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A national intercity passenger railroad launched in 1971.
Route miles: 21,000 intercity rail
Rolling stock: 328 locomotives, average age 20 years; 1,413 rail cars, average age 25 years; 130 single-level long-distance cars similar to the Viewliner model on order from CAF USA, including 25 sleeping cars, 25 dining cars, 55 baggage cars and 25 baggage/dormitory cars. The first cars of the $298.1 million order are expected to be delivered in October 2012.
Annual ridership: 27.2 million (FY2009)
Annual operating cost: $3.4 billion (FY2009)
Annual capital cost: $761.2 million (FY2009)
Number of stations: 529
Major capital improvement projects include:
Amtrak also will launch Northeast Corridor projects, including constructing a new electrical sub-station at Ivy City in Washington, D.C.; replacing and modernizing electrical transformers along the Washington, D.C.-to-New York City line; replacing more than 100,000 concrete ties; upgrading a catenary wire system along the Hell Gate Line in New York; constructing new air ventilation shafts for New York City tunnels; and replacing the movable Niantic River Bridge in East Lyme, Conn.
Amtrak also is implementing the first step in a long-term fleet renewal plan, in addition to reorganizing and establishing a department that will develop new intercity, high-speed rail service in select corridors around the country. Amtrak also is planning major improvements on the Northeast Corridor (including studying the feasibility of increasing top speeds to 220 mph).
A state-owned corporation providing passenger and freight rail transportation services, as well as overseeing leasing of railroad land for commercial/business and public uses.
Route miles: 467 heavy rail, mainline miles
Rolling stock: 51 locomotives, average age 13.6 years; 47 passenger cars
Annual ridership: 470,786 (2009)
Annual operating cost: Not provided
Annual capital cost: Not provided
Number of stations: 10
Projects in Anchorage:
Projects in Mat-Su:
Projects in Fairbanks and the Interior (the area of the state that is largely wilderness):
Contact: Stephenie Wheeler, corporate communications officer; 907-265-2671; firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Metro operates the Phoenix-area transit system, including the METRO light-rail line. The first 20-mile section of the light-rail line opened in December 2008. The agency is planning 37 miles of extensions.
Route miles: 20 light rail
Rolling stock: 50 light-rail trains
Annual ridership: 12.1 million (FY2010)
Annual operating cost: $33.7 million (FY2010)
Number of stations: 28
Construction on the $3.9 million project began in May and is scheduled to be completed in late fall.
Contact: Hillary Foose, public information officer; 602-322-4468
ACE launched passenger-rail service in 1998 between San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
Rolling stock: Six locomotives; 32 rail cars
Annual ridership: Not provided
Annual operating cost: $15.4 million
Annual capital cost: $66.7 million
Number of stations: 9
Contact: Brenda Porter, contracts administrator 209-944-6222; email@example.com
BART operates heavy-rail service the San Francisco Bay Area. Service was launched in 1972.
Route miles: 104 heavy rail
Rolling stock: 669 rail cars — 439 cars are 38 years old, 150 cars are 22 years old and 80 cars are 16 years old; BART is currently circulating a request for proposals for 1,000 new cars to replace the entire fleet. Notice to proceed will be given to a supplier by the end of 2010.
Annual ridership: 107 million
Annual operating cost: $643 million
Annual capital cost: $585 million
Number of stations: 43
BART has begun or is planning to begin work on the following projects:
L.A. Metro serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for Los Angeles County. Light-rail service was launched in 1990; heavy-rail service, in 1993.
Route miles: 61.7 light rail; 17.4 heavy rail
Rolling stock: 250 light-rail trains with three cars per consist, average age 15 years
Annual ridership: 46.4 million, light rail; 47.9 million, heavy rail
Annual operating cost: $104.4 million, light rail; $54.9 million, heavy rail
Annual capital cost: $18 million, light rail; $5 million, heavy rail
Number of stations: 57 light rail; 16 heavy rail
L.A. Metro plans to spend $80 million on a Metro Blue Line traction power sub-station replacement project. The agency has contracted Siemens to complete the work. L.A. Metro also plans to begin the process of procuring additional light-rail trains and overhauling heavy-rail vehicles within the next year — and overhauling light-rail vehicles within the next 15 months.
NCTD is a multi-modal transit provider offering commuter-rail, light-rail and bus services to the San Diego area. Commuter-rail service was launched in 1995 and light-rail service, in 2007.
