As part of the Patrick-
Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to enhance economic
development and create jobs by strengthening public transit and rail service, Mass.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood and Congressman John Olver to announce the groundbreaking for the
$55.5-million Wachusett Commuter Rail Extension Project.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said
that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing $150 million
over the next three years ($50 million per year) for transit agencies
Metro in the Washington,
D.C., area will close the eastern end of the Orange Line between the
Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations and there will be no Blue
Line service between the Stadium-Armory and Benning Road Metrorail stations
from 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, to closing on Sunday, Nov, 7, as the agency
undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety,
comply with a safety recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB), maintain service reliability and return the area to a state of
St. Louis Metro and the
St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) have avoided potential service
disruptions to MetroLink by completing a $2.7-million project that halted
erosion and stabilized soil along 4.5 miles of tracks between Fairview Heights
and Swansea, Illinois. The project that began in May was completed nearly two
months ahead of schedule and 10 percent under the $3 million budget.
Corporation, Canadian manufacturer of self-contained solar LED Lighting systems
for marine, aviation, traffic and off-grid lighting applications worldwide
today announced a strategic partnership with Trojan Battery Company, the world's
leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries. Under the agreement, Carmanah
will use Trojan's deep-cycle batteries to provide energy storage for its EverGENTM
portfolio of outdoor solar LED lights.
The Nevada Department of
Transportation board has approved a list of projects including funding for the
next leg of the V&T Railroad reconstruction, the Nevada Appeal reports. The
track now stretches from Virginia City past Eastgate Station where the train
crosses Highway 50 and into the upper end of Carson River Canyon to what was
the site of Eureka Siding.
The V&T project
approved this week would use up to $3 million in stimulus funding to continue
work on the railroad reconstruction.
Flip Screen Australia Pty
Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of an award-winning line of screening
attachments, has appointed Peter Bigwood as president of its United States
headquarters, Flip Screen USA. In his new position, Bigwood is responsible for North
American sales operations, which includes identifying new market segments and
applications, building a sales team, and developing new relationships with
dealers and distributors. He will be attending the Association of Equipment
Dealers (AED) summit in January 2011, with the goal of establishing new dealer
and distributor partnerships
convened contract watchdog board has ordered the state DOT to explain the cost
efficiency of its long-running practice of hiring private engineers to inspect
state rail and highway bridges, the Stamford Advocate reports. The six-member
State Contracting Standards Board voted to require the Department of
Transportation to determine if it could complete the work more cheaply by
expanding the ranks of in-house inspectors to tackle inspections of rail and
highway bridges that private firms are usually hired for, said Gale Mattison,
the chairman of the standards board.
The Metra Board of
Directors approved the release of the Chicago-area agency's proposed 2011
Program and Budget book for public hearing and comment. Metra's proposed 2011 budget includes $634.2 million
for operations and a $407.5-million capital program. No fare increase is
planned in 2011.