Members of a governor's
task force created to stop the abandonment of 233 miles of northern Maine
freight tracks expressed optimism in a meeting Wednesday about the chances of
keeping trains running on the tracks, the Bangor Daily News reports. Officials
said at the four-hour meeting that 20 private entities have expressed interest
in operating the railroad, but little else new was revealed, as the bulk of the
session took place in executive session.
Sound Transit contractors
plan to reopen the Olive Way exit ramp to Capitol Hill in Seattle from I-5
northbound the morning of May 13 at 5 a.m. as crews wrap up a major University
Link light rail contract on time and under budget.
Contractor crews will
begin working this fall on elements of the western three miles of the 11-mile
Central Corridor LRT Project. In September, they will begin prep work to
retrofit the Washington Avenue bridge to accommodate light-rail trains by reconstructing
the bridge piers. In December, they will start work to tie in the Central
Corridor line from the Hiawatha LRT line just west of the Cedar-Riverside
Station to Pleasant Street on the East Bank. The bulk of the Civil West contract
work, though, will start in spring 2011.
On May 17 at 11 a.m.
at the Puyallup Fair "Red Lot," Sound Transit will break ground on a
project to expand parking for commuters using the Sounder Puyallup, Wash.,
station. Developed in partnership with the City of Puyallup and the Puyallup
Fair & Events Center and funded by a combination of local and federal
monies, the project will create 219 permanent satellite park-and-ride spaces at
the lot located at 5th St. SW and 7th Ave SW.
NJ TRANSIT Executive
Director James Weinstein said the agency has expanded its online service DepartureVisionTM
to New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal, making access to real-time train
departures available at all of its rail stations.
Buses will replace train
service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and
Valley Stream the weekend of May 15-16 as work is completed on the construction
of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. The
$24.5-million project, which is funded through the MTA Capital Budget and
federal grants, began in March and is wrapping up as planned in time to
accommodate the weekend beach crowds expected in Long Beach beginning Memorial
Washington State will do
a detailed traffic study of its plan to route passenger trains traveling up to
79 miles an hour through South Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont, despite previously
calling such a study unnecessary, the News Tribune reports. The Washington
State Department of Transportation said that it's required to conduct the
assessment as a condition for using federal stimulus money to pay for the $91-million