A proposal to greatly
accelerate construction of a dozen transit projects and expedite highway improvement
projects in Los Angeles County was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority Board of Directors. The 30/10 initiative, first proposed by Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, would seek federal assistance to build
within the next decade a series of light rail, subway and rapid bus projects
throughout Los Angeles County. The Board also voted to explore federal funding
or public private partnerships to expedite local highway improvements.
St. Louis Metro
has received notice from the Missouri State Budget Director that the remaining
balance of the $12-million emergency appropriation approved in the last
legislative session will not be disbursed to the Agency by the State of
There will be no train service
between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations in
northern Virginia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 28 to 31), and
the first two weekends in June (June 4 to 6 and June 11-13) as the Dulles
Corridor Metrorail Project will undertake the first in a series of major
construction activities that will eventually connect the new rail line to the
existing Metrorail system.
The Twinsburg Road
railroad crossing in Macedonia, Ohio, will be a little less noisy in the
future, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Macedonia City Council signed off on
a deal that will create a federally sanctioned ''quiet zone'' at the tracks,
located in a residential area where Macedonia, Hudson, Northfield Center
Township and Boston Heights meet.
L.B. Foster Co. and Portec Rail
Products, Inc., say they are reviewing their options following a judge's action
Wednesday enjoining the completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer to acquire all
of Portec Rail's issued and outstanding common stock.
joined RailPros, Inc., as a senior signal manger. He has 33 years of railroad
signaling experience, including 17 years with Southern Pacific, and broad
experience as a consulting engineer. He was responsible for signal design
system-wide for Southern Pacific and has directed numerous design and
construction projects for commuter, freight and transit clients.
On April 21, BNSF introduced its new Memphis Intermodal Facility to customers, community
and state leaders during the facility's grand opening ceremony. BNSF's Memphis
Intermodal Facility is now fully operational after a $200-million expansion and
The Association of
American Railroads said that Charles Keltner, a BNSF employee from Fort Worth,
Texas, has been awarded this year's John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence
Award. U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) also was honored with the
Congressional Chafee Award, which each year goes to a member of Congress who
demonstrates dedication to the environment.
The Chicago Transit
Authority is advising customers that trains traveling on the Orange Line
between Midway and the Loop are operating at no more than 35 mph while repairs
are made to the signaling system along the rail line. CTA has a thorough maintenance and
safety system in place and while performing inspections along the Orange Line,
a potential defect with a component of the signaling system was discovered.