A special ribbon-cutting
ceremony was attended by SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State
Representative Joshua D. Shapiro and local government and community leaders at
Crestmont (R2) Regional Rail station.
Five years ago Nov. 23,
Metro, the District of Columbia and the New York Avenue partners opened the New
York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail station on the Red Line. Since its
opening, ridership has climbed at the station each year and the station has
become a catalyst for economic development.
As traffic continues to
build up in Hampton Roads, Va., the money to add more roads or expand them is
drying up on the state and federal level. Virginia DOT doesn't plan to give a
cent to local cities for road projects for the next six years. Virginia's
Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer says drivers in Hampton Roads need to
look at alternative transportation like light rail.
The New Mexico Rail
Runner slips into Santa Fe on new tracks with modern signals to guard
crossings. But the old tourist train travels to Lamy, N.M., on outdated
infrastructure, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. That discrepancy was
highlighted recently when the Santa Fe Southern Railway tourist train collided
with a car crossing the spur line on Rabbit Road, just south of the city
BNSF has agreed to fund a
significant amount of the cost of closing eight railroad crossings in Galesburg,
Ill., to develop quiet zones, according to city engineer Wayne Carl,
Amtrak is making major
investments in the New York area to bring its bridges, tracks and other
infrastructure up to a state of good repair, increase track speeds and improve
operations, including a soon-to-start $10-million project to rehabilitate the
Pelham Bay Bridge located along the Northeast Corridor.
Work is now under way on
a construction project that will completely replace the 80-year old Vandeventer
Bridge is St. Louis. The bridge currently supports three rail tracks: two for
MetroLink, and a third for limited freight use. Constructed in 1929, the
bridge that spans Vandeventer Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the City of St.
Louis, is experiencing significant settling and deterioration. In addition, the
bridge is supported by four piers that are obstacles to vehicular traffic.
A plan to build a major
passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta might soon boast new life, in the form
of an $80 million-plus jump start, state officials said at Transportation Board
meetings, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The idea has reeled in
big supporters, but raised questions too -- including whether it's legal.
State and town officials
from Ashland and Framingham, Mass., met with the state's new transportation
chief last night for a conversation about the state's purchase of CSX
Transportation rail lines and what can be done to ensure that increased rail
traffic won't further cripple their downtowns, MetroWest Daily News reports.
Seventy percent of Metra
bridges and 42 percent of CTA bridges are past their "useful life,"
according to a preliminary report presented to the RTA board Nov. 19, the Chicago
Daily Herald reports. A final report is expected in January, along with a plan
on how to address the problem, RTA spokeswoman Diane Palmer said.