Wisconsin & Southern
Railroad Co. continues with its welded rail installation on the Madison Sub. As
of October, 14 miles of rail have already been installed by crews, extending
from Vincent Street at Milton Jct. to just east of Stoughton, Wis. M/W forces
are currently focusing on dumping ballast on the track and raising and tamping
for final alignment before winter freeze-up.
International Airport on reached a pivotal deal for its runway extension
project, the Gary Post-Tribune reports. The agreement with Canadian National
Railway allows the Gary airport to proceed with the removal of CN's embankment
at the end of the runway -- one of the biggest undertakings of the project. The
Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority approved the deal Oct. 28, with CN
expected to sign on within 10 days.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors approved the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) for the Westside Subway
Extension and Regional Connector projects, clearing the way for both projects
to enter final environmental review and preliminary engineering.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
said $32 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program will go to
construct a multi-modal transportation station in downtown Joliet. The new
transportation center is expected to create 650 jobs, laying the groundwork for
future transit-oriented development in downtown Joliet.
The Washington State
Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City of Vancouver Nov. 3 will
celebrate completion of the first of four projects to help make passenger rail
a more viable alternative for travelers up and down the I-5 corridor. The $11-million
Vancouver Rail - Rail Bypass and W. 39th Street Bridge project built a two-lane
vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian bridge that takes W. 39th Street up over seven
sets of railroad tracks in the Vancouver rail yard.
Brown, Orange and
southbound Green Line trains will be temporarily rerouted in the Loop from 4
a.m. Saturday, November 6, until approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, November 7, as Chicago
Transit Authority crews install a new signal control facility at Van Buren and
Wabash. The work is part of CTA's continuing efforts to upgrade the signal and
train control systems in the Loop.
support rail transportation, both freight and passenger, must feel like they've
been on a roll this month--finally. They've worked long and hard, and they
deserve some good news, according to and editorial in the Ft. Worth Star
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood announced the distribution of $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects
nationwide, and the American Public Transportation Association released the
results of a large travel survey which shows that nearly two-thirds of adults
(62 percent) said they would definitely or probably use high-speed rail service
for leisure or business travel if it were an option. The survey, among 24, 711
adults, was conducted for APTA by Synovate.
Washington State has been
awarded $31 million in federal money for railroad projects in the state, the Seattle
Times reports. More than $18.2 million will go to seismically retrofit King
Street Station in Seattle and its clock tower, as well as restore the station's
main hall and other upgrades at the station. The project is a partnership with
the state, Amtrak, the city of Seattle, Sound Transit and BNSF.