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Old Posted Apr 12, 2012, 7:06 PM
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List of American rail transit currently under construction

It's quite a boom, really. This is under construction only, as best as I can figure. If your line is planned but not under construction yet, or if it recently finished (looking at you Norfolk & Pittsburgh) then tough luck, you're out.
  • Heavy Metrorail: 57 miles total
    • Honolulu - 20 miles
    • New York 2nd Ave subway and #7 extension - 3 miles
    • San Francisco Warm Springs/Berryessa extension - 16 miles
    • Washington Silver line phase 2 - 16 miles
  • Light Rail: 116 miles total
    • Charlotte Blue line extension - 9 miles
    • Dallas Orange line - 10 miles
    • Denver 225 line - 11 miles
    • Houston East End and Southeast lines - 9 miles
    • Los Angeles Expo, Gold, Crenshaw, & Regional connector lines - 29 miles
    • Phoenix Mesa & Northwest extensions - 6 miles
    • Portland Orange line - 7 miles
    • Sacramento Green line and Cosumnes extensions - 5 miles
    • San Francisco Central subway - 2 miles
    • Seattle University, Northgate, & South 200th links - 9 miles
  • Commuter Rail: 155 miles total
    • Boston Wachusett extension - 5 miles
    • Denver East & Gold, NW (phase 1) lines - 45 miles
    • Denver North line - 13 miles
    • Los Angeles Perris extension - 24 miles
    • New Jersey Lackawanna cutoff - 7 miles
    • New York LIRR east access - 4 miles
    • San Francisco eBART & SMART - 48 miles
    • Seattle Lakewood line - 8 miles
  • Streetcar: 17.2 miles total
    • Atlanta - 1.4 miles
    • Charlotte phase 1 - 1.5 miles
    • Cincinnati - 2 miles
    • Detroit - 3.3 miles
    • Kansas City phase 1 - 2 miles
    • New Orleans Union Terminal line - 1.5 miles
    • Seattle 1st Hill - 2.5 miles
    • Washington H St & Anacostia lines - 3 miles
  • Other modes: 3.2 miles total
    • Oakland Airport/BART connector - 3.2 miles

Now opened, and therefore removed from the list:
  • Miami Airport Link - 2 miles of heavy metrorail
  • Seattle's Lakewood commuter rail extension (was never on the list; we missed it)
  • Portland Eastside - 3.3 miles
  • Dallas Blue line - 5 miles
  • Denver West line - 12 miles
  • Salt Lake City Sugarhouse streetcar - 2.7 miles
  • Orlando Sunrail phase 1 - 31 miles
  • Houston North light rail - 5 miles
  • Salt Lake City Airport & Draper light rail lines - 8 miles
  • Salt Lake City Front Runner south commuter rail - 44 miles
  • Minneapolis Central corridor LRT - 11 miles
  • Washington Silver line Metro phase 1 - 12 miles
  • Tucson streetcar - 3.9 miles
  • Providence Wickford extension - 20 miles
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Old Posted Apr 12, 2012, 7:14 PM
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Isn't Honolulu considered somewhere in between Heavy and Light Rail. I was under the impression is very comparable to the Vancouver SkyTrain.
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To make a correction, Houston's Uptown and University lines aren't being constructed yet, and might not be for some time (sadly), so that brings the milage total in Houston down from 28 miles to about 15.3 miles.
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San Diego is working on an 11-mile mid-coast extension for the trolley to UCSD and UTC, although I'm not sure if any actual construction has started yet since part of that project will be using an existing rail corridor.
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Dallas will start building a 2 mile streetcar line later this year, and is already extending about a 1/2 mile an existing streetcar line.
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Seattle will start the 2 mile First Hill Streetcar this month. This will connect the King Street / International District dual stations with First Hill (hospitals, housing, and Seattle U) and the new Light Rail tunnel station currently going in on Capitol Hill.

Won't run anywhere near often enough. Grrr.
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Isn't Honolulu considered somewhere in between Heavy and Light Rail. I was under the impression is very comparable to the Vancouver SkyTrain.
Yes, it's in between. I suppose I could move it if people really want me to.

