Building on a policy
shift announced earlier this year by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood,
the Federal Transit Administration today asked for public comment on how to
change the way major transit project proposals seeking federal funding are
rated and evaluated.
has released a request for qualifications to pre-qualify and shortlist project
teams to design, build, finance and maintain a new maintenance and storage
facility for new light rail vehicles that will operate on the Sheppard East
Light Rail Transit and Scarborough LRT projects. The maintenance and storage
facility will be constructed on the corner of Sheppard Avenue and Conlins Road
Transportation Authority and New York Power Authority unveiled an advanced
rooftop-mounted solar thermal array that heats hot water used to wash subway
cars at New York City Transit's Coney Island Overhaul Shop and Maintenance
Facility. By lessening New York City Transit's need for electricity, the array
will lower the agency's power bill by $94,000 and avoid 86 tons of carbon
dioxide emissions per year.
Having obtained the
required permits and made the appropriate notifications, The Kansas City
Southern Railway Company said that it would begin staging equipment for the
demolition of its former locomotive maintenance facility at 1700 Stilwell in
Pittsburg, Kan., next week. The entire demolition process is anticipated to
take approximately three months.
The list of potential
routes for California's planned high-speed rail system in the San Joaquin
Valley grew slightly smaller June 3, the Fresno Bee reports. Meeting in
Sacramento, the state High Speed Rail Authority board approved further study on
three routes through Fresno. All of them adjoin the Union Pacific and all
include elevated tracks up to 60 feet high.
Fort Carson hopes to get
military equipment that soldiers need shipped overseas faster, local media
report. The Mountain Post wants to add a train track to an already existing
track. The new track would start at the Fort Carson rail yard and continue
about a half-mile off post.
Any prospect of bringing
rail service back to Owen Sound, Ont., is still getting back on track well down
the line, the Owen Sound Sun Times reports. While a north-south line linking
Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario "remains the company's vision," progress
by the Highland Companies toward that goal has been sidelined by processes
sometimes beyond its control, Michael Daniher, the company's spokesman, said in
On Sunday, June 6, 2010, BART
construction crews will need to shut down one of the tracks at Balboa Park Station,
which may result in delays of up to 10 minutes in both directions. In addition,
customers heading east and getting off at any station on the Dublin/Pleasanton
line will need to transfer at 24th Street/Mission Station because trains going
to and from Dublin/Pleasanton will operate only as far as 24th Street/Mission Street
Station on that day.
On Saturday and Sunday,
June 12-13, there will be a two-day closure of the Downtown Seattle Transit
Tunnel for engineering work. Sound Transit will be providing a free bus bridge
between Westlake Station and the SODO Station for light rail passengers during
the tunnel closure. All Metro tunnel bus routes will use surface streets that
CTA President Richard L.
Rodriguez and Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson said the agency opened
a new entrance to the Red Line's Cermak-Chinatown station. Located
approximately one block north of Cermak on Archer Avenue, the new entrance will
serve as the primary access point for customers while the main entrance to the
station on the north side of Cermak is reconstructed and made accessible. The
south entrance on Cermak also will be closed to customers beginning June 4 at