Vice President Joe Biden
and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new
Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help
transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the
country. In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit
Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery
Act transit formula dollars by March 5.
U.S. Senator Susan
Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a
commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with her,
state, and local officials in an effort to keep the important Maine, Montreal
& Atlantic Railway operating in Northern Maine. Secretary LaHood pledged to
send the Federal Railroad Administrator to Maine to work on a plan to keep the
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the representative of Lower Manhattan and the senior Northeastern
member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said there will be $156 million in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the Fulton Street Transit Center in
Manhattan. These federal funds, which Nadler supported, will be used for
construction and improvements of the new Downtown transit hub. Improvements
will focus on connections between stations, passageways, platforms, systems,
and restoration of the historic Corbin building.
A federal investigation has
identified pervasive flaws in rail safety at Metro and severe inadequacies in
the agency responsible for oversight. Findings released March 4 call for
widespread changes in how the nation's second-busiest subway system is
supervised and managed, the Washington Post reports.
March 5, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill) joined House Transportation &
Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig for
the groundbreaking on the Englewood Flyover, which is now expected to begin
this year thanks to $133 million in new federal funding.
Engineers who design
facilities and structures live in a cycle of planning and planning again, the
BNSF electronic employee newsletter reports. But sometimes, even with the best
of planning and looking "around the corner," a surprise comes along
that requires a different approach. That's what happened with the Burlington,
Iowa, bridge project, which involves rebuilding a bridge originally built in
MTA Long Island Rail Road
customers using the busy Ronkonkoma Station now have almost 300 new parking
spots available to them thanks to completion of a railroad-funded renovation
project on the northeast side of the tracks in the Town of Brookhaven. The
rehabilitation of the former dirt lot included drainage, curbs, asphalt paving,
sidewalks, lighting, striping, signage, fencing and landscaping.
Hundreds - perhaps
thousands - of old creosote-soaked railroad ties dumped along a 30-mile stretch
of the Deschutes River may be removed in coming months thanks to persistent
cage-rattling by Eugene, Ore., businessman and clean-water enthusiast John
Brown, The Eugene Register-Guard reports.
IMPulse NC LLC promoted of
Jeffrey Wharton to president. Wharton previously served as executive vice president
and general manager for the company. He has more than 30 years of transit
construction and manufacturing experience and currently serves on the board of directors
of the American Public Transportation Association, and as Chair of the APTA Business
Member's Business Development Committee.