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Transport: Boston Line Adds Stations, Future Of Streetcars, Maryland Joint-Development LRT Project, Bike Share As Corporate Perk

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Fairmount Line Adds Two New Stations 

Boston Globe

 

As the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line train peeled away from Readville one morning, a stocky conductor began collecting fares on the only car open to passengers.

 

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Are Streetcars the Transport of the Future 

Salon

 

When President Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, he cited among Foxx's other relevant accomplishments "a new streetcar project that's going to bring modern electric tram service to [Charlotte's] downtown area."

 

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Streetcar Utility Relocation Costs Going Down 

Milwaukee Business Journals

 

As Milwaukee elected officials predict utility relocations for the streetcar will be minimal, the city engineer is reporting impacts to We Energies' gear already have been significantly reduced.

 

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Private Companies Consider Purple Line Light Rail Project 

Washington Post

 

About 300 engineers, financiers and consultants filled a hotel conference room Wednesday to learn how they might help build - and profit from - a $2.15 billion light-rail Purple Line through the Maryland suburbs.

 

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Sprinter Set to Resume Service 

San Diego Union Tribune

 

North County's Sprinter system is set to resume service Saturday, more than two months after it was shut down because of accelerated wear on the trains' brake rotors.

 

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Maryland Governor Announces Gas Tax Projects 

Greater Greater Washington

 

Today, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the transportation funding bill that passed the legislature this year.

 

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Bike Share, The New Corporate Perk 

Transportation Nation

 

The bikes aren't even on the street yet, but New York businesses are planning for the launch of bike share later this month.

 

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Solo Driving Drops in DC as Bikes/Transit Soars 

DC Streetsblog

 

We've been writing a lot this week about the national shift away from car travel and toward transit, biking, and walking. Yesterday, Washington area officials released new data that indicates the DC region is at the forefront of that trend.

 

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Hybrid Danish Ferry a Prius on the Sea 

Wired Autopia

 

A Danish ferry operator has begun converting a diesel-electric ship into a diesel-electric hybrid. When it's done, it will be the world's largest hybrid passenger ferry.

 

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D.C. Again Takes On Upstart Competitor To Taxicabs 

Transportation Nation

 

The D.C. Taxicab Commission has a message for drivers using the new ridesharing mobile app SideCar: they are breaking the law.

 

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