost:
$400 million
Project Overview:

Project Details:
Includes 25 new cars & 1.8 miles underground from University Station

Greenville, SC

Project Status:
Under Consideration

Grand Canyon, AZ

Project Name:
Grand Canyon North Rim
Project Status:
Under Review by Parks Dept.
Cost/Mile:
26 million per mile
Distance:
6 miles
Cost:
$600 - $160 million (See Note below)
Project Details:

Funding Details:
To be 100% funded by the Federal Government
Note:
Includes rolling stock and DBOM Operation. Travel time one-way to be 8 1/2 minutes. Project in extreme jeopardy due to review by Senator Kyl's call for review.

Chesapeake/Virginia City, VA

Project Name:
Hampton Roads
Project Status:
Major Investment Study

Hartford, CT

Project Status:
Preliminary Analysis
Note:
Northwest Hartford - Griffin Line appears to be dead. For the last 2-3 years, the area has been talking BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), planning to use an abandoned rail line to the east of Hartford.

Houston, TX

Project Status:
Construction
Cost/Mile:
$37 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
2004
Distance:
7.5 miles
Number of Stations:
16
Cost:
$272 million
Project Details:
Downtown to the Houston Astrodome. Includes LRT storage & repair yard. Maximum consists will be two car trains.
Companies involved:
Siemens Transportation Systems (USA) will be supplying the LRVs and TES for $118 million. Tracks and Passenger Stations will be built by three contractors for approx. $115 million. Their shares are reported to be as follows: Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston, $65 million; Beers Construction Co. of Atlanta, $36 million; and Bencon Management of Houston, $13 million.
Notes:
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Tuesday, March 13, 2001. In 2002, $10 million for a study into expansion of the corridor.

Hudson-Bergen, NJ

ProjectName:
Hudson-Bergen LRT
Project Status:
Existing System
Ridership:
15,049/weekday

Indianapolis, IN

ProjectName:
Northeastside Rail Project
Project Status:
Proposal scheduled for an FTA decision by April 2001
Cost:
$498 Million
Expected Opening Date:
Not until at least 2005
Project Details:
Initial proposal involved a plan to run from Downtown across the Northeastside into Hamilton County. However, plans now indicate that the proposal may not be built at all without routing the system from the Airport to Downtown first on the initial build.

Kansas City, MO

Project Name:
Start-up
Project Status:
Pending Voter approval (not seeming likely
Cost/Mile:
$33 million per mile
Distance:
23.8 miles
Cost:
$793 Million
Project Details:
Kansas City International Airport to Waldo with an east-west spur from Bruce R. Watkins Drive to the Plaza.
Funding Details:
August 2001 Tax vote failed. Next tax initiative date not set.

Kenosha, WI

Project Name:
Heritage Trolley System.
Project Status:
Not Operational due to Budget Cuts
Cost/Mile:
$2.25 million per mile
Opening Date:
Spring 2000
Distance:
2 miles
Cost:
$4.5 million
Project Details:
The initial loop is two track miles and includes a six position shop building and and six ex-Toronto PCC cars, five of which were rebuilt only five years ago. The line construction includes new 115 pound rail on concrete ties, with all new overhead and substation.
Note:
This system is NOT a Light Rail system as defined by the lightrail.com, but is included for cost-comparison purposes only.

Los Angeles, CA

Project Name:
Green Line
Project Status:
Existing System
Cost/Mile:
$35.6 million per mile
Distance:
20 miles
Number of Stations:
14
Cost:
$712 million
Ridership:
30,000/day
Details
Built as a driverless system using the highest technology at the time, including track intrusion alarms. Unable to enacted as driverless due to public sentiment.

