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Valley Metro

A RENDERING of what the Tempe
Streetcar will look like once in

OC Transpo

PASSENGERS BOARD the Confederation Line.

Confederation Line opens in Ottawa
Capping decades of planning, construction, frustrating delays and a few
controversies, Line 1, the Confederation Line, opened Sept. 14 in Ottawa,
Ontario. The C$2.13-billion (US$1.6 billion) light-rail project runs along a
12.5-kilometer (7.7-mile) route with 13 stations, including four underground,
and connects Tunney's Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east.
The city of Ottawa says the O-Train Confederation Line is a "world-class
transit system" with trains arriving every five minutes or less. The line is
expected to carry up to 10,700 passengers per hour in each direction during
weekday peak periods, which would make it one of the busiest light-rail lines
in North America. Construction on the line began in 2013 by Rideau Transit
Group (RTG) partners, which was awarded the contract to design, build and
finance the project, and to maintain it for the next 30 years.

Chicago's bus priority zone
program gets financial boost
▶ Chicago

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said
the Bus Priority Zone Program, a joint
initiative between the Chicago Transit
Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department
of Transportation (CDOT), would see a
quadrupling of its budget from $5 million
to $20 million. The program is designed
to improve bus travel times and make
service more reliable on seven core
routes. The Bus Priority Zone Program
was announced this spring and CDOT
is set to begin work on the first element
in a series of projects along 79th Street,
which is served by the #79 bus route,
one of the city's highest ridership routes.
Among the improvements being made
are two dedicated red CTA bus-only

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lanes to help move buses through the
corridor more quickly and new overhead
signage, technologies and queue jump
signals to improve traffic light timing to
allow buses to move through an intersection ahead of regular traffic. Project
work includes, but is not limited to, the
installation of designated bus-only lanes,
new pavement markings, street-level and
overhead signage, optimizing of bus stop
locations, as well as other operational
and safety improvements such as curb
extensions and pedestrian refuge islands.

Tempe Streetcar secures
$75-million grant through
CIG program
▶ Valley

Mass Transit | | NOVEMBER 2019

Metro has been awarded a

$75-million grant from the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) through the
Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program
for the Tempe Streetcar project. Tempe
Streetcar will serve one of the highest
transit ridership centers in the region
and serve 14 stops along three miles.
In an announcement for the grant, FTA
said the transit infrastructure project
will improve mobility and transit service
through the historic downtown Tempe
area, which is the city's government and
financial center, linking riders to Arizona
State University and Valley Metro's
existing light-rail system. The Tempe
Streetcar is scheduled to open in 2021
and will connect downtown Tempe,
Arizona State University and the emerging employment corridor of Rio Salado
Parkway, which connects existing light
rail serving Phoenix, Mesa and Phoenix
Sky Harbor International Airport. The
total project cost is $192.4 million and includes a request of $75 million in federal
transit infrastructure grants, as well as
regional funding through Prop 400 and
local private-public partnerships.

Chicago Transit Authority

CITY, STATE, federal and transit
officials helped break ground on
Phase One of the RPM Project.

CTA begins Phase One of
$2.1-billion Red and Purple
Modernization Project
▶ The

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
and the city of Chicago officially began

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mass Transit

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
NRC Chairman's Column
A Robust Safety Culture Enhances an Entire System
U.S. Transit Safety and Security Report 2019
Going Vertical: The Upside of Multi-Level Transit Facilities
Considering the Rail Passenger Purview
Best Practices
Social Hubs
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