TransLink's Board of
Directors has chosen to go with organizational and regional experience in its
choice of a new leader for the organization by appointing one of TransLink's
original executives, Ian Jarvis, as the transportation authority's new Chief
Executive Officer. The Board appointed Jarvis interim CEO last November and,
according to Chair Dale Parker, the decision to forego an executive search for
a permanent replacement for Tom Prendergast was based on Jarvis' ‘deep and long
experience' in the organization and the strong endorsement he received within
TransLink and from its stakeholders.
Helping more people get
to work and stimulating job growth and economic development are the goals of a
30-year long-range plan unanimously approved Feb. 12 by the St. Louis Metro Transit
Board of Commissioners. Called "Moving Transit Forward," the plan for the
future of transit in the region presents the results of nearly a year of
in-depth study by Metro officials and staff from the East-West Gateway Council
of Governments (EWGCG), the region's planning agency.
BART has received FTA
Administrator Peter Rogoff's letter stating that the FTA has rejected BART's
plan to meet the FTA's standards of full compliance with Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act. This letter cites no substantive deficiencies in BART's latest
draft action plan to correct Title VI deficiencies identified in a December
2009 audit. Instead, the basis of the FTA Administrator's rejection rests
solely on the fact that BART's plan contains a timetable with an end date
beyond September 30, 2010-the deadline for awarding stimulus fund grants.
When railroads were first stretching their tentacles across vast new parts of this country, each new expanse of track was bought with Herculean human labor, the Racine, Wis., Journal-Times reports. No longer. Maintaining and replacing the rails still requires manpower, but far less of it. Mechanization has replaced much of what the gandy dancer and the sledgehammer achieved.
A and C Line customers
headed downtown from six stations in Washington Heights and Harlem will benefit
from a new pilot project testing the delivery of next train arrival information
similar to that now in service along the L line and recently deployed in
several Bronx stations on the 6.
If the convention center
was a colossal and contentious public project, wait until you see Nashville Mayor
Karl Dean's next undertaking: a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to
renovate Middle Tennessee's mass transportation system, the Tennessean reports.
The payback to residents of the greater Nashville area, Dean says, will be a
mass transit system to rival that of Denver, Charlotte and Austin.
Rather than choosing
between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch
Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding
proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans
for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to
the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond
Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal
A proposed 3.3-mile rail
spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main
line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property
acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated
$34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison
County Independent reports.
When passenger rail
service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely
upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.