Project Name:
Green Line Extension to LAX Airport
Current Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Cost:
$800 million (initial estimates due to elevated structure work)

Project Name:
Blue Line
Project Status:
Existing System
Number of Stations:
22
Average Ridership:
66,000/weekday

Project Name:
Pasadena Gold Line
Project Status:
Under Construction by the Pasadena Blue Line Construction Authority
Opening Date:
July 2003
Cost/Mile:
$39.3 million per mile
Distance:
13.7
Number of Stations:
13 See Website
Average Ridership:
66,000/day
Cost:
$684 Million (estimated)
Details
Although, proported to be an "extension of existing LA Blue Line to Pasadena", this LRT line will NOT actually connect with the Blue Line, as additional tunneling through downtown Los Angeles would be required. Passengers will be required to use the Red Line (heavy rail) to get between 7th/Flower (northern terminus of the current Blue Line) and Union Station (southern terminus of the Pasadena Line).
Website
Los Angeles to Pasadena Construction Authority

ProjectName:
Eastside Light Rail Project
Project Status:
Design
Cost/Mile:
$126 million per mile
Opening Date:
2006
Distance:
6 miles
Cost or Expected Cost:
$760 Million
Project Details:
East from Union Station including a couple of miles of tunnel
News Article
http://www.lightrail.com/news/news02-03-01-1.htm
ProjectName:
Eastside Light Rail Project
Current Project Status:
Engineering
Opening Date:
2006
Distance:
13.7 miles
Project Details:
East from Union Station including a couple of miles of tunnel
News Article
http://www.lightrail.com/news/news02-03-01-1.htm

Project Name:
Expo Rail
Project Status:
Study
Project Details:
From Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. See www.friends4expo.org.
Project Update:
$7.5 Million from FTA in 2002.

Louisville, KY

Project Name:
Design
Current Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Expected Date(s):
2007 (Construction could begin in 2003)
Distance:
13 miles
Number of Stations:
15 (Number approx.)
Details:
New line would operate in the I-65 corridor from Downtown to the airport and the southern suburbs. Map available @ Louisville Map Page.
Funding Details:
Louisville's Transit Authority of River City has approved the line. Final approval awaits other local approvals and financing.

Memphis, TN

Current Project Status:
Feasibility Study
Cost or Expected Cost:
$74.6M
Project Details:
The exact route the rail system will take has yet to be decided, but four routes are being considered.
  • Under Alternative 1, modern commuter trains will run from the end of the trolley line at Madison and Cleveland, travel down Madison, turn south on Cooper, east on Young, and south again on Airways. This plan not only connects downtown to the airport but also provides easy access to the shops and restaurants of Overton Square and Cooper-Young. There is some concern about the narrowness of Young Avenue, which has yet to be addressed.
  • Alternative 2A also originates from the Madison Avenue trolley line. This route turns south on Pauline then follows Lamar to Airways.
  • Alternative 2B connects from the Main Street trolley at Vance then picks up on a stretch of the BNSF Railroad behind The Commercial Appeal building and follows this rail route to Airways.
  • Alternative 3 connects to the Madison line at I-240 and follows the interstate to Airways then links to an unused underground tunnel at the airport. The tunnel was created to house a people-mover that was never installed. Though any route may ultimately connect to this tunnel, it has only been mocked up as part of Alternative 3.
  • Alternative 3 will certainly be the fastest route since the commuter trains will travel no faster than the regular speed limit on any given route, but it is also projected to be the most expensive.
  • Of course, at a projected $20 million to $40 million per mile none of the alternatives is cheap.
Funding Details:
Financing to extend trolley service from downtown to the Medical Center area has been committed by FTA.

Miami, Florida

Project Name:
Bay Link
Project Status:
Use ONE of the following: Study
Cost or Expected Cost:
$303-380 Million
Project Details:
Miami to Miami Beach. Each option includes use of the MacArthur Causeway as the link across Biscayne Bay but different entry points into, and routes through, the two cities. The Miami Beach options include various routes through South Beach, the commercial district and the Miami Beach Convention Center area. While the proposed routes are grouped under three options, officials say any could be interchanged.
Funding Details:
Official Endorsement expected by Mid-Summer 2002. Possible funding sources for the link, transportation systems, routes, construction costs, operating expenses and social, economic and environmental impacts are being studied, Mr. Foutz said. These would likely include include 50% from federal funds, 25% from the state and 25% in local funds.
According to Metropolitan Planning Organization Officials, money for this project, by policy, requires a 50% local match with state and federal funds.

