The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved the addition
of a new fully underground light rail alternative underneath Little Tokyo for
the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Study now in environmental review. The
new alternative was added to meet the concerns of the Little Tokyo/Arts
District Community raised during scoping and ongoing working group meetings.
Community members opposed an at-grade crossing at First and Alameda Streets,
asserting the alternative would disrupt street activity in the historic Little
With the prospect of
high-speed rail at least six years off, Virginia officials want to spend $75
million on an intermediate step that they say could become reality in half that
time: a conventional passenger train from Norfolk to Richmond, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Track maintenance on the
Red Line in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains
to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 20 minutes to their trips.
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes February
26-28 due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with
the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on
Friday night and continue until the close of rail service on Sunday night
February 28. Every attempt will be made to have service restored by Monday
morning. Should any unforeseen delay occur, train service will be supplemented
by buses between Washington and 7th St./Metro Center Stations. All
work is subject to weather delays.
When the Department of
Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one
of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area, the New York
Times reports. Almost all of the country's freight railroads converge there.
The region handles so much cargo that only three cities outrank it: Hong Kong,
Singapore and Shanghai.
Medina City, Ohio, will
not be a railroad quiet zone, at least not any time soon, the Medina Sun
reports. At its most recent meeting, Medina City Council chose not to pursue a
quiet zone in city limits as part of the city's planned railroad improvements.
A quiet zone would eliminate the use of train horns while traveling through the
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will
allow sheep and goats to continue providing weed abatement services at Cerone
Operating Division in North San Jose, Calif.
associated with Texas Department of Transportation construction on portions of
State Highway 114 will likely delay the opening of the first two segments of
the DART Rail Orange Line, DART officials said.
The California Legislature recently
passed a bill that could generate more than 6,000 transportation jobs in Orange
County. The measure will now go to Governor Schwarzenegger for approval, the
Orange County Register reports.