Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes for two
weekends beginning September 24, due to construction of the Expo light rail
line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles.
Work will be done on the
new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara, Calif., 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
On October 1-2, Sunne Lane
and Harvey Drive near the Pleasant Hill, Calif., BART Station will be closed to
traffic. This closure is to allow for the set-up and ceremonies for the grand
opening of the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village and the Robert I. Schroder
Overcrossing that will be held in the Town Square on October 2.
Nearly 1,000 construction
grant applications for more than $19 billion from all 50 states, U.S.
territories and the District of Columbia far exceeded the $600 million in
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II dollars the
U.S. Department of Transportation can award for infrastructure projects ranging
from highways and bridges to transit and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood said
following the August deadline for submissions.
When the Sound Transit
Board began work Sept. 23 on the 2011 budget, it signaled the kickoff of a
process that will realign agency project and service priorities in response to
the national recession's impact on local tax revenues.
Ontario and the Toronto Transit continue to move forward on a commitment to
improving public transit in the Greater Toronto Area with the release of a
request for proposals to the three teams short-listed for the new Sheppard East
Maintenance and Storage Facility project.
Houston's NEW METRO is
hosting a public hearing on its FY2011 budget at noon Sept. 27 and the public
is encouraged to attend. In a break from past practice, the budget will be
presented by METRO's President & CEO George Greanias.
International Airport officials are hopeful an agreement on moving railroad
tracks blocking airport expansion can be hammered out within a month, perhaps
allowing some work on the project to begin this year, the Times of Northwest
As the city ponders how
to pay for light-rail budget overruns, the Hampton Roads Transit board took
action Sept. 23 to help control project costs, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The
board approved changes in the final large contract for rail construction that
HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet said will allow the agency to avoid
spending an additional "few million dollars."
(The following editorial by
Mike Norman appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.) Time for a Fort Worth
streetcar update -- or, as I call it, the local obsession that won't go away.