Milwaukee, WI

Project Status:
Preliminary Analysis

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Project Name:
Hiawatha Line
Project Status:
Under Construction
Opening Date (Partial Service):
Fall 2004
Full Service:
TBD
Cost/Mile:
$48 million per mile
Distance:
11.6 miles
Number of Stations:
17
Cost:
$548.6 Million
Details:
The line travels from the Warehouse District in downtown Mpls south to the Mall of America. There are two tunnels on the project: one at Minnehaha Park and a 1.4 mile long tunnel under the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
Website
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/lrt/

ProjectName:
Central Corridor
Project Status:
Under Consideration
Project Details:
Two LRT options are being considered for alignment along either University or I-94. Additional alignment considerations are the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe tracks that run north of University or the Canadian Pacific tracks that run south of I-94.
Website
Central Corridor

New Orleans, LA

Project Status:
Under Study
Funding Details:
$7 million for a study of a proposed light rail system between Louis Armstrong International Airport and downtown New Orleans.

Norfolk, VA

Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering - Environmental Impact Study
Cost/Mile:
$28 million per mile
Distance:
8 miles
Expected Cost:
$222 million
Ridership or Expected Ridership:
10,000/day
Project Details:
After being rebuffed by Virginia Beach voters, City of Norfolk and transit officials appear to be headed to building an eight mile "starter line.
Website
http://www.hrtransit.com/projects.html

Oakland, CA

ProjectName:
Berkeley-Oakland-San Leandro
Project Status:
Major Investment Study
Distance:
8 miles
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost or Expected Cost:
$320 Million
Project Details:
Berkeley - Oakland - San Leandro

Oceanside-Escondido, CA

ProjectName:
Oceanside-Escondido Rail Project
Project Status:
Final Design
Cost/Mile:
$14 Million per mile
Distance:
23.7 miles
Number of Stations:
15
Cost or Expected Cost:
$333 Million
Ridership or Expected Ridership:
12,00/day
Project Details:
See Website
Funding Details:
See Website

Orange County, CA

ProjectName:
Centerline LRT Project
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering/Environmental Analysis
Staus by Date:
Final Engineering 2004-2007
Cost/Mile:
$70-80 million per mile
Distance:
18 miles (85% elevated 15% at grade)
Number of Stations:
22
Project Details:
The system would have 11 peak hour trains with a fleet of 24 light rail cars operating at a peak hour frequency of one train every 10 minutes. See OCTA Website for further details.
Funding Details:
Funding is expected to come from a mix of federal, state and local funds. Half of the cost will come from a federal New Starts grant. About a quarter will come from air quality programs, called CMAQ funds, that cannot be used for freeway or roadway construction. Measure M, the half-cent, voter-approved tax for transportation improvements and Proposition 116 funds kicked in by the City of Irvine account for about 15 percent of the capital cost. Only 10 percent of the total capital cost will come from the State Transportation Improvement Program, or the STIP, typically reserved for larger freeway projects.
Note:
There is now, a consensus to proceed from the councils of the SIX cities through which the system will pass. Previously, (March 2001), the project was on hold, due to opposition from several jurisdictions.

Orlando, FL

Project Name:
TBD
Project Status:
Project was killed in 1999
Details:
Connects downtown Orlando with a tourist resort area to the south.

Ottawa, ON

ProjectName:
Ottawa-Carleton
Project Status:
Current System
Opening Date:
October 15, 2001
Cost/Mile:
$5.2 Million (CDN) per mile
Distance:
5 miles
Number of Stations:
5
Cost:
$30 Million - CDN
Ridership or Expected Ridership:
6,400 daily
Project Details:
Light rail uses an existing Canadian Pacific rail line that runs from Greenboro Transitway Station in the south to LeBreton Flats in the north where a new Transitway Station "Bayview" will be constructed. LRT enhances service to Carling Avenue, Confederation Heights and Carleton University. Headways are 20 minutes Monday - Saturday, 40 minutes on Sundays.
Funding Details:
City of Ottwawa is reposnisble for the total cost of the project
Website:
http://www.octranspo.com

Philadelphia, PA

ProjectName:
Girard Avenue Light Rail Project
Project Status:
Under Construction
Expected Opening Date:
2002
Project Details:
SEPTA's Girard Avenue Light Rail Project will restore light rail service to Girard Avenue along Route 15 from Port Richmond in the east to Overbrook in the west.

