Public Transit Roundup for November 18, 2013

In this week’s roundup, Greenlight Pinellas moves another step closer to hitting the November, 2014 ballot! Let’s take a look at the headlines!

Service Change Alerts

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) has enacted its service changes for 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 20, 23, and 58 in the Southside region (Norfolk, VA Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake) today (November 24, 2013). Please visit my blog post to see what the changes are about! For updated schedules, please visit HRT’s website at www.gohrt.com.

Thanksgiving Holiday Transit Services/Schedules

Many transit districts will have limited to no service on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28) and on Black Friday (Friday, November 29). Please visit my blog post for information pertaining to HART, PSTA, MCAT, SCAT, PCPT, LYNX, HRT, and several other districts throughout Central Florida and beyond.

Top Stories for the week of November 18, 2013

Greenlight Pinellas takes another leap forward!

This past week, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) board took a major step on November 20 by formally endorsing the Greenlight Pinellas plan. Greenlight Pinellas is a comprehensive transportation expansion plan that would eliminate the property tax as the main source of funding for public transit in Pinellas County and replace it with a one percent sales tax. The plan also includes various bus service improvements, lays out the groundwork for future passenger rail services, and will also assist in roadway and pedestrian facility improvements.

Among other highlights of last week’s developments, changes in the draft ballot language were made to clarify what voters would be asked to vote for next year. The phrase “light rail” was replaced with “passenger rail”, which expands rail discussion to possible commuter rail connections with other areas such as Tampa and the northern counties.

I will have a blog post up in December that highlights the successes of the Greenlight Pinellas plan thus far and what challenges remain ahead for the new year.

Sources: PSTA Blog, Tampa Bay Times – 11/20/13.

Feasibility studies launch for an eastward extension of the Paris subway Line 10.

For a while now, it has been highly speculated that the Line 10 of the Paris Metro will one day be extended beyond its current eastern terminus at the Gare d’Austerlitz railway station. The STIF has voted to begin feasibility studies to extend the Line 10 to the municipality of Ivry-sur-Seine, with a possible second extension towards Vitry-sur-Seine.

Source: Région Île-de-France (In French) – 11/20/13.

Other Transit-Related Headlines

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Have a great week!

HARTride 2012

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