You have to hand it to
the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the 289-kilometre rail corridor on
Vancouver Island, for its ambitious plans to resurrect the ailing rail service,
according to a column in The Daily News. Graham Bruce, the executive director of the ICF, a
coalition of 13 First Nations and local governments formed in 2005 to
revitalize the railway system, said that the foundation has made a formal
application to Via Rail, operator of the Dayliner service, to begin a new
morning southbound train to Victoria that would leave Nanaimo at 6 a.m.
Funding for the
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) project will not affect money available
for bus service, TriMet points out. In Fiscal Year 2013, TriMet is slated to
sell bonds to generate roughly $40 million for its contribution to the
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line. Like a mortgage, these bonds will be paid
incrementally over 25 years or so. TriMet's annual payment will be
approximately $3.2 million for debt service on the bonds. It is important to
stress that this borrowing won't begin until FY13 and has no impact on current
The Michigan Department
of Transportation's looming purchase of privately-owned railroad tracks between
Dearborn and Kalamazoo as part of an improved high-speed rail corridor to
Chicago also will directly benefit a commuter rail project linking Detroit and
Ann Arbor, Crain's Detroit Business reports.
The South Shore is alerting
passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend construction
outages for 2010. The final weekend outage is planned for November 6-8. During
this construction related weekend outage the South Shore Line will not operate
trains or shuttle bus service in either direction between South Bend, Ind., and
Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, November 6 thru 3:00 a.m.
Monday, November 8.
With the aim of heightening
safety standards, Kootenai County, Idaho, is proposing several permit
amendments for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway refueling station
in Hauser, the Coeur d' Alene Press reports. Required by the county
commissioners after the station's compliance hearing last December, the
amendments would specify when the facility shuts down for a major leak, plus
establish new well testing and groundwater monitoring.
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.