Phoenix/Tempe, AZ

Project Name:
Central Phoenix/East Valley Light Rail Project
Current Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Cost/Mile:
$54.4 million per mile
Construction Start Date:
Mid-2003
Planned Opening Date:
"Late 2006"
Planned Construction Start Date:
2003
Distance:
Total 20.3 miles
Number of Stations:
24 (4 more under consideration)
Cost:
$1.06 Billion
Funding Details:
Local funding approved by sales tax vote
Details:
Click Here for Map and Details
Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa
Notes
The City of Glendale, AZ approved a 'Transit Tax' proposal in November 2001, which will include expanded bus transit service and 2-5 miles of LRT that will connect to the CP-EV Light Rail line at Christown Mall by 2010.

Pittsburgh, PA

Project Name:
Overbrook Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Distance:
5.5 miles

Project Name:
Gateway Extension
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Distance:
5.5 miles
Number of Stations:
5
Project Details:
The Gateway alignment will extend the "T" from the Gateway Subway Station underneath Stanwix Street and the Allegheny River, emerge from a subway to an at-grade alignment just west of PNC Park, continue west past the new Steelers Stadium, rise to an elevated alignment over Allegheny Avenue, continue west to a proposed Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) and descend to an at-grade alignment which terminates near the West End Bridge. The Gateway alignment also includes a line connecting the Steel Plaza Station with a new station serving the Convention Center, Liberty Center, Greyhound Terminal and Amtrak Station. The North Shore Connector will include five new "T" stations: the Convention Center station; a new inbound Gateway Subway Station with an entrance on Stanwix Street directly adjacent to Fifth Avenue Place; a subway station just west of PNC Park; an at-grade station at Steeler Way; and a station in the proposed ITC.

Project Name:
First Avenue Station
Project Status:
Under Construction
Expected Opening:
Spring 2001
Number of Stations:
One
Cost or Expected Cost:
$6.3 Million
Project Details:
1,200 public parking space structure being built adjacent to the station. In addition, 1,200 feet of trackage will be re-aligned, OCS re-strung, and signalization installed.
Funding Details:
Partnership between Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Parking Authority and Port Authority.

Portland, OR

Project Name:
Eastside MAX (Original Alignment)
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$14.2 million per mile
Date Open:
September 5, 1986
Distance:
15 miles
Number of Stations:
50 (including Westside MAX Stations)
Cost:
$214 million
Details:
Downtown Portland to Gresham
Ridership:
83,000/weekday (All Lines combined)
Note:
Check the Tri-Met Web page.

Project Name:
Westside MAX (Existing System)
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$53.5 million per mile
Date Open:
September 12, 1998
Distance:
18 miles
Number of Stations:
50 (including Eastside MAX Stations)
Cost:
$963 million
Details:
Combination of In-Street Running, and Exclusive Right of Way

Project Name:
Portland Airport MAX (Red Line)
Project Status:
Operational
Date Open
September 10, 2001
Cost/Mile:
$22.7 million per mile
Distance:
5.5 miles
Number of Stations:
4
Cost:
$125 million - 1999 $
Details:
Red Line service from Downtown Galleria/Library stops to Gateway TC on existing Blue Line, then travel to Airport on new rail spur from Gateway. Funding through private funds, no federal funding and no increase in property taxes.