Route miles: 42 commuter rail; 21 light rail
Rolling stock: 7 locomotives, average age 9 years; 28 rail cars, average age 8 years; 12 light-rail trains with 1 or 2 cars per consist, average age 4 years
Annual ridership: 1.3 million, commuter rail; 2.1 million, light rail
Annual operating cost: $15 million, commuter rail; $13 million, light rail
Number of stations: 8 commuter rail; 15 light rail
All of NCTD's right-of-way projects are handled by the San Diego Association of Governments, the local inter-governmental agency.
Contact: Lane Fernandes, manager of rail; 760-967-2850; firstname.lastname@example.org
VTA is an independent special district responsible for light rail, bus and paratransit operations; congestion management; specific highway improvement projects; and county-wide transportation planning. The agency launched light-rail service in 1987.
Route miles: 42.2 light rail
Rolling stock: 100 light-rail trains with up to 3 cars per consist; average age 5 years
Annual ridership: 10.8 million
Annual operating cost: $42.9 million
Annual capital cost: $335 million
Number of stations: 62
VTA is building a 2.6-mile light-rail extension into east San Jose in Santa Clara County. The project is awaiting final design and construction until the federal environmental review phase is completed because additional funding is necessary.
Contact: Brandi Childress 408-464-7810; email@example.com
RTD operates light-rail service in the Denver metropolitan region. Service was launched in 1994.
Route miles: Not provided
Rolling stock: 151 light-rail trains with 3 cars per consist, average age 8-9 years old; 21 cars on order from Siemens
Annual ridership: 19.5 million
Annual operating cost: $29 million
Number of stations: 36
Denver RTD is in the midst of its FasTracks program, which calls for building 122 miles of new light- and commuter-rail lines, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service and 21,000 new parking spaces at rail and bus stations — as well as redeveloping Denver Union Station into a multi-modal transportation hub. The program consists of six new transit corridors and extensions to three existing corridors.
The rail lines include:
SFRTA operates the Tri-Rail commuter-rail system. Service was launched in 1989.
Route miles: 144 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 16 locomotives, average age 15 years; 26 rail cars, average age 20 years; two bi-level Colorado Railcar diesel multiple units, including 4 power DMU cars and 2 DMU coaches; and 14 bi-level cab cars and coaches on order with Rotem/Hyundai, to be delivered in 2010. SFRTA received $15 million in stimulus funding, which will be used to purchase locomotives.
Annual ridership: 3.8 million (2009)
Annual operating cost: $64 million
Annual capital cost: $101.9 million
Number of stations: 18
SFRTA has no capital projects at this time.
Contact: Cris Bross, director of contracts and procurement; 954-788-7911; firstname.lastname@example.org
CTA operates the nation's second-largest public transit system, providing rail and bus service to the city of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs. Service was launched in 1892.
Route miles: 224.1 heavy rail
Rolling stock: Four locomotives, average age 25 years; 1,190 rail cars, average age 27 years; 406 rail cars currently on order (CTA is testing the prototypes)
Annual ridership: 202.6 million (2009)
Annual operating cost: $1.3 billion
Annual capital cost: $668.5 million (2009)
Number of stations: 144
CTA continues to update its rail fleet and will replace older rail cars — some of which are more than 30 years old, such as the 2200-series Budd cars that were purchased in 1969-70, as well as the 2400-series Boeing-Vertol cars purchased in 1976-78 — with new rail cars. The new cars will feature enhancements such as security cameras, aisle-facing seating and alternating current traction motor propulsion. CTA has awarded a contract to Bombardier Transportation for a base order of 406 rail cars with additional options that could bring the total purchase to 706 cars. The contract cost is $603.6 million, without escalation. CTA is testing the rail-car prototypes to evaluate all aspects of car design and operation.
CTA will continue its plan to reduce and prevent slow zones by replacing deteriorated wood ties, worn running rail and contact rail in order to restore normal train speeds and reduce travel times. Slow zone work on the Red Line North Main between Addison and Howard will be completed later this year and work in the Blue Line Dearborn Subway was completed early this year.
The oldest portions of CTA's signal system are being replaced as part of two separate projects covering the Loop and the Blue Line. The total project budgets are $103 million and $243 million, respectively. The Loop signal upgrades are needed to run the new AC propulsion rail and replace a signal system that is more than 30 years old at a junction where the Brown, Orange, Purple, Pink and Green lines enter and exit the Loop.
