Alexandria, Va., has
become a whistle stop town - in more ways than one. Trains have been a regular
feature of city life here since before the Civil War. But lately they've been
making a ruckus. All over Alexandria, the sound of train whistles has been
heard at all hours of the night and day, the Alexandria Gazette Packet reports.
Sales of SmartCards for
travel on PATH trains has hit a record, jumping to more than 50 percent of
market share on the rail line. SmartCard use, which has tripled in two years,
has eclipsed use of MetroCards, which total about 40 percent of payment methods
on PATH lines. PATH QuickCards make up most of the remainder of fare choices. PATH's
Automated Fare Collection System was installed in 2003 to phase-out obsolete
payment methods of cash and magnetic-strip cards.
As the 2010 construction
season gets under way, Amtrak is embarking on $1-billion construction program
to fund capital projects designed to rebuild, upgrade and modernize its tracks,
bridges, stations and other critical infrastructure along the busy Northeast
Corridor and across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and
the Miami area.
On April 27, employees of
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad chose to be represented by the Brotherhood
of Maintenance of Way Employes Division - International Brotherhood of
Teamsters. After the National Mediation Board had reviewed the validity of the
authorization cards, the BMWED was certified to represent the 277 DM&E
maintenance of way employees.
officials have one week to come to agreement on the public benefits of a
planned railroad overpass in Colton, or risk losing $125 million for the Inland
area, The Press-Enterprise reports. To quell concerns from coastal counties,
San Bernardino County officials have offered to pull their request for state
bond money for a massive interchange overhaul proposed near Devore. Officials
said they will find money elsewhere to reconfigure the Interstate 215 and Interstate
December 6, 2010 is the date for
completion of the final sections of the Green Line light rail project. Two sections,
from MLK, Jr., Station near Fair Park south to Buckner Station in Pleasant
Grove and from Victory Station northwest to North Carrollton, will open
completing the 20-station, 28-mile, $1.8-billion project.
Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed
Richard A. Schrader Chairman, succeeding Keith J. Hawksworth, who is retiring
after 33 years with the firm. In his new position, Schrader, currently
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide broad policy
oversight for PB, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and
program/construction management organization.
Caltrain will reconstruct
the East Bellevue Avenue crossing beginning at 8 a.m. May 7 and continuing
through 6 a.m. May 11. During that time the street will be closed to through
traffic between Claremont Street and San Mateo Drive.
Buses will replace train
service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and
Valley Stream May 1-2 as work continues 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, will also
require another train outage on the weekend of May 15-16. The railroad's goal
is to complete the installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.
The Rev. Brian Davis
quips that he may have to change the name of his church, Bay Street
Presbyterian, to "Can't Get Here From There" if the Mississippi
Department of Transportation permanently shuts down the railroad crossing near an
intersection to the church, the Hattiesburg American reports.