But getting into the weeds of details like that would be a major headache, and would really go beyond the scope of this list. The projects have to be categorized somehow, and there are plenty of discrepancies. Seattle's light rail is also sort of in between because it operates more like heavy rail. There are also major differences in the quality of the commuter rail projects. Some of them (such as Denver) are going to run basically like light rail, whereas others will only be a few trains per day.
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To make a correction, Houston's Uptown and University lines aren't being constructed yet, and might not be for some time (sadly), so that brings the milage total in Houston down from 28 miles to about 15.3 miles.
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The Gold Line is a planned commuter rail line between Denver Union Station and Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The Gold Line is part of the FasTracks project, and will be operated by Denver Transit Partners as part of the Eagle P3 public-private partnership. The line received final approval from the Federal Transit Administration in November 2009, and groundbreaking occurred on 31 August 2011, at a ceremony in Olde Town Arvada where US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the approval of a $1 billion grant to fund the project. Completion of the line is expected in 2016.

The line will be 11.2 miles (18.0 km) in length, and is expected to cost $590.5 million. There will be a total of eight stations: Union Station, 41st Avenue, Pecos, Federal, Sheridan, Olde Town, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road...

...Eagle P3 is scheduled to be completed in two phases. Phase one includes the construction of the East Corridor and a part of the section of the Northwest Corridor included in Eagle P3, as well as the maintenance facility. Also undertaken during this phase is the design work for the Gold Corridor and the remaining part of the Northwest Corridor included in Eagle P3, the purchase of rolling stock and the electrification of trackage in Denver Union Station. The second phase of the project is the construction of the Gold and Northwest Corridors that were designed during phase one.

Construction of the East Corridor began in August 2010 and the groundbreaking for the Gold Corridor took place in August 2011. Completion of the East and Gold Corridors is expected in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

On 21 October 2011, Wabtec signed a $63 million contract with Denver Transit Partners to construct the positive train control system for the Eagle P3 commuter rail lines. The contract included installation of the signaling and communications systems, a dispatch center and other management services...

...Under the terms of Eagle P3, a private company is responsible for designing, building, partially financing, operating and maintaining (DBFOM) two commuter rail corridors, the East Corridor and the Gold Line, as well as a maintenance facility for commuter rail equipment and an 8.4 kilometres (5.2 mi) segment of the Northwest Corridor. Additionally, the private company is responsible for the operation of the North Metro line and the maintenance of facilities on the Northwest Corridor line. The contract stipulates that the Regional Transportation District owns all assets involved and collects all revenues generated, while Denver Transit Partners assumes all risks involved in the project's operation. In return, the RTD will make monthly payments to Denver Transit Partners, a total of $7.1 billion over the length of the operation. Eagle P3 is the first full DBFOM transit public-private partnership in the United States.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_P3
So would it be more like this?

Commuter Rail: 233.4 miles total
Denver East line - 23 miles
Denver Gold line - 11.2 miles
Denver NWES - 5.2 miles
New Jersey Lackawanna cutoff - 7 miles
New York LIRR east access - 4 miles
Orlando - 31 miles
Providence Wickford extension - 20 miles
Salt Lake City Front Runner south - 44 miles
San Francisco eBART lines - 80 miles
Seattle Lakewood line - 8 miles
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Well, if you count reconstruction (of core infrastructure), rehabilitation & modernization (of vehicles and facilities)...
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This. Chicago's infrastructure plans are very exciting, even if no new rail is being built.
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BART is now constructing 16 miles of heavy rail:


Transit and political leaders in San Jose to help break ground on BART extension
April 12, 2012
San Jose Mercury News

Dignitaries from across the country are gathering in San Jose today to break ground for the BART-to-San Jose extension.

The $3.2 billion BART line from Fremont to East San Jose is the biggest public works project ever in Silicon Valley. The 16-mile extension will be fully completed in late 2016, with stations at Warm Springs, Milpitas and south of Berryessa Road.
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Here's a couple relevent graphics from yesterday's Mercury News:




http://www.mercurynews.com/traffic/c...gets-under-way

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What a cool list. Great news about the new BART line. I'm more intrigued by the 80 mile eBART stat.
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Also in the Bay Area, as of the 27th of this month, construction begins on the 37-mile initial segment of SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit) commuter rail, between Santa Rosa and San Rafael.