Both projects will enable the CTA to modernize the overall signal system, increasing efficiency and service reliability. CTA also is working on a $7 million project to upgrade the signal system at Howard to modernize and increase reliability.
CTA continues work on the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown rehabilitation project, which calls for constructing a new secondary entrance at Archer Avenue and rebuilding the main station house to include an elevator, making the station accessible. CTA opened the Archer entrance in June and expects to reopen the main station house by 2010's end. The $12.5 million project began in 2009 and is expected to be complete later this year.
The Chicago Department of Transportation also is constructing a $38.3 million in-fill station at Morgan and Lake that will serve CTA's Green and Pink lines. The Morgan station is designed to provide access to the industrial and commercial districts in Chicago's West Loop area. Work began in summer and is expected to be completed in 2012.
CTA and the village of Skokie, Ill., are partnering to build an at-grade, accessible station in downtown Skokie at Oakton. The new station will be located adjacent to the Illinois Science and Technology Park. The facility will accommodate four-car trains. Work on the station began in summer 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2011. The Oakton station will cost about $20 million to build, with the village of Skokie funding $6 million and an additional $14 million coming from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality federal funds.
CTA received $241 million in stimulus funds, which were used for various projects, including the Dearborn Subway (Blue Line) track reconstruction, refurbishment of rail cars and buses, and renovation of the Cermak-Chinatown station.
Contact: Marina Popovic, vice president of purchasing; 312-681-2400; email@example.com
Metro Transit operates transit service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, providing 100 percent of rail service and 90 percent of regular-route bus service in the Twin Cities. Light-rail service launched in 2004 and commuter-rail service launched in 2009.
Route miles: 12 light rail; 40 commuter rail
Rolling stock: Six locomotives, average age 1 year; 18 rail cars, average age 1 year; 27 light-rail trains with up to 3 cars per consist, average age 6 years
Annual ridership: 9.9 million light-rail; numbers unavailable for commuter rail (service opened in November 2009)
Annual operating cost: $25.7 million, light rail; 16.8 million, commuter rail
Annual capital cost: Not provided
Number of stations: 19 light rail; 6 commuter rail
In 2011, Metro Transit will begin building the Central Corridor light-rail line linking downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis via the University of Minnesota campus. The $957 million project spans 11 miles with 23 stations, including five that will be shared with the existing Hiawatha light-rail line.
Contact: Bob Gibbons, director of customer services; 612-349-7509; firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis Metro provides light-rail and bus service in the St. Louis area. Light-rail service was launched in 1993.
Route miles: 46 light rail
Rolling stock: 87 light-rail trains with 2 cars per consist, average age 12 years
Annual ridership: 18 million
Annual operating cost: $36 million
Annual capital cost: $50 million in FTA funding; $42 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds
Number of stations: 37
2010 capital projects include:
Contact: Scott Grott, chief of MetroLink operations; 314-982-1464; email@example.com
PATCO operates a rapid transit line from Center City Philadelphia to Lindenwold in southern New Jersey. Service was launched in 1969.
Route miles: 14.5 heavy rail
Rolling stock: 121 rail cars, average age 37 years
Annual ridership: 10 million
Annual operating cost: $40 million
Annual capital cost: Capital costs are included in annual operating costs
Number of stations: 13
Capital improvement projects under way or scheduled to begin within the next year include:
PATCO also plans to construct a $7.5 million shop annex that is expected to be completed in 2011. In addition, the agency plans to reopen the Franklin Square subway station in Philadelphia. Project design is under way. Cost and duration were being determined as of press time.
PATCO also received $10 million in stimulus funding to complete a pole-line replacement project.
Rail Runner launched commuter-rail service in 2006.
Route miles: 100 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 9 locomotives; 22 rail cars, average age 3 years
Annual ridership: 1.2 million
Annual operating cost: $22 million
Annual capital cost: $3 million
Number of stations: 12
Rio Metro received $2.1 million in stimulus funds to renovate Kewa Station.
Contact: Chris Blewett, director; 505-724-3634; firstname.lastname@example.org
LIRR launched commuter-rail service in 1834.
Route miles: 701 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 45 locomotives, average age 11 years; 1,006 electric rail cars, average age 9 years; 134 diesel rail cars, average age 11 years
Annual ridership: 83 million
Annual operating cost: $1.7 billion
Annual capital cost: $136 million (2010)
Number of stations: 124
Capital improvements include:
In addition, LIRR is preparing for the 2010 State of Good Repair Track Program, estimated to cost $62.4 million. The majority of the work will be performed using in-house labor. Work includes wood tie and switch replacement, grade crossing rehabilitation, track surfacing, rail welding, and continuous welded rail renewal. The major contracts associated with this year's track program have been awarded to Loram Maintenance of Way Inc., which provides specialized track equipment. The project began in March and is expected to be completed in December.
