TheSurface Transportation Board agreed to postpone action on the proposed
abandonment of rail lines in Northern Maine in order to give the parties time
to arrive at a mediated solution.
The New York Metropolitan
Transportation Authority released a revised draft 2010-2014 Capital Program.
The $26.3-billion program reflects a nearly $2-billion reduction as the result
of a comprehensive review and a new MTA focus on cost effectiveness and
efficiency. The plan will be considered by the MTA Board at its monthly meeting
on Wednesday, and if approved will be sent to the State's Capital Program
Review Board for its approval. Thanks to last year's rescue legislation, the
first two years of the program are funded and the MTA is seeking approval to
begin work immediately. The full plan and an executive summary are available
online at www.mta.info.
Union Pacific will improve
Nebraska's transportation infrastructure with a $7.5-million investment to
improve the rail line that runs from North Platte to O'Fallons, Neb. Work on
the nearly 10-mile stretch of railroad track began April 16 and is scheduled to
be completed in early May. The project includes removing and installing new
rail and more than 23,600 concrete ties. Crews also will spread more than
31,000 tons of rock ballast and renew the roadway surfaces at six crossings.
A weight on Denton County
Transportation Authority officials' shoulders has been lifted as board members
approved terms of the corridor agreement with DART, the Denton Record Chronicle
reports. The agreement will allow the DCTA's A-train passenger rail to operate
in the rail corridor owned by Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
Recently released budget
projections show that electrification is essential to Caltrain's survival. A
modern, electric-powered railroad will provide quicker, more frequent service,
which will attract more riders and generate more revenue. Revenue is projected
to increase 49 percent by 2019, while operating costs remain flat. The commuter
railroad, which currently uses diesel-powered trains, is facing budget deficit
in the upcoming fiscal year.