Project Name:
Interstate MAX (Yellow Line)
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$62.5 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
September 2004
Distance:
5.8 miles
Number of Stations:
10
Cost:
$350 Million (Estimated)
Details:
Yellow Line to serve City Center on existing alignment from Galleria/Library stops to Old Town/Chinatown station. It will then ride on new rails, serving Rose Quarter and Interstate Avenue to Expo Center

Project Name:
Portland Streetcar Project
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$16.4 million per mile
Distance:
2.4 miles
Number of Stations:
32 Note: The streetcar operates like a bus, passengers have to signal if they want to detrain at the next stop.
Routing
Portland State University to Good Samaritan on 10th and 11th Avenues. Those tracks cross over the existing MAX tracks between the Galleria/Library stops and the PGE Park/Civic Stadium stops.
Equipment Used
A total of 7 Skoda streetcars were ordered, 5 have been delivered and 2 more are coming in late 2002. Tri-Met donated 2 of the 4 Vintage Trolleys for use on the new streetcar line.
Cost:
The $54.6 million cost does include the cost of the cars and capital cost for phase. Each vehicle cost approximately $1.9 million. A total of 7 Streetcars have been ordered. Most utilities were relocated which ran along and under the trackbed.
Based on a total cost of $54.6 million, minus 11.3 for vehicles:
Cost (all construction) $43.3 mn ... $18.0 mn per mile
Cost (line only, no maintenance facil.) $39.3 mn ... $16.4 mn/mi

Sacramento, CA

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$9.6 million per mile
Date in Service:
1987
Distance:
18.3 miles
Cost:
$176 million
Ridership:
28,000/weekday (Entire Line)

Project:
Folsom Corridor Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$19.1 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
December 2003
Distance:
10.9 miles
Construction Start Date:
Summer 2000
Expected Opening Date:
December 2003
Number of Stations:
9
Cost:
$209 Million
Note:
Includes 14 new LRVs from CAF.

ProjectName:
South Sacramento Corridor Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$19.8 million per mile
Distance:
11.2 miles
Construction Start Date:
Summer 2000
Expected Opening Date:
September 2003
Number of Stations:
7 (Broadway, 4th Ave/Wayne Hultgren, City College, Fruitridge, 47th Avenue, Florin and Meadowview)
Cost:
$222 Million
Expected Additional Ridership:
15,000 by 2015
Funding Details:
$111.2 million in Section 5309 Federal funding for new rail projects, $28 million in State Transportation Improvement Program funding, $83 million in State Proposition 116 funding (clean air and transportation improvement funds).

Saint Louis, MO

Total System Length:
32 Miles
Project Name:
Existing system
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$27 million per mile
Distance:
17 miles
Number of Stations:
19
Cost:
$464 million (1982 dollars)
Ridership:
36,000/weekday (Entire System)
Project Details:
East St. Louis to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Funding Details:
Federal 75%, Local 25% (Asset value of donated railroad rights-of-way, structures and facilities).

Project Name:
St. Louis-St. Clair County Extension
Project Status:
Existing System
Cost/Mile:
$20 million per mile
Date Opened:
May 4, 2001
Distance:
17.4 miles
Number of Stations:
8
Cost:
$348 million.
Projected Ridership:
14,500/day
Project Details:
East Saint Louis to Belleville Area College. It will extend the system from East St. Louis farther east into St. Clair County, Ill.
Funding Details:
Federal: 72% ($280 million); Local: 28% (1/2 cent sales tax in St. Clair County)
Note:
Includes the purchase of 24 Light Rail vehicles, the installation of 3,500 park and ride spaces and 41 bus bays at the eight stations.

Project Name:
Scott Air Force Base Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Expected Opening Date:
2003
Number of Stations:
1 - Scott Air Force Base
Project Details:
Belleville Area College to Scott Air Force Base
Funding Details:
State (Illinois): 60 million; Remaining: Local

Project Name:
Mid-America Extension
Project Status:
Under Consideration - Not Funded
Number of Stations:
1 - Mid America Airport
Project Details:
Belleville Area College to Scott Air Force Base
Funding Details:
State (Illinois): 60 million; Remaining: Local

Project Name:
Cross County Extension
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Cost/Mile:
$54 million per mile
Estimated Construction Start Date:
2002
Estimated In-Service Date:
2005
Distance:
7.5 miles
Cost:
$405 million
Web Link:
http://www.crosscounty.org/

