New Long Island Rail Road
timetables in effect September 13, 2010 will contain schedule adjustments for
some trains as well as the elimination of other trains. The new schedules
implement the second phase of budget-related cuts in LIRR service that were
approved by the MTA Board in March. These service reductions along with those
implemented last May 17 were required as part of the effort to close the MTA's
$900-million budget gap. The service reductions will save approximately $950,000
this year and $3.8-million annually starting in 2011. However, the LIRR will be
monitoring the changes in the new timetable and will make schedule adjustments,
as necessary, based on additional ridership and possible crowding on trains.
TriMet's MAX Green Line in
Portland, Ore., turned one on September 12, with 6.1 million trips taken on the
line during its first year. The Green Line is the agency's fifth MAX line to be
built, and added a new alignment in downtown Portland along the Portland
Transit Mall and new tracks between Gateway Transit Center and Clackamas Town
Triangle Transit still
likes the idea, but there aren't many cheerleaders left for a proposal to run
high-speed passenger trains through the Norfolk Southern freight yard along the
west side of Capital Boulevard, the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer reports. Norfolk
Southern blasted that notion last week in a 17-page letter to the state
Department of Transportation.
The Federal Railroad
Administration said that Amtrak is joining the agency's Confidential Close Call
Reporting System (C3RS), a safety pilot project that permits rail employees to
voluntarily and anonymously report "close call" incidents that could have
resulted in an accident or injury but did not.
A century ago, downtown
Vancouver, Wash., was built into a corner. The BNSF line and the berm on which
it sits have separated the city center from the industrial yards along the
Columbia River, The Oregonian reports. The city recently broke ground on a
project to punch through the berm, giving downtown access to the waterfront and
giving developers access to the 31 acres they intend to turn into offices,
retail space and 3,300 residences.
The NJ TRANSIT Board of
Directors approved the lease of retail spaces at two of the state's busiest
train stations-a food court at Hoboken Terminal and a coffee stand at Princeton
Junction Station-as part of the corporation's effort to maximize the value of
its facilities while offering additional amenities to customers.
The Alaska Railroad
Corporation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to hire Christopher
Aadnesen as the railroad's new president and chief executive officer. Aadnesen
is scheduled to start later this month.
Secretary Ray LaHood opened the first meeting of the Transit Rail Advisory
Committee for Safety (TRACS), an advisory group created to guide Federal
Transit Administration safety rulemakings when the Obama Administration's
Public Transportation Safety Program Act of 2009 becomes law.
Officials from the city
of Sioux Falls, S.D., the state of South Dakota and BNSF celebrated the closure
of the 5,000th grade crossing on BNSF's rail network, setting a new
national record for grade-crossing closures and safety improvement.