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LIGHT RAIL, TRANSIT, AND COMMUTER RAIL NEWS BY GEORGE M. SMERK Boston’s Green Line Beyond Lechmere


BOSTON’S MBTA GREEN LINE light rapid tran- sit service is in the process of being extended beyond Lechmere to Somerville and Medford. The extension is a 4.7-mile, seven-station un- dertaking that is expected to cost about $2.3 billion, according to the latest estimates. The Federal Transit Administration is planning to put more than $96 million into the project. A new Lechmere station will be the start-


ing point for a branch to Union Square in Somerville, and another branch to College Avenue in Medford. The Medford Line is expected to open for revenue service by late 2017. The rest of the extension is expected to be open by 2025. The Green Line extension is a legally bind-


This comprehensive roster of Amtrak’s passenger cars and motive power in service during the company’s first 40 years is fully illustrated with a mixture of lineside scenes and roster views. Roster information is presented in a spreadsheet format with introductory text, grouped by major categories such as steam-heated cars, Heritage fleet, Amfleet,


Superliners, diesel locomotives, and electric locomotives.


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Lehigh & New England


The Lehigh & New England was a bridge carrier stretching from Anthracite country in northeastern Pennsylvania to the gateway yard at Maybrook, New York. This Carstens Classic features rare photos of this anthracite carrier in its final twenty years. Enjoy great photos of Camelbacks and conventional steam, to transition era diesels including Alco FAs and road switchers.


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ing environmental mitigation as a result of the recently completed Big Dig highway proj- ect, in which Interstate 95 was put under- ground and the unsightly elevated segments in downtown Boston were torn down. To com- pensate for the environmental cost of the Big Dig, the Green Line extension was promised. The light rail extension is expected to provide substantial economic benefits for the suburbs of Somerville and Medford. In other Boston news, the MBTA has awarded contracts to CNR MA Corporation for 284 new rapid transit cars for the Red and Orange Lines. Some 152 new cars will replace the current 32-year-old Orange Line fleet.


On the Red Line, 132 new cars will replace 44-year-old equipment; there is an option for an additional 58 Red Line cars. The new rolling stock promises to be more reliable and more comfortable than the old cars. CNR MA is building a new facility in Springfield, Mass., to assemble the cars, and plant construction is to begin in 2015. Pilot Orange Line cars are to be delivered early in 2018, with Red Line pilot cars following in 2019. Completion of the project with d elivery of optional Red Line cars is projected by 2023. Thanks to Peter Perreault for the news.


Bike Sharing in Los Angeles


The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transporta- tion Authority is developing the notion of a large-scale bike-sharing program to com- plement its rail and bus services. Initially, the bike-sharing program is slated for Los Angeles and Pasadena; if successful, it will be expanded. A $2.2 million dollar federal grant will help to establish the program. Similar programs have been successful in San Francisco, New York City, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. It will be interesting to see if the City of Angels moves ahead with the program. Another experiment to make travel by


transit more convenient is personalized cell phone messages. The Beacon Project is to


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