MTA Metro-North provides regional rail service to New York City's northern suburbs. The commuter-rail service was launched in 1983.
Route miles: 385 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 58 locomotives; 813 electric rail cars; 283 coaches. 380 cars are on order from Kawasaki. Delivery is expected to begin this year and be completed in 2012.
Annual ridership: 80 million
Other capital plans include:
In addition, Metro-North is using federal stimulus money to fund a number of facility improvements:
Metro-North also is making various renovations at Grand Central Terminal. The total budget is $23.5 million, of which $21.9 million in stimulus funding has been allocated and $1.6 million will come from the capital budget.
Contact: Anthony Bombace, director of procurement and material management; 212-340-3055; email@example.com
NYCT provides subway, bus and Access-A-Ride service in New York City and operates the Staten Island Railroad on Staten Island. Service was launched service in 1904.
Route miles: 232.5
Rolling stock: 72 locomotives, average age 31 years; 6,378 rail cars, average age 15.8 years; 28 locomotives on order from MotivePower Inc., to be delivered in December 2011; 23 rail cars on order from Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., to be delivered in October 2012.
Annual ridership: 1.58 billion
Annual operating cost: $2.53 billion
Annual capital cost: $2 billion
Number of stations: 468
NYCT is in the process of upgrading communication systems at 409 stations, as well as upgrading its VHF radio system — a project estimated to cost $774.4 million.
Other projects include:
NYCT also contracted L.K. Comstock for a Church Avenue interlocking and automatic signal modernization. The total project budget is $210.7 million.
The agency received $475.1 million in federal stimulus funding.
A subsidiary of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), PATH serves as a primary transit link between Manhattan and neighboring New Jersey communities. The rail line has been in operation since 1907. It became a PANYNJ subsidiary in 1962.
Route miles: 13.8 heavy rail
Rolling stock: 1 locomotive, 11 years old; 256 rail cars, average age 35 years; and an additional 150 rail cars with an average age of 1 year. Three hundred fifty rail cars on order with Kawasaki Rail Car Inc., with delivery in third-quarter 2011.
Annual ridership: 72.3 million
Annual operating cost: $291.8 million
Annual Capital Cost: $319.8 million
The PANYNJ board authorized more than $340 million worth of contracts to help replace antiquated mechanical train controls with computerized signals. The overall signal project is expected to cost $580 million and is part of a PANYNJ multi-billion-dollar plan to modernize the entire PATH system — an initiative that also includes acquiring a new 350-car fleet. The entire fleet is expected to be replaced by the end of 2011.
Contact: Dennis Kopik, procurement contract manager; 212-435-3931; firstname.lastname@example.org
CATS is the transit department within the city of Charlotte. Light-rail service was launched in 2007.
Route miles: 10 light rail
Rolling stock: 20 light-rail trains with 2 cars per consist, average age 2.5 years
Annual ridership: 4.8 million
Annual operating cost: $10 million
Annual capital cost: $500,000
Number of stations: 15
CATS has no capital projects in progress at this time.
Contact: Tom Livingston, manager of procurement; 704-432-0491; email@example.com
GCRTA provides rail, bus and paratransit services in Cuyahoga County. Light-rail service was launched in 1920; heavy-rail service in 1952.
Route miles: 26.2 light rail; 38.6 heavy rail
Rolling stock: 48 light-rail trains with 1 car per consist for daily service and 2 cars per consist for special events — average age 29 years. Rebuilding in process with 34 completed.
Annual ridership: 2.8 million light rail; 5.2 million heavy rail
Annual operating cost: $32.3 million
Annual capital cost: $12.6 million
Number of stations: 34 light-rail; 18 heavy rail
GCRTA is in the process of updating three stations: Puritas, East 55th and Woodhill.
Contact: Frank Polivka, procurement director; 216-771-4133; firstname.lastname@example.org
TriMet provides public transportation service to the Portland metropolitan area, including MAX light-rail service (launched in 1986) and WES commuter-rail service (launched in 2009).
