system is growing up, with light rail starting next May and passenger rail two
years later, the Virginian-Pilot reports. So its connections to each other need
to mature, too. Toward that end, officials envision a $16-million "multi-modal"
transportation center at Harbor Park downtown, where commuters can move between
light rail, passenger rail, bus, ferry, bike and taxi.
President Barack Obama
announced a robust and reformed transportation infrastructure plan on Labor Day
that will focus on fixing America's roads, railways and runways, investing more
wisely, and establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. In response, Building
America's Future released the following statement:
A former Federal Railroad
Administration deputy administrator, Cliff Eby, has been named interim program
director for the California high-speed rail project. The California high-speed
rail project, with an estimated total price tag of $40 billion, envisions
220-mph passenger trains connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles.
A pair of businesses that
flank the Chester Branch railroad have said they plan to take advantage of the rail
line that is being rebuilt with federal stimulus funding, the Daily Record
As part of BART's system-wide
Earthquake Safety Program, work is in progress to strengthen West Oakland,
Calif., Station against earthquakes. The agency will need to close both
elevators temporarily. Westbound, platform #1, and Eastbound, platform #2
elevators at West Oakland Station will be temporarily out of service for
Metrorail customers in the
Washington, D.C., can now get real-time next train arrival information by
phone, in addition to online and via
web-enabled mobile devices.
may simply call Metro's Customer Information phone number, 202-637-7000, and
say "Next Train." They then will be prompted to say a station name or enter the
first four letters of the station name to hear when the next trains will arrive
at the selected station within a 20-minute window.
announced that Tom Westerman has joined the company as a senior bridge engineer
and project manager in support of the firm's architectural, engineering and
planning group focused on the freight railroad and municipality markets. Westerman
brings 27 years experience as a civil engineer in the transportation industry.
The Metro Gold Line
Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) in Metropolitan
Los Angeles issued the Request for Proposals for the Foothill Extension Phase
2A light rail Alignment work. The $450-million-plus design-build-finance
project will involve final design, construction and financing of 11.5-miles of
track, utilities, crossings and systems; six stations and multiple bridges; and
a 25-plus-acre light rail maintenance facility. Phase 2A will extend the Metro
Gold Line light rail line from its current terminus in East Pasadena, adding
stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.
Washington, D.C., Metro officials will
replace a track switch to improve rail system safety and conduct several
additional projects between the Takoma and Glenmont Metrorail stations, which
will necessitate the closure of five Red Line stations throughout Labor Day
Weekend, (Sept. 3-7). The track switch replacement is work that has been
recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.