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Old 10-20-2016, 06:29 PM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I think its time to start an updated thread on new transportation infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 with upcoming projects in US and Canadian cities. What projects have opened this year, and which ones are currently under construction or on deck? What impacts have they made, and what kind of impact do you think it will make on these cities in the future? Here's what I've picked on so far in 2016...

Seattle - opened the new subway extension for the light rail from downtown to Capital Hill and the U-District.

Los Angeles - New Expo light rail line to Santa Monica, finally rail to West LA and the beach. They

Denver - lots of expansion with the new commuter rail line out to the Airport and also to Westminster and Aurora, and a new light rail line through Aurora down the I-225 corridor will open soon.

Kansas City and Cincinnati have opened a new downtown streetcar lines, and I just learned that Oklahoma City will soon start construction of a new streetcar line.

What else is missing?

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Old 10-20-2016, 06:43 PM
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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NYC 2nd Avenue Subway

It's going to be completed in 4 phases. Phase 1 is supposed to open up this December.

Also the W train is coming back too! (A NYC subway train that was removed around 5-6 years ago)

NYC also extended the 7 train earlier this year too to Hudson Yards
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:48 PM
Location: New York NY
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...and a few miles north of the city, they're building a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:26 PM
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In your own state, Albuquerque Rapid Transit should be the first gold-standard bus rapid transit in the US. It is under construction and should be finished next year. It is the first real step towards rapid transit in New Mexico.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:49 PM
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Seattle just opened light rail extensions to the north and south on the one existing line, and is working on extensions to the north and east. Planned work that's already funded goes in all three directions. Additional work valued at $54 billion is on the ballot in November. We also just opened a second streetcar line, and voters within the Seattle city limits passed a sizeable increase in bus service.

Meanwhile we're replacing two key stretches of freeway. One replaces a viaduct, a short tunnel, and a surface divided highway through greater Downtown with a long bypass tunnel and a surface road to replace the local-traffic capacity. The other replaces a big section of Highway 520 including a bridge that just opened (equal replacement except added HOV lanes and bike lane) and will soon start a similar upgrade closer in.

We have the fastest growing passenger airport in the US in terms of percentage increase among large airports. the new International Arrivals terminal and the North Satellite expansion together worth about $1.5 billion (or something like that) start early next year.
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:55 PM
Location: Miami-Jax
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The ones I care most about in the US. These are all under construction but mostly not to be completed for many years.

DC: WMATA Silver Line phase 2. It doesn't affect me as much anymore as we no longer have property in Fairfax, but connecting out to Dulles is still a big deal.

Florida: Brightline hopefully operating between Miami and Orlando within a couple years, with a second phase extending to Jax soon after.

Jax: Well, DOT-wise we have two enormous road projects that are nearly complete (one in about 6 months the other probably a little over a year away) that will improve the conditions of two areas considerably. I'm not typically one to sing praises for road construction but these were sorely needed and extremely overdue. One is to eliminate the cluster that was the interchange (in every direction) of JTB and I-95. The other is the overland bridge project and will allow for far smoother passage in/out/through downtown Jax.

We also have "BRT" under construction with the aid of federal money. And although it's really just more efficient bus service (for the most part not truly BRT) it will still be a major improvement over what we've had for years. Several phases set to begin this year.

Finally we have the Jax Skyway system, which has been undergoing years of potential expansion studies. With much of the system nearing its useful life, there has also been a lot of research into a best case future for the system (including demolition, expansion, and conversion to a different mode). Supposedly a final recommendation will be made in December, and early signs point to the possibility of expansion as light rail. This would be hugely beneficial to the urban core of Jax, but not only is it kind of a long shot (believe it when we see it), any expansion would be at least 5 years out from operation, conservatively speaking.
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Old 10-21-2016, 05:01 AM
Location: North America
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For Los Angeles:
2016 Finished 2 extensions 11miles Gold Line into San Gabriel Valley from east Pasadena to east Azusa. And the 7 mile Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica Downtown. As said you can now travel from beach/Downtown Santa Monica to Downtown LA along a southern route.

Currently on-going are 3 major projects. Purple Line line is currently on extension starting from LA Koreatown under Wilshire Blvd for 3 stops one being right in front of LACMA/Tar Pits/Miracle Mile and other right at the Beverly Hills border. Crenshaw Line will start from the completed Expo Line at Crenshaw Blvd, past Leimert Park, Inglewood (with a station within 1 mile of future home of LA Rams stadium) and onto LAX property where rental cars/hotels are located before going to meet up with current closest Green Line station. A people mover train will be build as part of LAX like the train at NYC JFK but that opening date is years later. And the third is REgional connector in DOwntown LA which would connect the light rail lines Blue/Expo to Gold Line. When done Gold Line will start in Santa Monica and have a mostly east-west route to East LA, while the Blue Line from Long Beach will go all the way to Azusa and be a nearly 2 hour train ride if ridden end to end.

There are lots of projects in the pipeline, but not sure it will start in 2017 since 3 major projects are current in the early construction years.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:13 AM
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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The new M-1 Rail QLINE In Detroit is set to open in 2017, the street car will travel along Woodward Ave.
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:00 AM
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Purple Line light rail in MD suburbs of DC, 16 miles with 21 stations construction to begin this year.

Home - Maryland Purple Line
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:18 PM
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Central I-70 widening and viaduct removal through Denver. Will take 4-5 years to complete.


I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) - PROJECT OVERVIEW
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