Transportation Safety District recently talked about making changes to three
Waverly crossings to create a nearly three-mile long quiet zone, where trains
wouldn't have to blow their horns, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. The
Federal Railroad Administration requires trains to blow horns at unprotected
at-grade crossings, but they can be silenced if cities create quiet zones by
beefing up safety features around crossings with raised medians, lights and
The nation's top
transportation official expressed optimism that high-speed passenger rail will
be widely available within two decades, and he praised Iowa's efforts to push
for more passenger train service, the Des Moines Register reports.
Township Committee has
tentatively offered to foot part of the cost of creating a quiet zone at the
Lehigh Road railway crossing in Branchburg, N.J., if homeowners put up $30,000
of the cost of equipment, local media report. The total cost of the improvements
needed to silence train horns as they cross Lehigh Road is $36,000, according
to Township Administrator Gregory Bonin.
Canadian Pacific's acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. in
2008 was upheld by an appeals court, which rejected challenges by the Sierra
Club and Metra, the Chicago area commuter rail agency, local media report.
Parsons Brinckerhoff has
been awarded a contract to provide architectural and engineering design for the
Tuas Depot, a new train and vehicle service facility to support the ongoing
expansion of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System.
What do the New York
Times, the City of Philadelphia, LaSalle University and Miracle Whip all have
in common? They are among the first to advertise on the newly installed digital
monitors at PATCO's 8th & Market Streets Station. The station is equipped
with four, 52-inch digital monitors, located at the platform level. The
monitors display advertisements as well as weather, PATCO news and information.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA), headquartered in San Jose, Calif., has
installed new, highly visible emergency phone towers to provide VTA customers
with access to emergency communications and VTA information via the Customer
commuters may have more rail options in about two years when CSX Corp.
completes its expansion project in Worcester and the state is able to add more
passenger trains, The Telegram & Gazette reports.
It's a 2.4-mile Metrorail
extension that will take the stress out of getting to and from Miami
International Airport. And with less than two years to go before its scheduled
spring 2012 opening, the project now has an official new name. Formerly known
as the Miami Intermodal Center-Earlington Heights Connector, Miami-Dade Transit
(MDT) is pleased to reintroduce the project as the AirportLink.
In the neighborhood of
1500 North Bewley Street, a hole in a fence leads to a grimy outdoor corridor
with graffiti-plastered walls that is used as a dumping ground for old
television sets and other unwanted items, the Orange County Register reports. Fifty
years ago, this same corridor was part of the Pacific Electric Railway, or Red
Car system, which provided mass transit service to Southern California from
1901 to 1961.