Project Name:
Metro South Extension
Project Status:
Planning

Project Name:
Metro North Extension
Project Status:
Planning

Salt Lake City, UT

Project Name:
Existing System
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$18 million per mile
Date in Service:
December 1999
Distance:
15 miles
Number of Stations:
16
Cost:
$300 million
Ridership:
19,000 per day

Project:
TRAX University Line
Project Status:
Operational
Date Opened:
December 2001
Number of Stations:
4 (Library, Trolley Square, 900 East and Rice-Eccles Stations)
Cost:
$110 million
Map & Details:
See UTA's Site

San Antonio, TX

Project Name:
Preliminary Engineering
Project Status:
Future uncertain - Funded sought in an August 2000 vote Failed.
Cost/Mile:
$28 million per mile
Distance:
54 miles (Original proposal that failed to pass)
Cost:
$1.5 billion
Map & Details:
Click Here
Note:
Even in light of the failure of the funding vote, Capitol Metro officials appear to be optimistic of the possibility of an LRT system in San Antonio's future.

San Diego, CA

Project Name:
Mission Valley East
Project Status:
Under Construction - Tunnel construction started March 2001
Cost/Mile:
$67 million per mile (Tunnel Construction)
Expected Opening Date:
2004
Distance:
5.9 miles
Number of Stations
TBD
Cost:
$400 million
Map & Details:
Connects Mission San Diego with Grossmont Center. Connects the present end of the Blue Line (going past the stadium) to the present Orange Line, near the Grossmont station. This extension will serve the campus of San Diego State University. FTA funding in 2002 is $64 Million

San Diego, CA

Project Name:
Mid-Coast Extension
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Cost/Mile:
$30 million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
2005
Distance:
3.4 miles
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost:
$105 million
Route Details:
Old Town to Clairemont

San Francisco, CA

ProjectName:
Third Street Light Rail
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$98 million per mile
Distance:
5.4 miles
Opening Date:
2005
Number of Stations:
19
Cost:
$531 Million
Expected Ridership:
71,000 (2015)
Project and Funding Details:
http://www.sfmuni.com/aboutmun/3rdover.htm

ProjectName:
Central Subway (Third Street Light Rail - Phase 2)
Project Status:
Design - Regional Priority for Federal Funding
Cost/Mile:
$515 million per mile (Tunnel Construction)
Opening Date:
2009
Distance:
1.7 miles
Number of Stations:
5 (4 subway, 1 surface)
Cost or Expected Cost:
$876 million
Expected Ridership:
92,000 (2015)
Project and Funding Details:
http://www.sfmuni.com/aboutmun/3rdover.htm

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Guadalupe Line
Total System Length:
20 Miles
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$25 million per mile
Date Open:
1988-1992 (in 4 stages)
Distance:
21 miles
Number of Stations:
33
Cost:
$536 million (1992 dollars)
Ridership:
31,000/weekday (Guadalupe and Tasman Line combined)

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Tasman West Extension
Project Status:
Operational
Cost/Mile:
$42 million per mile
Date Open:
December 17, 1999
Distance:
7.6 miles
Number of Stations:
13
Cost:
$325 million
Ridership:
6,000/day

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
I-880 Extension
Project Status:
Existing System
Cost/Mile:
$39.5 Million per mile
Date Opened:
May 17, 2001
Distance:
1.9 miles
Number of Stations:
2 (Cisco and I-880)
Cost:

$75 Million
Project Details:
From Baypointe/Tasman east along Tasman Drive to I-880 Station. One additional station midway at Cisco Systems. Two crossovers west of the I-880 station allow turnback operations while the Tasman East/Capitol extension is completed.

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Tasman East/Capitol Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Cost/Mile:
$54 Million per mile
Expected Opening Date:
Summer 2004
Distance:
6.4 miles
Number of Stations:
11
Cost:

$348 Million
Project Details:
From I-880 Station (on the Tasman East Phase #1 Extension), continuing along Capitol to Alum Rock. Project includes an elevated structure (starting just east of I-880 in Milpitas going 1.2 miles into San Jose).

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Capitol Extension (Phase 2)
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering
Cost:
$231 million
Funding Details:
Funded by passage of a 30 year 1/2 cent sales tax.
Project Details:
Starting from Capitol/Alum Rock, east along Capitol Expressway to Eastridge.

