Amtrak President and CEO
Joseph Boardman said that the state of America's passenger railroad is strong
and it had set a first quarter ridership record carrying nearly 7.2 million
passengers during the first three months of fiscal year 2010.
Residents of the St.
Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of
public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on
January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward"
plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range
transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from
the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.
Alaska Railroad is inviting the public to a series of open house to provide an
opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. The
open houses will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects
that are in various stages from conceptual planning to engineering and
construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are
located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks.
A proposed $9.1-million
project to alleviate railroad-caused traffic congestion on North Grand Street in
Amarillo, Texas, will move closer to starting Jan. 14 with a federally required
public gathering, according to the Amarillo Globe-News Online. The proposal
calls for construction of a bridge to carry Grand Street vehicle traffic over BNSF
tracks adjacent to Southeast Third Avenue.
Monroe, Ld., Mayor Jamie
Mayo, District 1 Councilman Jay Marx and city engineer Sinyale Morrison will be
in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 13-14 to meet with Kansas City Southern Railway
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty to discuss multiple local
projects, the Monroe News Star reports.
After a decade of talks,
Centennial Park in Helena, Mont., is finally whole, the Helena Independent
Record reports. BNSF officially donated a 9.1-acre former Great Northern spur
line to the city last month, prompting an official thank-you from city
commissioners this week.
early 2010, Seattle's Sound Transit will begin construction activities for the future
Capitol Hill light rail station.
Before the station excavation can begin there are some early work activities
that will be taking place over the next several weeks:
In recognition of the
critical importance freight rail transportation offers shippers throughout the
U.S., Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor program has been endorsed by 60
legislators on Capitol Hill as 2010 begins.
Incorporated said that railroad industry veteran Rich Rapposelli has joined its
Surface Transportation and Security Systems organization. Rapposelli recently
spent nine years at Jacobs Engineering where he managed various communications
and physical security programs. Prior to that, he worked 21 years at Amtrak,
where he managed the Communications Control Center and worked as Technical
Director of Communications. Most
recently he was responsible for Program Management on the Delaware River Joint
Toll Bridge Commission Electronic Security and Surveillance security
After enduring the most
brutal year in the history of Bay Area public transit, train and bus operators
are barreling down a track toward bankruptcy, the San Jose, Calif., Mercury
News reports. The near-inevitable result will be costlier and longer commutes
for all, whether they ride or drive.