BART crews are installing
two new crossover tracks between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations. This
work requires that the agency close the tracks between these two stations on
two weekends: March 26-28 and May 28-30 (Memorial Day weekend). To accommodate
customers, BART will provide a free bus bridge service between Walnut Creek and
Pleasant Hill (in both directions) during both weekends. BART suggests that customers
allow up to 20 additional minutes for the bus detour.
Three decades is a long
time to wait for a train. So Los Angeles is asking the federal government for
help in borrowing $9 billion to speed construction of 12 new mass-transit rail
lines, The Wall Street Journal reports. With Washington's backing, city
officials say they could make a dramatic improvement to public transportation
in just 10 years -- including a dreamy-sounding Subway to the Sea -- after
decades of stalled attempts to equip the sprawling metro area with a
comprehensive public-transportation system.
Montana state officials
have accepted the results of a study sponsored by the city of Whitefish of an
underground diesel plume caused by spills at BNSF's locomotive fueling station
in Whitefish, a Superfund site, the Whitefish Pilot reports. Using $50,000 in
state grant money obtained by the city, Roger Noble and Applied Water
Consulting, of Kalispell, investigated the extent of the contamination in
Whitefish's Railway District and a neighborhood east of the middle school.
Metro and the
Sierra Club, along with the American Lung Association in Missouri, Sisters of
St. Joseph of Carondelet and other clean air advocates, will participate in a
National Clean Air Day event at the Civic Center MetroLink Station March 16.
Participants will distribute "I Heart Clean Air" postcards and a sweet treat as
a "thank you" to Metro riders for helping to keep the air clean by choosing
Gov. John Baldacci provided the details of a $79-million bond proposal that includes
money to save northern Maine's last major rail line and to fund transportation
projects across the state, the Bangor Daily News reports. Pitching the bond package as a type of stimulus
measure, Baldacci said the additional state borrowing would create or protect
thousands of jobs in the state while investing in much-needed highway and
The Chicago Transit Board approved a revenue-generating contract to place additional Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at rail stations and employee facilities. The ATM contract will generate a total of at least $1.3 million over the next five years. This is in addition to the $4.7 million contract announced at last month's Board meeting.
Colo Railroad Builders, a leading provider of railroad
construction and maintenance services to shortline and Class 1 railroads, has
added three new offices, one in Kansas and two in Texas.
Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)
is celebrating its 125th year as a New York City-based international
engineering giant. In 1885, William Barclay Parsons established a consulting
engineering practice at 22 William Street in Lower Manhattan. Since then, PB
has continued to play leading roles on transportation, power, buildings, and
environmental projects throughout the world. Today, the firm is a strategic
consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management
organization with approximately 14,000 employees in 150 offices on six
will start digging for the Central Corridor LRT line in August east of the
Capitol where work will begin on Robert and 12th streets north of Interstate
94, the Central Corridor Project Office said today. Utility relocations in this
area will be done concurrently with LRT construction.
On March 22, Central Texans
will have a new way to commute as Capital Metro opens its passenger rail line,
Capital MetroRail. Capital Metro said that it will begin passenger service on
the 32-mile Red Line from Leander to Downtown Austin and will offer free fares
the first week of service. There will be nine trips in the morning (six
southbound and three northbound trips) and 10 trips in the afternoon (six northbound
and four southbound trips). The first train will leave Leander Station at 5:25