SMART explains its rail construction plan
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April 10, 2012

The rail line from Santa Rosa to Petaluma will be a construction zone the next several months as the track is rehabilitated for commute trains.
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Construction will start April 27 near Third Street in Santa Rosa and work south through Rohnert Park, Cotati to Petaluma.
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And then there's SF's Central Subway, a 1.7 mile underground light rail extension to Chinatown. I'm not sure when to consider a project under construction--they're underground along the new route moving utilities and whatnot, but tunnel boring has not yet begun as far as I know. Wikipedia lists the Central Subway as under construction:

Wikipedia:
The Central Subway is an extension of the Muni Metro light rail system in San Francisco, California, from the Caltrain commuter rail depot at 4th and King streets to Chinatown. The subway is the second phase of the Third Street Light Rail Project. Ground was broken for the new route on February 9, 2010, and is currently scheduled for completion by 2019.
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This. Chicago's infrastructure plans are very exciting, even if no new rail is being built.

There are 4 expansion proposals in this link 3 of them look good. But some fourmers are very passionate for hating the Starline proposal. Fine what ever, the other 3 should progress. When or if they get done?

http://metraconnects.metrarail.com/


The 33-mile SouthEast Service (SES) is proposed to run along existing freight and passenger railroad tracks, enhancing Metra's commuter rail service between the south suburbs and downtown Chicago. The SES line would link close to 20 communities in south Suburban Cook and Will counties, providing new opportunities for travel to downtown Chicago and economic growth and development for the south suburbs.
This new line would provide commuting opportunities for a fast growing, underserved corridor of the south suburbs.

http://metraconnects.metrarail.com/ses.php



Improvements along the
UPW Line would:
■Provide expanded service and more transit options for commuters traveling into Chicago's Central Business District
■Provide reverse-commuting options to address growing trends in public transportation
■Spur economic growth by attracting new jobs and businesses that wish to take advantage of transit-oriented development
■Eliminate bottlenecks, allowing for more efficient operation of trains and reduced delays resulting in commuter time savings
■Increase the line's core capacity to help serve the strong anticipated growth in employment
http://metraconnects.metrarail.com/upw.php



Improvements along the
UP-NW Line would:
■Provide expanded service and more transit options for commuters traveling into Chicago's Central Business District
■Provide reverse-commuting options to address growing trends in public transportation
■Spur economic growth by attracting new jobs and businesses that wish to take advantage of transit-oriented development
■Allow for the construction of two new rail yards to permit more train capacity and consolidate operations thereby promoting cost efficiency and providing more travel options for commuters
■Increase the line's core capacity to help serve the strong anticipated growth in employment


http://metraconnects.metrarail.com/upnw.php





I am not going to look it up but the CTA also will be undergoing major improvements and I have heard possible plans on extending some of the lines some day.
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For Sacramento, hopefully we'll see the next phase of the Blue Line in the south part of town begin construction within the year, but haven't heard much on that in a while.

The Green Line starter segment should be running in another month or two. Extension to Natomas and the airport? More funding please.

Planning for the streetcar from West Sac to midtown Sac has landed on a new route recently, taking it right past the site of the new intermodal terminal and arena.
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Yes, it's in between. I suppose I could move it if people really want me to.

But getting into the weeds of details like that would be a major headache, and would really go beyond the scope of this list. The projects have to be categorized somehow, and there are plenty of discrepancies. Seattle's light rail is also sort of in between because it operates more like heavy rail. There are also major differences in the quality of the commuter rail projects. Some of them (such as Denver) are going to run basically like light rail, whereas others will only be a few trains per day.
Thats why the term "heavy rail" and "light rail" is actually becoming antiquated, because there are soooo many different forms in between.

So a better way to list these projects (not including the commuter rail or streetcar) would be "fully grade separated" or "non fully grade separated"

Simply because that is the strict definition of a true metro, if it is fully grade separated or not. From there a grade separated rail can be split into light metro, heavy metro, automated, etc...

So, Honolulu would be fully grade separated while Seattle's would not, due to its at grade crossings and running along the road in areas.

Also, just as an fyi, places like Vancouver even further blur the "LRT" "HRT" border with the Canada line, which actually uses full HRT subway cars, but only runs 2 car train sets as of now (but automated).

PS - Metro-Vancouver is building 11 km of new grade separated skytrain (RRT = rapid rail transit) this year, pre construction, such as clearing and prepping utilities has already started.
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