As the city ponders how
to pay for light-rail budget overruns, the Hampton Roads Transit board took
action Sept. 23 to help control project costs, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The
board approved changes in the final large contract for rail construction that
HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet said will allow the agency to avoid
spending an additional "few million dollars."
(The following editorial by
Mike Norman appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.) Time for a Fort Worth
streetcar update -- or, as I call it, the local obsession that won't go away.
Public support for rail
service from Pittsfield, N.Y., to New York City is gaining steam, according to a
survey of potential riders who expressed strong interest in the idea, the Berkshire
September 24-26, Metro in
the Washington, D.C., area will install new crossties, upgrade its track and
trim weeds on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines to improve long-term
reliability and service. As a result of this work, which is critical to
maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up
to 30 minutes.
MTA Long Island Bus will
provide bus and van service in place of four Long Island Rail Road trains at
three Port Washington Branch stations in the early morning of Saturday,
September 25, in order to allow overnight track inspections. LIRR customers
will be able to transfer between trains and buses/vans at the Great Neck
Station, and should allow up to 30 minutes of additional travel time in either
Due to bridge repair work
in the Rail Runner corridor, the #502 train from Belen (8:50am) and the #505
train from Santa Fe (11:20am) will be cancelled, Sunday, September 26, between
8:50 am and 1:00 p.m. The two later trains will still run on their normal
The Metropolitan Council awarded
Aldridge/Collisys, a joint venture, an $87.9-million systems contract to build
the traction-power substations and overhead contact system for the Central
Corridor LRT Project. Aldridge/Collisys
also will construct the communications system, train-to-wayside communications,
radio, public address system and train control system with control centers,
wayside signals and remotely controlled power-operated switches.
The public is invited to a
community meeting about the San Bruno, Calif., Grade Separation Project from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at Belle Air School in San Bruno. The meeting
will include a presentation on the project, which will elevate the Caltrain
tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. The project also includes
a new elevated train station between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues that will
replace the current station, three pedestrian underpasses and a new parking lot
with 191 spaces. In addition, Posy Park and the streets and sidewalks in the
neighborhood will be improved.
(The following column,
"Don't let this opportunity slip away: Keep Hudson rail tunnel project on
track," was written by Martin E. Robins and appeared Sept. 23, 2010, in
the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger. Robins is director emeritus of the Alan M.
Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, was the original project
director of Access to the Region's Core from 1994 through 1998.) No one can blame Gov. Chris
Christie for his 30-day moratorium on the Access to the Region's Core project,
the enormous undertaking to build a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson
River. But he must do everything in his power not to let this extraordinarily
valuable public works project slip away over exaggerated fears of future costs
that may never materialize.