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.
At a press conference
hosted by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, METRO's leaders commented on the
findings of the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" investigation
and review of plans to purchase 103 new light rail vehicles.
At the Santa Clara Station
Improvement Project, work will be done this week on the shoring and the
foundation for the new pedestrian underpass at the station. The underpass will
connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass
through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in
the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary
SCI Verkehr, the German
railway and logistics consultancy, has released a new edition of its World
Market for Railway Technology that calls for global railway investment to
increase from a currently estimated $168 billion to approximately $205 billion
in 2015. Of the total, 53 percent is expected to come from after-sales.
Heartland Corridor - one of the most extensive railroad engineering projects in
modern times and a template for public-private partnerships that strengthen the
nation's transportation infrastructure - officially opened for business Sept. 9.
The train that ran on the
railway between Pullman and Colfax, Wash., on the morning of Sept. 2 may have
been the last, The Daily Evergreen reports.
Trains are nothing new in
central Ohio, but they are poised to play am increasing role in the economy, the
Columbus Dispatch reports. Beginning Sept. 9, Norfolk Southern will use the
revamped Heartland Corridor line, taking advantage of what the company calls
the "single biggest railroad engineering project in modern history."
It included enlarging tunnels through mountains and raising bridges in other places.
On September 8, 1910, the
first Long Island Rail Road trains departed from a grand structure dedicated to
transportation-Pennsylvania Station-and traveled under the East River using
four tunnels. Long Island celebrated. LIRR is celebrating that century-old
achievement with the opening of a special photo display in the 34th Street
Entrance Corridor, one of the LIRR's newest Penn Station areas.
The final round of public
meetings for the Metra SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis study in northeastern
Illinois are set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 28. The meetings are an opportunity for
the public to provide feedback on the proposed Locally Preferred Alternative identified
in the SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis Study. The proposed 33-mile
SouthEast Service is a new transportation line that would link close to 20
communities in the south Suburban Cook and Will counties. Meetings are open to
the general public and are ADA accessible.