Route miles: 52 light rail; 14.7 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 127 light-rail trains with 2 cars per consist; average age 11.45 years
Annual ridership: 35.2 million, light rail; 124,940, commuter rail (FY2009)
Annual operating cost: $67.6 million, light rail; $3.1 million, commuter rail (FY2009)
Annual capital cost: $168.8 million, light rail; $25.6 million, commuter rail (FY2009)
Number of stations: 84 light rail; 5 commuter rail
TriMet is in the preliminary engineering phase for the Portland-to-Milwaukie light-rail line — the region's sixth MAX corridor. The project includes adding 10 MAX stations along a 7.3-mile alignment linking downtown Portland, Milwaukie and Oak Grove in North Clackamas County. The line will extend from the new Green Line at Portland State University to south Waterfront and into inner Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and Oak Grove. A major project feature is a multi-use transit bridge across the Willamette River that will carry MAX trains, buses, bicycles, pedestrians and a potential Portland Streetcar extension. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2011, with service expected to begin in 2015.
The agency also will make improvements to its eastside light-rail stations, including painting shelters and making pedestrian improvements such as adding new signage and crossing safety measures. One station is being renovated to include a fare zone with barrier railings to channel pedestrians and improve fare inspection and safety.
TriMet was awarded $53.3 million in federal stimulus funds to fix failing infrastructure, make the transit system more robust and create jobs.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County provides light-rail, bus, incline and paratransit service for the greater Pittsburgh region. Light-rail service was launched in 1985.
Route miles: 15.5 light rail
Rolling stock: 83 light-rail trains with 1 to 2 cars per consist, average age 5 years
Annual ridership: 7.1 million (2009)
Annual operating cost: $43.2 million
Annual capital cost: $14.1 million
Number of stations: 25
The port authority has awarded contracts for the North Shore Connector project, which will extend light-rail service from downtown Pittsburgh under the Allegheny River to two new North Shore stations. The total project budget is $528 million — $62 million of which comes from federal stimulus funds.
TriGold, a joint venture of HDR, Jacobs Engineering and Kwame, has been contracted as program/construction manager. AECOM was awarded the design contract. North Shore Constructors, a joint venture of Trumbull and Obayashi, have been selected as the contractor for tunnel-boring work and the Gateway Station shell. Brayman Construction Corp. was selected as contractor for aerial structure work. Wellington Power Corp. has been awarded the systems contract for the North Shore Connector project, as well as a contract to perform station electrical work. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. was tabbed for general station finishing work. McKamish has been contracted to perform HVAC and plumbing work at the stations. Schindler Elevator Corp. will perform elevator and escalator work in the stations. The new line is expected to enter service in early 2012.
SEPTA operates light-, heavy- and commuter-rail service in the Philadelphia region. Light-rail service launched in 1893. Heavy-rail service launched in 1907. Commuter-rail service launched in 1832.
Route miles: 56.1 light rail; 24.1 heavy rail; 292 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 8 locomotives, average age 16 years; 352 rail cars, average age 33 years — plus 120 Silverliner V electric multiple units on order from Rotem (scheduled to be delivered in October 2011). SEPTA also operates light-rail trains with 1-2 cars per consist — average age 25 years (exact number of light-rail trains not provided)
Annual ridership: 29.4 million, light rail; 93.3 million, heavy rail; 35 million, commuter rail
Annual operating cost: $97.9 million, light rail; $202.8 million, heavy rail; $271.7 million, commuter rail
Annual capital cost: $21 million, light rail; $32 million, heavy rail; $90 million, commuter rail
Number of stations: 53 light rail; 74 heavy rail; 153 commuter rail
SEPTA will receive $191 million in federal stimulus funds to complete 32 capital projects.
Contact: Gary P. Fairfax, press officer; 215-580-3782; email@example.com
DART provides light-rail, commuter rail (in cooperation with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority — see listing for Trinity Railway Express), bus, paratransit and high-occupancy vehicle services for 13 cities in north Texas. Light-rail service launched in 1996.
Route miles: 48 light rail
Rolling stock: 115 light-rail trains with up to 3 cars per consist — average age 8 years. 48 SLRV 3-car trains are on order from Kinkisharyo. Delivery began in April 2010 and is expected to be completed in May 2011.
Annual ridership: 19 million (2009)
Annual operating cost: $91.4 million (FY2010)
Annual capital cost: $867.9 million (FY2010)
Number of stations: 39 (as of September 2009)
DART plans to complete construction of the 28-mile, 20-station Green Line light rail in December. In addition, the agency will open an infill station on the Blue Line in the Lake Highlands area of northeast Dallas. Work also continues on the new Orange and Blue line extensions.
