North Carolina Gov. Bev
Perdue said that the state submitted the second round of high-speed rail
applications for competitive funding under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. North Carolina is applying for funds totaling more than $5
billion for four projects to help further develop the federally designated
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.
They don't look like much
at first glance: Narrow, freshly installed medians jutting up in the middle of
the road on either side of two railroad crossings, the Grand Island, Neb.,
Independent reports. But since Sept. 1, those medians have allowed Broken Bow's
east side to finally experience some respite from the horns of the trains that
regularly rush through town.
The Kansas Department of
Transportation has submitted a final grant application totaling $10 million to
the Federal Railroad Administration for funding under the High Speed/Intercity
Passenger Rail program using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, said Ron Kaufman with KDOT, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
At the Northstar commuter
rail station in Fridley, Minn., installation of station platform pavers was
completed and roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues.
Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances has begun.
Painting of the steel on the station platform and the east and west entrances
is completed for now and will continue after glass installation occurs.
(Below is a letter to The Honorable Peter M.
, from the National Association of Rail Pasengers. The letter was co-signed by several other organizations interested in rail passenger service.)
Joined by federal, state and local officials in
united support, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed his submission of the
state's application for nearly $4.7 billion in federal American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funding for engineering, design and construction on California's
high-speed train system. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match from state and
local funds, including the high-speed rail bond passed by California voters in
November 2008, the state's application would generate a nearly $10 billion
investment. This funding would collectively create nearly 130,000 jobs
A map from 1900 that
highlighted Kansas railways would have just been one giant black blob from all
the crisscrossing railways, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., reports.
no longer true. Five counties in the state no longer have any railway of any
sort (Rooks, Graham, Greenwood, Chautauqua and Comanche).
Railroads might have their
roots in the 19th century, but they still are important to the area economy,
say transportation and economic development officials, The Longview News-Journal
reports. Two area groups, meanwhile, are working to provide more rail options.
Prisco R. Morella expects
a delivery every day. On Wednesday, it came at 1:45 in the afternoon - 126,000
gallons of vegetable oil, The Telegram and Gazette in Worcester, Mass., reports.
Cowboys Stadium will get
temporary commuter rail service for the 2011 Super Bowl, but it might not be
the plan that was previously announced, The Dallas Morning News reports.