In January, President
Obama announced that North Carolina was awarded $545 million in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to continue its development of high-speed
intercity rail. On July12, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that
the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina have
finalized a grant agreement for $20.3 million, the first installment of the
$545 million awarded to the state.
U.S. Senator Jeff
Bingaman, D-N.M., said that the City of Albuquerque has been awarded a $6.72-million
grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city will use the funding
to construct a Rail Runner station on Montaño between 2nd Street and Edith
As part of BART's
system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency will begin strengthening structures
at the Concord and Daley City stations to withstand future earthquakes.
Job creation has become a
key argument for rail advocates, including Ohio Secretary of Transportation
Jolene Molitoris, who got their chance July 12 at the Dayton Rotary Club to
rebut an earlier presentation by state Sen. Jon Husted, the Dayton Daily News
(Rep. Mike Michaud,
D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A
report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found
that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving
freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be
put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right
here in Maine on this very topic.
Though it was difficult,
James Cowhey did manage to contain his emotions Monday, the Intelligencer
From Saturday, July 10, to
Friday, July 16, crews will continue a project that will improve the rail
crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. Crews will grade
and trench the site and make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The
work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in
Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
Kansas City Southern issueda service advisory July 11 reporting hat while Kansas City Southern de Mexicoresumed most operations over the weekend, its main line between Laredo andMonterrey remained closed due to "high waters and floating debris"left by Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30.
Los Angeles Metro has begun
to replace 20 aging traction power substations and electrical support systems
on the Metro Blue Line with a grant of $71 million provided by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.