At a Cleveland Regional
Transportation Authority meeting, Joe Calabrese, CEO & General Manager,
presented RTA's federal legislative priorities. RTA is seeking four earmarks in
the 2011 appropriations cycle:
1. $5 million for the
construction of the proposed Mayfield Road Station
Cleveland near Little Italy.
2. $4.5 million for the construction of a new
Red Line station on Brookpark Road on the Cleveland-Brook Park border.
3. $1.5 million to
prepare the final design of a proposed .5 mile extension of
the Blue Line in Shaker
4. $5.0 million to
construct the final design of the Clifton Blvd.
Transit Enhancement Project
in Lakewood and Cleveland.
The National Gateway
coalition has added "Project Updates," an online resource for community
members, contractors and others seeking information about current and upcoming
National Gateway projects, to the initiative's Web site, NationalGateway.org.
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes for two consecutive
weekends beginning March 5 due to construction of the Expo light rail line,
which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. The bus
bridge begins March 5 at 9 p.m. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on March 5 and will
continue until the early morning hours of Monday, March 8, on the first
weekend. The same plan is for the second weekend beginning Friday night, March
12, and continuing until the early hours of Monday, March 15.
During weekends in March,
Metro in Washington, D.C., will weld rail and replace track fasteners, track
circuits and floating slabs that will help ensure more reliable Metrorail
service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of March 5
to 7, March 12 to 14, and March 19 to 21.
Metro will not conduct major track
maintenance during the opening of the National Cherry Blossom festival on
Saturday, March 27.
International Airport received its fifth installment of federal funding to
support airport expansion efforts, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville,
said, according to the Gary Post-Tribune. The $5-million grant will go toward
the airport's runway extension project and is part of a $57.8-million
allocation over 10 years. To date, the airport has received more than $25
million from its grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
NJ Transit will cut 200 jobs and apply an emergency spending
freeze in an attempt to fill a $300 million budget gap. Executive salaries will
be reduced by five percent and contributions to employee 401(k) retirement
accounts will be cut by a third, The Star-Ledger reported.
Although the reductions will save more than $30 million, the
agency is expected to announce service cuts and fare hikes next week, which
could start as soon as May and could be increased by 20 to 30 percent. The
state is also dealing with its own $2.2 billion budget gap and may withhold
close to $33 million in subsidies from the agency.
The 200 union and non-union layoffs represent around two
percent of the 10,500-person workforce at NJ Transit, the nation's
third-largest public transit system. It is the deepest one-year workforce
reduction in the agency's 30-year history.
NJ Transit will hold a series of public
meetings and information sessions around the state later this month. They are
scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Passaic County Community
College Theater in Paterson, NJ Transit headquarters in Newark, the Trenton
Transit Center and the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan; from 5:30 to 8:30
p.m. March 26 at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus, Camden City
Hall, Morristown Town Hall, Long Branch Middle School auditorium and Port
Authority Bus Terminal in New York; and from 1 to 4 p.m. March 27 at Bergen
County Freeholders public meeting room in Hackensack and the Atlantic City Rail
Corporate Responsibility has named Union Pacific Railroad
among its 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010. The only railroad named to the
list, Union Pacific is ranked second among all transportation companies and No.
The 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2010 measures Russell
1000 Index companies in approximately 360 data points across seven categories:
governance, environmental, human rights, employee relations, climate change,
philanthropy and financial. Union
Pacific ranks among the leaders in the governance and financial categories.
The Government of Canada and Via Rail Canada, Inc., are investing
in a new train station at Windsor, Ontario, that will feature improved and
VIA's new Windsor station will be fully accessible and will
be built on a site near the existing building. Scheduled for completion in the
fall of 2011, it will replace a structure originally built by Canadian National
in the early 1960s and expanded by VIA in 1982. The majority of the Can$6
million (US$5,850,804) in funding for the new Windsor station and related
improvements will come from Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. VIA's
Windsor Station Project is linked with other work currently or soon to be
underway throughout the Quebec-Windsor Corridor, which generates almost 90
percent of VIA's ridership and 75 percent of its revenue. In particular,
announced by VIA last year were improvements to the Chatham Subdivision with
federal funding of $17 million to add a new rail traffic control system and
major improvements to the track structure between Windsor and Chatham.
The construction of the new station is part
of an unprecedented Can$923 million (US$ 900,048,682) capital investment in
passenger rail modernization and expansion by the Government of Canada. This
investment is stimulating job creation, skills development and private sector
activity across the country. Additional infrastructure projects are aimed at
improving service quality and cost efficiency at other points across VIA's
coast-to-coast route network.