The agency has received $78.4 million in stimulus funds for the Green Line construction and $61.2 million for the Orange Line.
TRE is a commuter-rail line connecting the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as DFW International Airport. The service, which launched in 1996, is operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
Route miles: 34 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 9 locomotives, average age 17 years; 17 rail cars, average age 17 years
Annual ridership: 2.8 million
Annual operating cost: $20 million
Annual capital cost: $5 million
TRE will continue work on the Belt Line Grade Separation, a 2.2-mile double track project that began in August 2007. The $43 million project, which consists of an 8,230-foot-long double tracked bridge, eliminates three grade crossings. The grade separation is 95 percent completed.
Contact: Bill Farquhar, chief operating officer; 973-399-1948; firstname.lastname@example.org
UTA provides TRAX light-rail, FrontRunner commuter-rail and bus service. Light-rail service was launched in 1999. Commuter-rail service was launched in 2008.
Route miles: 20 light rail; 45 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 20 locomotives, average age 1 year; 63 rail cars — 38 are 2 years old or less, 25 are 36 years old and have been overhauled; 15-20 light rail trains (69 vehicles total) with 2-4 cars per consist, average age 15 years; plus 77 S70 low-floor light-rail cars on order from Siemens. Delivery began in January 2010.
Annual ridership: 13.2 million, light rail; 1.3 million, commuter rail
Annual operating cost: $20 million, light rail; $14.7 million, commuter rail
Annual capital cost: $8 million combined for light- and commuter-rail capital projects
Number of stations: 28 light rail; 8 commuter rail
UTA is in the midst of its FrontLines 2015 program, which calls for building 70 miles of rail lines — four light rail and one commuter rail. The $2.5 billion program includes the Mid-Jordan line, a 10.5-mile corridor branching off from the existing Sandy/Salt Lake light-rail line at the 6400 South station, then running west and south to South Jordan; a 5.1-mile West Valley line between the 2100 South Central Pointe station and West Valley City; the six-mile Airport TRAX line between downtown Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City International Airport; the 3.5-mile Draper light-rail extension; and the 44-mile FrontRunner South commuter-rail line.
Contracts awarded to date include:
Contact: Val Todd, 801-237-1925; Vtodd@rideuta.com, or Gregg Larson, 801-237-1924; Glarsen@rideuta.com
VRE is a commuter-rail agency serving northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. VRE launched service in 1992
Route miles: 90 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 21 locomotives, average age 40 years; 101 rail cars, 71 of which are 3 years or younger; and 30 that are 40 years or older
Annual ridership: 3.85 million
Annual operating cost: $70 million
Annual capital cost: $20 million
VRE is building an 11-mile stretch of track from Arkendale to Powell's Creek, Va. Construction on the $75 million project is expected to begin in first-quarter 2011 and be completed in 2013. The project was designated by the commonwealth and federal government as a priority in the development of high-speed rail.
In 2009, VRE received $9.9 million in stimulus funding to purchase new locomotives.
Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for the Central Puget Sound region. Commuter-rail service was launched in 2000. Light-rail service was launched in 2009.
Route miles: 16 light rail; 74 commuter rail
Rolling stock: 11 locomotives, average age 9 years; 58 rail cars, average age 8 years; 35 light-rail trains with 2 cars per consist, average age 1.7 years. 27 LF70 cars on order from Kinkisharyo. Delivery is expected to begin in November and be completed by April 2011.
Annual ridership: 8.1 million, light rail; 2.7 million, commuter rail
Annual operating cost: $48 million, light rail; $36 million, commuter rail
Annual capital cost: $383 million, light rail; $125 million, commuter rail
Number of stations: 13 light rail; 10 commuter rail
Sound Transit projects include:
Contact: Geoff Patrick; 206-398-5313; email@example.com
Calgary Transit provides transit service in the city of Calgary. Light-rail service was launched in 1981.
Route miles: 29.25
Rolling stock: 153 light-rail trains with 3 cars per consist — average age 16.85 years. Thirty-eight SD-160 cars were ordered from Siemens Transportation Systems. Delivery was completed in June
Annual ridership: 77.4 million
Number of stations: 38
Earlier this year, Calgary Transit began construction on the five-mile, six-station West LRT line in southwest Calgary. The line is scheduled to open in late 2012.