The $100-million federal
grant awarded to the Chicago region Feb. 17 to unclog rail congestion will
benefit Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads and Chicago Fire soccer aficionados along
with freight haulers, motorists and rail passengers, the Chicago Tribune
reports. That's because $20 million of that money will go toward building a
rail/highway underpass on 71st Street, west of Harlem Avenue and across from
Bridgeview's Toyota Park, a 28,000-seat sports and music venue.
Two train systems meant to
usher in a new era of transportation in Metro Orlando, Fla., are slated to run
along separate tracks that will intersect west of Orlando International
Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But, as it stands, there is no planned
connection where passengers from the $1.2-billion SunRail commuter train could
transfer to the $2.6-billion high-speed train or vice versa. How is that
Competition for the $1.5
billion in TIGER grants awarded Wednesday was grrrrrreat. But the results weren't so great
for Kansas, which got skunked, according to a column by Rob Roberts in the Kansas
City Business Journal.
Medina, Ohio, will upgrade
several railroad crossing signals and surfaces within city limits in order to
meet recently changed state and federal safety regulations. In addition,
officials have discussed the possibility of transforming the area, which is in
the city's southern portion, into a railroad quiet zone, the Medina Sun
During a special
ceremony on Feb. 18, Miami-Dade County officials renamed the Metromover
facility in downtown Miami to posthumously honor Miami-Dade Transit employee
Joseph Bryant. Bryant was a dedicated employee for 28 years, of which 15 years
were spent in the Metromover Maintenance Division, where Bryant rose through
the ranks to become a Metromover maintenance supervisor before losing his life
while on duty the evening of June 19, 2009.
Two separate construction
projects in Philadelphia will alter SEPTA's Broad Street Line service the
weekend of Feb 19-21. From 8 p.m. Feb. 19 through 4 p.m. Feb. 21, Broad Street
line trains will not stop at Fairmount Station as construction continues at
Spring Garden Station. Riders traveling northbound who wish to go to Fairmount
Avenue will have to exit the Broad Street Subway at Spring Garden Street and
transfer to the Route C bus. Southbound passengers will have to exit at Girard
Avenue to transfer to the Route C bus to Fairmount Avenue.
Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U. S. Department of Transportation said that
R. J. Corman Railroad Group's Appalachian Regional Shortline Project has been
awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant
of $17,551,028. This
transportation infrastructure grant will be matched by a 20 percent company
investment of $4,187,758 and by $200,000 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky bringing
the total project investment to $21,938,786. These funds will enable the rehabilitation
of hundreds of miles on five unconnected shortline railroads in Kentucky,
Tennessee and West Virginia.
CSX congratulated Ohio
Governor Ted Strickland, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, West Virginia Governor
Joe Manchin and the National Gateway coalition on the award of $98 million in
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant money. The
funds will go immediately to construction projects that enhance the use of fuel-efficient
and environmentally-friendly freight rail.
One year to the day after
President Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into
law, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will announce Recovery Act awards
to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the
country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects.