If Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles County will soon embark on a
commuter-rail building boom the likes of which the region has never seen, The
Los Angeles Times reports. On Oct. 30, the mayor today will unveil an ambitious
but politically risky transportation plan that fast-tracks several high-profile
rail projects to be completed within the next decade. That's a big speed-up,
because officials have generally been talking about completing them within 30
the release of new Strategic Guidance and the FY 2010-2014 Five Year Financial
Plan, Amtrak aims to continue the solid ridership growth seen in recent years
and position itself to maximize this historic moment in federal and state
support for more passenger rail service, including for the development of
high-speed rail corridors.
Rail service between the
Blue Line's Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended
from 10 p.m. October 30 until 4 a.m. November 2, as work to replace track in
the south end of the Dearborn subway continues this weekend. Bus shuttles will
operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the
Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations.
On the fourth anniversary
of the opening of the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line, Metro work crews have
officially completed the first construction phase of the line's four-mile
extension in the North San Fernando Valley: a parking lot at the Chatsworth
By 2030, the 16-mile
extension is estimated to generate an additional $11.42 billion in gross
regional product and $3.27 billion in personal income, with 66 percent of those
dollars staying in Santa Clara County and the remainder benefiting the Bay Area
region. The national average of short- and long-term economic benefits of
public transit investments outlined in the APTA report is for every $1 invested
in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns.
County, Calif., residents are one step closer to riding light rail between Monterey and Marina
after the Transportation Agency selected light rail as the locally preferred alternative
for the Monterey Branch Line transit corridor. The 16-mile corridor extends between Monterey and
Castroville on the publicly-owned tracks adjacent to Highway 1.
The American Public
Transportation Association and the International Union of Railways (Union
Internationale des Chemins de Fer, or UIC) will host three regional seminars in
early 2010. The goal of these seminars is to provide U.S. decision makers the
information necessary to implement high-speed rail.
Weekend motorists and
pedestrians using the intersection of Market and San Carlos streets in San Jose,
Calif., and VTA light rail riders traveling to, from or through Convention
Center Light Rail Station will be affected as three sections of aging light
rail track running in the median of San Carlos Street between Market Street and
Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose are replaced.
About 200 feet of railroad
track -- including 400 feet of rail and 160 ties -- along the Nickel Plate Road
rail line was damaged by heat during last week's tanker truck explosion at I-69
and I-465, the Indianapolis Star reports. That's the rail line that
transportation advocates hope to use for light rail service from Noblesville to
Downtown Indianapolis. The Nickel Plate runs underneath the I-465 East/West
overpass and alongside the I-69 southbound ramp.
Track maintenance on the Washington,
D.C., Metrorail Red and Orange lines Oct. 30-Nov.2 will cause inbound and
outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least
30 minutes of time to their trips.
Metrorail customers traveling between the
Friendship Heights and Van Ness-UDC Metrorail stations should add at least 30
minutes to their travel time for their trips because Metro will replace rail
fasteners that stabilize tracks and make tunnel repairs. Trains will share one
track between these locations throughout the weekend from 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, to
closing (midnight) on Nov. 1.