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Capitol Extension (Phase 3)
Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering - Environmental Impact Study
Expected Opening Date:
No Date set
Distance:
8 miles (includes Phase 1)
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost:
$292 million
Funding Details:
Funded by passage of a 30 year 1/2 cent sales tax.
Project Details:
From Capitol Expressway at Eastridge, south/west along Capitol Expressway to the existing Guadalupe Line.

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Santa Clara/Alum Rock Extension
Project Status:
Preliminary Analysis
Distance:
4.3 miles
Number of Stations:
TBD
Cost:
$286 million
Project Details:
From Downtown san Jose, east along Alum Rock to Capitol, then south to Eastridge. Capitol Phase 2 to continue southwest to Capitol/Guadalupe.

San Jose, CA

Project Name:
Vasona Extension
Project Status:
Under Construction
Construction Start Date:
March 2001
Expected Opening Date:
2004
Distance:
4.8 miles
Number of Stations:
8
Project Details:
Starting from San Carlos/Woz Way to San Jose Caltrain Station, then south along the current UP alignment along Southwest Expressway to Winchester/Camden area. Project includes an 800' tunnel in the area of the San Jose Arena.

Seattle, WA

Project Name:
Central Link
Current Project Status:
The Board authorized construction of the initial segment "as soon as reasonably practicable in 2002.
Cost/Mile:
$179 Million/Mile
Expected Opening Date:
2009
Distance:
14 miles
Number of Stations:
13
Expected Ridership:
42,000 by 2020
Cost:
$2.4 Billion
Facilities Construction Start:
Mid 2002
Project Details:
Through the existing tunnel downtown, South through a 1 mile tunnel under Beacon Hill to near Sea-Tac Airport. The Beacon Hill Station will be about 150 feet under South Lander Street. At the Sea-Tac Airport, a shuttle bus will allow passengers to connect to terminals.

Spokane, WA

Project Status:
Preliminary Engineering - See Note below
Note:
Engineering Consultants selected (David Evans & Associates - with LTK as subcontractor for vehicle and systems engineering).

Tacoma, WA

Project Status:
Construction
Estimated Opening:
2003
Cost/Mile:
$37.5 million per mile
Distance:
1.6 miles
Number of Stations:
5
Cost:
$60 Million (Approx.)
Project Details:
Downtown Tacoma to the Tacoma Dome (See Map). This system will NOT connect to the Seattle, WA system.
Notes:

Tampa, Florida

http://www.tamparail.com/


Toronto, Canada

Project Name:
TTC's Existing System
Number of Lines:
Seven distinct Lines: King; Queen; Dundas; Carlton; Kingston Road; Bathurst, Spadina, St. Clair and Harbourfront.

Tucson, Arizona

ProjectName:
Orange Line
Project Status:
Pending Ballot Measure (Scheduled for May 2002)
Distance:
13 Miles
Website
http://www.tucsonlightrail.org
Project Details:
From the Laos Transit Center near the Rodeo Grounds on the southside, north past the VA hospital, South Tucson, TCC and Rio Nuevo, Downtown/Government Center, and Ronstadt Transit Center, then east along 6th Street 4th Avenue/Tucson High, the University of Arizona, Rincon Market, then south to Broadway and continuing east along Broadway past El Con Mall/Randolph Park, Williams Center, Park Place Mall, and ending at Prudence/Pantano.

Union County, NJ

Project Status:
Preliminary Analysis
Note:
Though this project is supposed to be "tied" to the Newark-Elizabeth Rail Link (NERL) and therefore supposed to be an extension of the existing Newark City Subway, it will for the foreseeable future be operated as a separate system.

Washington, DC

Project Name:
Georgetown Branch Light Rail Project
Project Status:
Design - Final EIS being conducted by Maryland DOT and MTA.
Project Details:
A line between Silver Spring and Bethesda, MD along the Georgetown Branch abandoned rail line.

Waterloo, ON

Project Status:
Design
Project Details:
Cambridge to Elmira via Kitchener and Waterloo




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