Beneath a 115-year-old
SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more
money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to
prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter
to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come
up with at least $472 million more for transportation.
The best and safest way for
fast-speed rail service to roll into downtown Raleigh is to hop onto tracks
being used by Norfolk Southern, both a citizen advisory task force and city
staff told Raleigh's City Council, the News Observer reports.
Following a productive
meeting late the week of July 26, Amtrak and the Lancaster County Planning
Commission (LCPC) said that issues surrounding the renovation of the Lancaster
Station have been resolved and the project is moving forward as planned. As a
result of the meeting, it was determined that no additional funds beyond Amtrak's
estimate of $1.7 million provided to the LCPC in 2008 will be needed for Amtrak's
A Website for the 75th
Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in the Chicago area has been launched that provides study
information and links to environmental documents, newsletters, project schedule
and upcoming public events.
Santa Cruz County, Calif.,
residents who have been following the local attempt to buy a 32-mile railroad
branch may have a sense of déjà vu, The Post reports. The Regional
Transportation Commission is expected to vote again on issues surrounding a
state grant of $10.2 million on Aug. 5. For some commissioners and members of
the public, the required votes are just a formality, confirming actions already
taken this spring.
MTA Metro-North Railroad
and the New York Transit Museum are looking for objects related to Grand
Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating the centennial of this landmark
The railroad spawned a
string of towns north of Raleigh, N.C., in the 19th century, and now it
threatens to cut them in half, the News Observer reports. Many residents worry
that Youngsville, Franklinton, Henderson and Norlina will see little benefit
from a plan to run passenger trains between Raleigh and Richmond, Va., at
speeds up to 110 mph. The $2.3-billion project is part of a planned high-speed
rail corridor that would cut nearly two hours from train trips between North
Carolina and the Northeast.
In order to replace a
stairway, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is temporarily
closing the West 25th Red Line Rail station. The one-week project is
scheduled to close the station from August 11 through August 18. The Red Line
will continue to travel through this location, but passengers will not be able
to enter or exit through this station during the stairway construction project.
During the week of August 9
through August 13, some areas surrounding the BART Ashby Station will be
unavailable due to construction work on the Station Modernization Project.
There will be a crane in the north parking lot that will be moving steel into
position for construction during the day. A "safety area" will be set
up which will cut off access to part of the sidewalk, parking lot and roadway.
Access will also be cut off to the bicycle lockers under the Adeline Street
Plaza at the Concourse level.
A bill introduced July 30
in the U.S. House of Representatives could help transform America's
transportation policy and investment by directing federal investment to
freight system projects that update the freight system and help reduce
freight's environmental and health impacts, according to an environmental advocay group.