On October 4, the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is making significant improvements
to light rail service since its inception nearly 23 years ago. VTA will operate
a new non-stop, faster express light rail service now featuring free WiFi. With
the debut of the VTA Commuter Express, customers will enjoy faster and more
frequent light rail service with six newly added, peak-hour commute trips from
south San Jose, Calif. through downtown to North San Jose.
Scott R. Bamford, P.E., and
Don Jacobs have recently joined Geocomp Corporation, a geo-engineering services
firm headquartered in Boxborough, Mass.
Due to the ongoing
station repair work in New York City at the 207th, 215th, 225th, 238th and
242nd Street stations and the station rehabilitation at Dyckman Street, there
will be no No.1 service between 242nd Street and 168th Street for all five
weekends in October.
California is getting a
$194-million federal grant to fund planning of a 520-mile high-speed rail line,
local media report.
Marc Laliberté, VIA Rail's
President and CEO, spoke on the issues and challenges confronting the passenger
rail industry in a speech made in Quebec City to the members of the Ordre des
comptables agréés (chartered accountants) du Québec. Laliberté took the opportunity to explain to the
350 convention attendees the context in which VIA operates at the beginning of
this 21st century. In particular, he described the strategies his team has
implemented to manage VIA's growth, despite the difficulties caused by the
economic situation since the end of 2008. He stated that. "VIA must
continue to adapt and evolve if it wishes to pursue its growth and remain
relevant in the coming years."
The dedication of a new
switchyard in Winchester, Ore., may be a relatively minor event in the nearly
140-year history of train service in Roseburg, but it is notable achievement,
according to the News-Review.
The CREATE Program
will be participating in the 14th Annual Transportation Symposium
and Business Exchange sponsored by several CREATE partners and other regional
transportation agencies. Participants include the Regional Transportation
Authority, Illinois Tollway, CTA, Metra, Pace and IDOT, among others.
Deutsche Bahn Netz AG, a
subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), switched to a new tamping surveying
solution from Amberg Technologies. It will support maintenance measures of
automated tamping of tracks and points.
L.B. Foster Company said
it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of
common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City
time, on November 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight,
New York City Time on September 30, 2010.