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{ Monthly Archives } August 2010

New Subway Cars Arrive in NYC

New York City’s Gothamist recently ran some photos of the new R160-series subway cars being assembled and shipped to the city: While old subway cars becoming reefs for the life aquatic is well documented, it seems less frequent that we get to witness new subway cars arriving for us humans to use. But look at this, […]

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Lessons from Chicago… And Beyond

This past Friday, UrbanCincy ran an article by yours truly that outlined some key differences between Cincinnati and Chicago, based on a few of my observations during a weekend trip back up there in June. A number of aspects were covered, mainly related to urban form and urban design, and the article has sparked quite […]

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High-Speed Rail is Crucial to Our Future

So far, the primary focus of the Metro Cincinnati project has been rapid transit and streetcar service within the Greater Cincinnati region. However, intercity rail connections between Cincinnati and other Midwestern cities cannot be ignored, and we strongly support the construction of those rail connections and the development of a nationwide high-speed rail system. Cincinnati […]

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Eastern Corridor Dispute Highlights Need for Cooperation on Transit Issues

The Cincinnati Enquirer has been covering a divide between Cincinnati and Hamilton County positions on the Eastern Corridor project.  The Enquirer article headlined, “City, suburbs feud over rail” provided only cursory coverage to an issue that reaffirms the need for coordinated transit planning in the Cincinnati region. The Eastern Corridor project, a project over a decade […]

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Streetcar News Roundup

Now that construction is almost certain to begin on the Cincinnati Streetcar this fall, talk has turned to future expansion of the system once the initial phase is up and running. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on a plan to extend the streetcar line into Clifton, to form a transit hub at the University of Cincinnati: […]

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NYC Subway’s Alphabet Soup Explained in 2 Minutes

Ever wonder why the A train is blue on the map but the 6 train is green? Or why you never see an F train on a 2 train platform? Once you learn the method behind MTA subway colors and names, the map will never look the same. New York City’s MTA has put out […]

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WMATA Awards Contract for 7000-Series Railcars

Followers of the Metro Cincinnati project might be interested to know that the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority has awarded Kawasaki the contract to build 428 new railcars, which will be known as the 7000-Series: Last night, Metro awarded a contract to Kawasaki, to manufacture the new 7000 series rail cars, which will replace the 1000 […]

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SORTA Adds Three New Hybrid Buses

Although the main focus of this site concerns rapid transit and streetcar service, the region’s bus system remains a crucial part of our public transit network. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority has announced the purchase of three new hybrid buses, which will join the six hybrid buses the agency already owns. UrbanCincy has the […]

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Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter

The Metro Cincinnati project has now created an official presence in the world of social media. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, click on the links below to stay informed of the latest transit-related news in Cincinnati and to connect with others who care about Cincinnati’s future. Also, RSS feeds for articles and comments are […]

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Cincinnati Streetcar Awarded $25M Federal Grant

It’s old news at this point, but it’s worth noting here that Cincinnati’s Streetcar Project was recently awarded a $25M grant from the Urban Circulator program. This latest infusion of money means the project is now over 90% funded, and virtually assures that construction will begin sometime this fall. Check out the Soapbox article by […]

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