MTA New York City Transit
is beginning an Alternatives Analysis Study that will look at improving transit
service on the North Shore of Staten Island. The first open house will be held
on April 22 to discuss the re-use of the former Staten Island Railway North
Shore Branch. The public is invited to come and comment on potential
alternatives to be considered, the goals and objectives of the study and other
A familiar Philip Shucet
project from his days as commissioner of the Virginia Department of
Transportation is now coming to Hampton Roads Transit, local media report.
On April 22, Shucet, now president of HRT, will unveil the "HRT Performance
Dashboard." The online tracking tool allows the public to see how efficiently
HRT is completing tasks.
As the Senate
contemplates sweeping climate change legislation, the OneRail Coalition
submitted a letter to Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
and Joseph Leiberman (I-Conn.) urging them to carefully weigh the implications
of such a policy on different transportation modes. The group urged the
Senators to "ensure that such funds could not be misallocated to the detriment
of sustainable, environmentally favorable and energy efficient transportation
(The following editorial appeared
in the Christian Science Monitor.) Unlike in the United States, air passengers
stranded in Europe because of the effects of a volcano have more transportation
options with highly interconnected and efficient trains, buses, and ferries.
A railroad lifeline to
hundreds of jobs in Jackson, Vinton and Ross counties in Ohio will be made
stronger as a project to improve service, reliability and safety on the City of
Jackson-owned line that got the official notice to proceed from the Ohio Rail
Development Commission. The notice to proceed has been sent to city officials.
for surface improvements to Tower 55 will begin soon following an April 8 vote
to fund the project by the Regional Transportation Council, the Ft. Worth Business
Press reports. The at-grade surface improvements for the congested Tower 55 rail
yard, widely considered to be the most congested rail yard in the United
States, are expected to cost about $95 million. The yard sits at the southwest
corner of the intersection of interstates 35-W and 30.
Portec Rail Group‐Sheffield,
part of Portec Rail Products, Inc., appointed Mark Allen as the Head of
Engineering (Rail) U.K. Allen
brings a wealth of specialist experience from within the U.K. rail industry. He
joined the Rail industry via the
Railtrack U.K. Graduate Training Scheme in 1997 having achieved a degree in
civil engineering and engineering management and being previously employed
within the civil engineering sector.
Improvements to Metra's
Union Pacific West Line this spring and summer run the gamut from expediting
freight trains to stopping pedestrians from zipping around lowered crossing
gates, the Daily Herald reports. The joint Metra/Union
Pacific project started in 2009 and will finish in 2011, but commuters in
DuPage and Kane counties should see some significant changes this year,
officials said at a Metra board meeting.
U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff said
that Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) of
Portland, Ore., will receive $2.4 million in federal research funds to support
the development of streetcar components that will be made in the U.S.A.
will use the funds to support the development of a domestically-produced
streetcar propulsion system, as well as initial work to develop a streetcar
that can operate for short distances without power from overhead wires,
allowing the potential for streetcar service to be introduced where historic,
environmental, or other concerns limit the installation of overhead wires.
Port officials in Coos Bay,
Ore., expect to sign a deal with Union Pacific as soon as next week to take
control of the rail line between the North Spit and Coquille, The World
reports. Port commissioners approved an agreement that Executive Director
Jeffery Bishop has been working on for nearly a year, said spokesman Martin
Callery. The deal means rail service can reopen as soon as next year, all the
way from Eugene to Coquille -- an important step for southern Coos County shippers.