Rail Transit Projects Currently Under Construction

December 19, 2012 14 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Urban rail-based mass transit projects are becoming reality in many cities as Jacksonville continues to remain on the sidelines. Here is a list of projects currently under construction throughout the country as cities position themselves for 21st century economic development.



Heavy Metrorail: 53 miles total


Example of Heavy Rail: Chicago's 'L'

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 1 - 12 miles



Light Rail: 124 miles total


Example of Light Rail: Denver's RTD

Dallas Orange line - 10 miles
Denver West & 225 lines - 14 miles
Houston East End, Southeast, and North lines - 14 miles
Los Angeles Expo, Gold, and Crenshaw lines - 29 miles
Minneapolis Central corridor - 11 miles
Phoenix Mesa extension - 3 miles
Portland Orange line - 7 miles
Sacramento Green line and Cosumnes extensions - 5 miles
Salt Lake City Airport & Draper lines - 8 miles
San Francisco Central subway - 2 miles
Seattle University & Northgate links - 7 miles


Commuter Rail: 240 miles total


Example of Commuter Rail: South Florida's Tri-Rail

Boston Wachusett extension - 5 miles
Denver East & Gold lines, and NW phase 1 - 40 miles
New Jersey Lackawanna cutoff - 7 miles
New York LIRR east access - 4 miles
Orlando Sunrail phase 1 - 31 miles
Providence Wickford extension - 20 miles
Salt Lake City Front Runner south - 44 miles
San Francisco eBART & SMART - 80 miles
Seattle Lakewood line - 8 miles


Streetcar: 17 miles total


Example of a Streetcar: New Orleans Canal Street Streetcar

Atlanta - 1.4 miles
Cincinnati - 2 miles
New Orleans Union Terminal line - 1.5 miles
Salt Lake City - 2.7 miles
Seattle 1st Hill - 2.5 miles
Tucson - 3.9 miles
Washington H St & Anacostia lines - 3 miles

List courtesy of Cirrus at http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=198794