At about the time Tampa wasn't qualifying for light rail funding several many years ago, another system was using monies that might have easily been slated for the Tampa Rail Project, had we been in position politically and with local funding. The system that got funded instead was the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail project. I was at a job interview in Jersey City last week when I accidently stumbled on the Hudson-Bergen line in person. I was, naturally, ecstatic.
The Hudson-Bergen in action, straight from my cell phone cam.
You'll notice that in terms of its overall appearance and operating mass, the system looks a lot like a slightly modified Teco Line Streetcar system. It's an opportune moment for me and TR readers to see just how far you can take a starter line, even a heritage line with a starter presumption for light rail.
Again, I am in the process of relocating the New York City so TR is in temporary idle mode. You can catch up on my progress at my personal blog.