(The following editorial,
"It's payback time for high-speed rail in San Jose," appeared in the
San Jose, Calif., Mercury News Sept. 20, 2010.) A bill is coming due for the
California High-Speed Rail Authority -- separate from the $43 billion price tag
for the bullet trains that, if all goes as planned, will zoom between San Diego
and San Francisco. This bill is payable to San Jose.
The weekend of Sept.
18-19, MTA NYC Transit will begin a $47-million project to rehabilitate
Inwood's historic Dyckman Street station and conduct stair and platform
improvement work on five No. 1 Line elevated stations from 207th to 242nd
Street in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
The NEW METRO's Board of
Directors in Houston, Texas, named George Greanias, president & CEO of the
agency. Greanias, a former Houston City councilman and city controller, has
served as METRO's acting president & CEO since May 2010.
The BART Board of Directors
voted 7-1 to reaffirm its decision to authorize General Manager Dorothy Dugger
to enter into a contract with the two firms the Board selected in December 2009
to design, operate and maintain the much anticipated Oakland, Calif., Airport
Connector. The vote is likely the final action the Board of Directors will need
to take before the agency breaks ground on the historic project, which promises
in the short-term to create thousands of jobs. While in the long run, provides
a world-class transit connection between the Oakland Airport and BART's
Coliseum Station for millions of customers for decades to come.
Amtrak is working on its
railroad, spending tens of millions of dollars replacing thousands of the
concrete ties that hold up its tracks because the ties are failing, the Providence,
R.I., Journal reports.
Colo Railroad Builders was
awarded the contract to build a railroad track expansion project for South
Dakota Wheat Growers in Roscoe, S.D.
ENSCO, Inc., has received
a patent for its Video Inspection System for Rail Components from the United
States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers the company's innovative
machine vision system and methods for inspection of rail components such as
turnouts, fastenings and joint bars using advanced fully automated machine vision
Sound Transit on Sept. 21
will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Sounder commuter rail service, which
has grown in ridership from 102,552 in its first year of operation to an
estimated 2.8 million by the end of this year.
Work on the EJ&E
railway bridge over Interstate 88 in northeastern Illinois, which starts Sept.
17, will result in a temporary shifting of lanes on the tollway, the Geneva,
Ill., Sun reports.
quality watchdogs in Southern California can't impose limits on emissions from
idling trains because they could interfere with interstate commerce that the
federal government regulates, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 15, the Los Angeles Times reports.