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coach. Eventually the line will be extended to Fisherman's Wharf. The bad news is that the city's budget crisis, perhaps the worst in history, dooms the possibility of Muni-funded his toric streetcar service over the J line this summer. Muni and the other Bay Area transit systems will receive 13 percent less funding this fiscal year; at the may or's request, Muni must cut its budget by $31 million. A fare hike from 85 cents to $1 or higher is inevitable.

V ancouver
SKYTRAlN STATION CANCELED : One of three planned stations on the Skytrain ex tension now being built to Whalley has been deleted. Private developers were to fund most of the cost of building the sta tions on the line but the company pledged to the 100th Avenue station in Surrey in formed BC Transit that it was no longer interested in the deal.

station now accept $5 bills. The Trolley wants to expand that capability to all ma chines, and to reconfigure so that patrons can buy $4 Day Tripper tickets ; currently, these are available only at sales outlets. Although all stations are fully accessible to the mobility impaired, they must be fur ther upgraded by July 26, 1993, to comply with federal law. Among the improvements mandated are station ill signs in braille.

G uadalajara E dmonton
A N EEDED EXTENSION:

I ndustry
BOMBARDIER EXPANDS AGAIN: The Montreal carbuilder announced the pur chase of the Mexican carbuilder, Concarril. The transaction was completed in Mexico City for a cash payment of C$27 million plus assumption of liabilities of C$82 mil lion. Concarril was created by the Mexican government in 1954 to build railway rolling stock. It has built both rubber-tired and steel-wheeled subway cars for the Mexican capitol, as well as light rail cars. The firm has been financially troubled in recent years; with approval of the Mexi colU.S. trade treaty is likely that Concar ril/Bombardier may become a low-cost competitor for U. S. car orders. The 1990 census contained a wake up call for U.S. transit operators. National transit ridership grew during the 1980s from 8.6 billion to 8.9 billion. However, market share slipped; the percentage of people using transit to get to work dropped from 6.39 percent to 5.30 percent and the percentage of persons driving alone grew from 64.37 percent to 73.2 per cent. Even carpooling decreased. Howev er, transit was starved for funding during the 1980s and there are signs that funding could improve in the 1990s.

LINE 2 ABUILDING:

By the end of summer, the final 1.5-mile segment of Ed monton's south LRT line should open to service. This extension crosses the North Saskatchewan River and ends at the Uni versity of Alberta, all in tunnel except for the river crossing. There will be a pedway connection from University station to Hub Mall, making this terminal a major traffic generator for the LRT. The C$150 million project is on time and on budget. There will be a future southward extension to Crawford Centre. The river crossing uses the new Dudley B. Menzies Bridge, adja cent to the old Canadian Pacific/road bridge which once also carried streetcars.

Pile driving has be gun for the cut-and-cover portion of light rail line 2, running east-west under Av. Juarez-Javier Mina. This line serves the Central Market and the very center of downtown activity; line 1 skirts the cen tral area and intersects with the new line at Benito Juarez station, which was built with the shell for east-west platforms be low. The 16 red-and-white LRVs on line 1 carry more than 70,000 passengers per day. Some 28 more Concarril cars will be required for line 2, which hopes to open in 1994. Also, officials have discussed or dering 100 more trolley buses-perhaps from Skoda in Czechoslovakia-and an expansion of the TB network which has been greatly reduced by construction of LRT line 2.

C algary

Calgary's three LRT lines are still carrying heavy traffic, but due to the recession there are no major expan sion projects under way. However, the city plans some minor improvements, including rebuilding of track and upgrading of switch es on the Seventh Avenue transit mall downtown, tunnel rehabilitation, and signal work. An order for 10 new light rail cars was put on hold last year, and a further ex tension of the Northwest line is in limbo. Demo cars 3001 and 3002-both a.c. motored are still in daily service in their distinctive white liveries even though the one-year "trial has long since ended. Scott Haskill " reports in the UCRS Newsletter that their return to Edmonton does not appear likely as ETS has low ridership while Calgary needs every car it can get its hands on.
L RT MARKING TIME:

M inneapolis
S TONE ARCH BRIDGE SAVED:

C hicago
F LOOD AFTERMATH:

Metra estimates that the Flood of 1992 cost it $1.5 million in damage and lost work hours at its 547 West Jackson site. But interruption to downtown subways brought extra busi ness to the commuter trains: the Milwau kee North Line reported a 20 percent jump in business during the flood while the C&NW North Line had a 10 percent in crease in passengers.

Minneso ta's legislature has approved purchase of the famous Great Northern Stone Arch Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. The bridge was owned by Hennepin County, which voted to turn the 1883 landmark limestone bridge into a highway in order to receive federal funds for the project. There was a vague promise that the bridge would also eventually be used for light rail, but the state's action will keep autos off the struc ture. It is said that Jim Hill personally de Signed the bridge, which was closed to railroad traffic in 1978.

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Installa tion of concrete platforms and lighting was complete in May at the Santa Fe De pot portion of the Bayside extension, and revenue service to the temporary termi nal at the County Administration Build ing/C Street was scheduled to begin in mid-July. The line will be further extend ed to Old Town along the Santa Fe tracks, to open in 1994, and construction beyond there, through the Mission Valley, is to begin in 1995. Ticket vending machines at San Ysidro

Metro Council has chosen the final alignment for the first light rail line and, contrary to ear lier indications, it would utilize the trolley bus subway which already has tracks in place. The six-mile, $1.1 billion line would be almost entirely underground and would run east from the downtown sector to Broadway, then turn north to the Universi ty District via 15th Avenue NE, Ravenna Boulevard and 1-5 to Northgate. The last 1.5-miles would be on the surface. Fund ing would come mostly from a bond issue to be decided in November.
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