Even in a time of
belt-tightening and dreams deferred, a long-sought CTA project is in the works,
offering the promise of improved transportation and economic rebirth for poorly
served Chicago communities, according to a story by Jon Hilkevitch in the Chicago
The Illinois Department of
Transportation has selected Hanson Professional Services of Springfield to
evaluate environmental consequences of building a new rail line between St.
Louis and Chicago for high-speed passenger trains, the State Journal-Register
reports. Hanson will work with the Parsons Transportation Group, a branch of
the construction and engineering firm of Parsons Corp., headquartered in
As part of the Sound
Transit 2 plan approved by Metropolitan Seattle voters in 2008, the agency is
starting the formal planning process for mass transit between Northgate and
Lynnwood with early scoping. Sound Transit wants to hear from residents because
public input received during this early scoping process will help us identify
the best way to serve a given community.
Kansas and Oklahoma
officials already are at work on a development plan for rail passenger service
between the Kansas City area and Oklahoma City, with a stop in Topeka, even
though they haven't actually seen Washington's money yet, the Topeka Capital
Journal reports. The Federal Railroad Administration recently announced the
approval of a $250,000 grant to the Kansas Department of Transportation to do
Work to improve the train
station in Burlington, N.C., should begin this fall or winter, with about
$685,000 worth of improvements being added there, the Times-News reports. The
station, an Amtrak hub on the Raleigh-to-Charlotte line, will get a new backup
electric generator, video security system and passenger information display
system. The size of the boarding platform will be doubled in length, allowing
the train to stop only once to board and unload passengers.
Recent flooding caused
little damage locally on the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad, the
Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn., reports. Mike LoVecchio, spokesman for
Canadian Pacific Railway, which owns DM&E, said no damage occurred on the
east-west line, which passes through Rochester, but that a small washout
suspended traffic on the north-south line near Owatonna. The line was expected
to be restored to service shortly, LoVecchio said.
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.