On July 19, Sound Transit
will mark the first birthday of Central Link light rail, which during its
inaugural year of operations attracted an estimated six million riders.
Top officials with the
Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak joined representatives of the
city of Pontiac and Greyhound July 16 to break ground for the new Pontiac
Transportation Center, which will serve intercity rail and bus passengers. The
intermodal station project is funded with $1.4 million from the state's
Comprehensive Transportation Fund account.
A major program to rebuild
nearly two-dozen century-old railroad bridges on Metra's Union Pacific North
line is expected to start next month and will mean schedule changes for
thousands of commuters, the Chicago Tribune reports. Although the bridges are
on Chicago's North Side, the entire line will be affected because the project
will force northbound and southbound trains onto a single track at work sites,
While passenger trains are
still at least two years away from running on a "Three-C" corridor
for which Ohio has obtained federal stimulus money, state officials have begun
looking at what they hope will be a second phase, which would include two
Toledo routes. The Toledo Blade reports that the Ohio Rail Development
Commission has signed a $7.8 million contract with AECOM, a Los Angeles
engineering firm, to assess what would need to be done to institute 110-mph
passenger trains on four routes, including Detroit-Toledo-Cleveland and
(Editor's note: This story
updates a story posted on this Website July 13.) Mayor Richard J. Berry said
that the City of Albuquerque has been awarded $6.72 million from the U.S.
Department of Transportation to build the Montaño Intermodal Center. The center
will provide a new connection between ABQ Ride buses and the New Mexico Rail
Runner Express commuter train near the intersection of Montaño and 2nd St.
The Public Utilities
Commission of Ohio has approved upgrades at railroad crossings in Fayette and
Ross counties, The Gazette reports. The Norfolk Southern crossing at East
Second Street in Chillicothe and the Indiana and Ohio Railway crossing at
Oakland Avenue in Washington Court House will receive upgrades that include
flashing lights and roadway gates through federal funds.
BNSF recently paid Buchanan
County, Mo., $50,000 to close a railroad crossing off Missouri Highway 45 by
Sugar Lake, the St. Joseph, Mo., News-Press reports.
July 16-18, Washington, D.C.'s
Metro will make upgrades to its track, platforms and bridges on the Red, Blue
and Yellow lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this
crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders
can expect delays of up to 40 minutes.
Wabtec Corp. has signed
an agreement to acquire G&B Specialties, Inc., and Bach-Simpson Corp. from
Global Railway Industries Ltd., for about $45 million. Subject to the
fulfillment of certain conditions, the purchase of G&B Specialties is
expected to close by July 31, and the Bach-Simpson purchase is expected to
close by Oct. 31. Wabtec expects the acquisitions to be accretive in the first
The Chicago Transit Board passed
a resolution supporting the Chicago Transit Authority's commitment to further
develop and implement meaningful and proactive accessibility initiatives
consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The
resolution is in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the landmark piece of
legislation enacted on July 26, 1990. The Board also approved the appointment
of new 2010 ADA Advisory Committee members.