Washington State will do
a detailed traffic study of its plan to route passenger trains traveling up to
79 miles an hour through South Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont, despite previously
calling such a study unnecessary, the News Tribune reports. The Washington
State Department of Transportation said that it's required to conduct the
assessment as a condition for using federal stimulus money to pay for the $91-million
A Louisiana House committee
took the first steps toward setting up a means to establish train or light rail
services in regions of the state, the New Orelans Times Picayune reports. The Committee on
Transportation, Highways and Public Works gave unanimous support to House Bill
1410 by Rep. Michael Jackson, I-Baton Rouge, a longtime proponent of rail and
mass transit. The bill now heads to the House floor for debate.
Steady growth across the
Triangle near Raleigh, N.C., will make traffic worse over the next decade, and
thousands of students and workers will be eager to park the car and catch a
train, the News & Observer reports. That's the forecast in a new report on
demand for commuter trains that would run every 40 minutes during the morning
and afternoon rush hours. Now the area will have to see whether taxpayers,
elected leaders and commuters buy into the idea.
Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) informed clients that Côte-Sainte-Catherine métro station must
be closed temporarily so it may carry out major repairs. Access to the station
will remain closed to clients at all times from May 17 to August 22
Signaling its most forceful
objection yet - and perhaps protracted court battles - Union Pacific has
notified the California high-speed rail authority that it will fight the
state's newest plans to run bullet trains from the South Bay to the Central
Valley, including along Monterey Highway in San Jose, the Mercury News reports.
Canada said that as of May 11, travel times on the Montréal-Ottawa route will
improve with the introduction of new schedules. Trip times will be shortened by
as much as 15 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains
will be changed to better suit customer needs.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
customers can now obtain train fare information via cell phone text message
from CooCoo, the Long Island-based text engine company that has been providing
train schedules and service updates via cell phone at no extra cost beyond the
phone company's standard texting fee.
Sound Transit contractors
will complete final installation of light rail track switch heaters May 14-16
on the main tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance
Facility. Link trains will be delayed starting Friday, May 14th at 10 p.m.
through the start of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.
The Jo-Carroll Depot
Local Redevelopment Authority, LRA, is accelerating plans for development and
jobs at Savanna Depot Park after the federal government agreed to expedite the
property transfers needed for the proposed railcar mall and other development.
J.L. Patterson &
Associates, Inc., a transportation-engineering firm providing engineering
design, construction management and staff augmentation to public and private
sector clientele, as a sub-consultant to David Evans and Associates, Inc., will
be providing engineering design management, track design and structures design
services for the Oregon Department of Transportation's High Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail Project. The scope of work includes National Environmental
Policy Act and Preliminary Engineering Services.