Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, who leads the second-largest U.S. city, said his plan to
accelerate public-transit construction with a mix of local funding and federal
aid can be used elsewhere as well, Bloomberg reports.
The Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority passed five resolutions at its recent meeting, including: To commit $45,500
for Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. to reconstruct the sidewalks and
entrance to the West 25th Street station to meet ADA regulations.
The firm is also working on replacing the station stairs. The station will be
closed for one week during April or May, but it will be open for the Indians
home opener on April 12. RTA will give a two-week notice before closing the
station. About 80 percent of the work is being done with federal funds.
On March 22, Capital
Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first
passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in
Governor Deval Patrick and
Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan appointed
Richard A. Davey as MassDOT's new Rail and Transit Administrator.
A slew of west Vancouver,
Wash., railroad construction projects appear to be on the fast-track to begin
construction this spring, The Columbian reports.
The plan to relocate a rail
switching yard in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., got a $40-million boost five
years ago, but the project hasn't even begun, the Argus Leader reports. Though
the project was scheduled to be completed 2009, the city still is working its
way through an environmental review that could take the rest of this year.
Amtrak said it is
reorganizing and establishing a new department to pursue opportunities to
develop new intercity high-speed rail service in select corridors around the
country and to plan for major improvements on the Northeast Corridor, including
determining the feasibility of increasing top speeds up to 220 mph.
Railroad's new April 11 timetable will make temporary, minor schedule changes
on all three lines to allow for track maintenance projects. On the Upper Hudson
Line, schedule adjustments will allow for installation of concrete ties until
June 2010. Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon customers in all time periods
will be affected by schedule changes requiring trains to depart earlier or
later, and in some cases, to travel up to seven minutes slower or 10 minutes