Washington, D.C., Metro
General Manager Richard Sarles testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies of the U.S.
Senate Committee on Appropriations May 19 and reiterated the transit agency's
request for $150 million in fiscal year 2011.
In doing so, Sarles provided a
description of his back-to-basics action plan to improve the safety and service
reliability of the Metro system.
Crews were working
through the night to finish two railroad bridges in Benton City, Wash., by 6
a.m. May 20, the Bellingham Herald reports. Construction of the BNSF ballast-deck
bridges with concrete girders started early May 19. Both are 121 feet long and
will allow traffic to pass under the railroad tracks.
The Norfolk Light Rail station
at Norfolk State University is one of 11 Light Rail stations that will run on
the 7.4 miles of track from Eastern Virginia Medical School to Newtown Road,
local media report. It's the only station that will sit high above city streets
and will have an elevator for passengers.
Customers can expect
lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes May 21-23 as old track components are
replaced on Washington, D.C., Metrorail's Red, Orange and Green lines, causing
inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the
The Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners authorized the agency to move ahead
with the purchase and redevelopment of Greenville Yards, a century-old rail
yard in Jersey City, N.J., that will serve as the lynchpin to removing up to
360,000 trash trucks annually from trans-Hudson crossings and New Jersey
highways by moving New York City's sealed containerized solid waste and other
commodities by barge and rail when appropriate facilities are completed by
Materials, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a
specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has
been awarded a $2.2-million special trackwork contract from Metro North.
Administrator Peter Rogoff told business and transit stakeholders gathered in
Boston that the Obama Administration is committed to keeping the nation's
transit systems efficient and maintained and asked for a similar commitment
During the regular
meeting, the Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority Board adopted 10
resolutions, including: 2010-35, Authorizing a $150,000 contract with Standard Contracting
and Engineering Inc. of
Brook Park to install upgraded ADA ramps and sidewalks at the Flats-East Bank
Rapid Station on the Waterfront Line, the West 98-Cudell Rapid Station on the
Red Line, the Parma Transit Center, the North Coast Rapid Station eastbound
platform on the Waterfront Line, the West Third Street Rapid Station eastbound
platform on the Waterfront Line, and the Euclid Park-N-Ride lot. The bid is 49
percent lower than the engineer's estimate.