When federal officials
evaluate the idea of upgrading the New Haven-to-Springfield, Conn., rail line
to accommodate high-speed trains, they'll have two core questions: Is the
project worthwhile, and can it deliver results quickly?
At a weekend
conference about the future of America's rail systems, several experts said the
New Haven-to-Springfield plan-along with dozens of others throughout the
country-will have to meet two essential standards to stand a chance of getting
federal funding, The Hartford Courant reports.
The Gateway T station in
Downtown Pittsburgh closed until further notice on Saturday, Oct. 31 to allow
Port Authority of Allegheny County to build a new station near the intersection
of Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street. The new station will serve the extended T
line, called the North Shore Connector, which is scheduled to be completed by
Edward G. Rendell joined local officials to open the new $8.4-million DeKalb
Street Bridge carrying Route 202 North over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in
Bridgeport Borough, Montgomery County.
The Chicago Region
Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program partners said a $10.4-million
project (Project WA3) now under construction east of the Chicago Stockyards
Industrial District is the largest awarded to a contractor to date. It will
double the capacity of the rail corridor through the Stockyards by adding
additional tracks, enabling faster train speeds and utilizing modern signaling
technology. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2010 and will
rehabilitate the railroad viaducts over Halsted, Emerald, and Union Streets.
If Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles County will soon embark on a
commuter-rail building boom the likes of which the region has never seen, The
Los Angeles Times reports. On Oct. 30, the mayor today will unveil an ambitious
but politically risky transportation plan that fast-tracks several high-profile
rail projects to be completed within the next decade. That's a big speed-up,
because officials have generally been talking about completing them within 30
the release of new Strategic Guidance and the FY 2010-2014 Five Year Financial
Plan, Amtrak aims to continue the solid ridership growth seen in recent years
and position itself to maximize this historic moment in federal and state
support for more passenger rail service, including for the development of
high-speed rail corridors.
Rail service between the
Blue Line's Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended
from 10 p.m. October 30 until 4 a.m. November 2, as work to replace track in
the south end of the Dearborn subway continues this weekend. Bus shuttles will
operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the
Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations.
On the fourth anniversary
of the opening of the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line, Metro work crews have
officially completed the first construction phase of the line's four-mile
extension in the North San Fernando Valley: a parking lot at the Chatsworth
By 2030, the 16-mile
extension is estimated to generate an additional $11.42 billion in gross
regional product and $3.27 billion in personal income, with 66 percent of those
dollars staying in Santa Clara County and the remainder benefiting the Bay Area
region. The national average of short- and long-term economic benefits of
public transit investments outlined in the APTA report is for every $1 invested
in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns.