The U.S. Department of
Transportation has completed an agreement that will help fund West Virginia's
portion of the Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail project, U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The project, receiving a $1.77-million
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, includes upgrades to crossties,
highway-rail grade crossings and bridges.
TriMet in the Portland,
Ore., area is nearing completion on work to improve safety and security at the
Gresham Central MAX station. This pilot project-the first of its kind in the
TriMet system-includes installation of barrier railing. The project also
includes improved lighting and making the platforms a fare zone. This change
allows fare inspection to occur on the platform rather than after riders board
the train. Other work at the station includes painting the shelters and
pedestrian enhancements that help orient riders to be more alert to approaching
It was a hammer instead of
a shovel that ushered in the groundbreaking of the Lincolnway Railport on August
20, the Clinton Herald reports. With Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and Union Pacific
Railroad CEO Jim Young taking the first swing at a ceremonial
rail spike, the multi-million dollar project celebrated the end of its long
planning stage and entered in the first phase of construction.
A new study of the Port
of Vancouver's signature project - a planned 27-mile expansion of rail tracks
to speed cargo and handle more of it - says the port will have to borrow as
much as $75 million to cover a shortfall and should adopt plans to avoid cost
overruns, The Columbian reports.
Société de transport de
Montréal informed its clients that Côte-Sainte-Catherine métro station would
again be accessible as of Monday, August 23, as planned, after 14 weeks of
major renovations work. These had become necessary to ensure the station's
integrity and will considerably extend the building's service life.
The upcoming week is a
big one for Vermilion Parish, La., and the rail system that cuts right through
it. Local media report. Sen. Nick Gautreaux recently passed Senate Bill 395,
which creates the Vermilion and Iberia Railroad Development District.
Washington, D.C., Metro
will modernize both the platform to mezzanine and the mezzanine to the Union
Station level elevators inside the Union Station Metrorail station beginning
Tuesday, Aug. 31, to return the units to a state of good repair and to ensure
service reliability and safety.
The community of Normal,
Ill., expects to have a four-story, $43.2-million transportation hub open
downtown in time for the first high-speed trains between St. Louis and Chicago
next summer, the State Journal-Register reports.
Metro in the Los Angeles
area will hold two public meetings September 1 and 2 to update the public on
the environmental study that is evaluating two possible alternatives, which
would connect the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension to cities further east of
Los Angeles by light transit rail.
A top-ranking U.S. transportation
official visited Rantoul, Ill., recently to see what the University of Illinois
has been cooking up in pavement and high-speed rail research, the Champaign-Urbana
News-Gazette reports. Peter Appel, the U.S.
administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, toured
the 60,000-square-foot facility known as UI's Advanced Transportation Research
and Engineering Laboratory located on the former Chanute Air Force Base.