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Old 08-19-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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What will be the next city in the United States to build its first rapid transit subway system?
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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That is a good question and I am not sure I know the answer. The closest I can come is the tunneling Seattle has been doing for its light rail, which I think they will expand their light rail subway tunnels in the future through downtown.

Other than that, most cities seem to be looking at light rail running above ground for their transportation needs.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Seattle and LA are the only ones working on underground light rail. Any else?
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Washington DC building a separate Blue Line through Georgetown and downtown.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:53 AM
 
Location: The City
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Washington DC building a separate Blue Line through Georgetown and downtown.
also the Silver line though I believe elevated is HR
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:34 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Honolulu though it's elevated so maybe doesn't count. Seattle's will opened earlier, though they already have a system.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Honolulu though it's elevated so maybe doesn't count. Seattle's will opened earlier, though they already have a system.
Part of Seattle's new rail lines will also be elevated. Is that necessarily a bad thing? I mean, it's separated from traffic which is the primary concern. I think elevated or underground, the only important thing is that it's separated.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Part of Seattle's new rail lines will also be elevated. Is that necessarily a bad thing? I mean, it's separated from traffic which is the primary concern. I think elevated or underground, the only important thing is that it's separated.
Not really, I just wasn't sure whether if it was what the OP was looking for. Elevated rail is annoying in some setting. Felt like I'm driving through a tunnel:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/As...0aafc4ac84110e

This one is even more claustrophobic:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Wi...79f2291cc5d76c

Also a racket if you have an apartment on or near that street. As far I can tell, only Philadelphia has that elevated set up in the US. It's relatively rare in western Europe, too, though I think Paris has a couple of examples. It's a style not built anymore. Chicago has that in downtown, but outside of downtown the elevateds mostly don't run over a street but in their right of way. Boston had that, but they demolished their above street Els.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: The City
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Yeah - Els running over the street are not all that aesthetically pleasing

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...f514d88c3e58c1

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.0175...CqLKGpdVRw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ph...f514d88c3e58c1
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Seattle and LA are the only ones working on underground light rail. Any else?
I'm talking about cities that don't already have a rapid transit subway system. Cities that already have subway systems are excluded from this discussion. Even cities that have light rail subway systems like Seattle are excluded unless they are planning on building a rapid transit subway system.

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