regulators approved funding to improve the safety of traffic signals at three
railroad crossings in Auburn, Wash., local media report. The Washington
Utilities and Transportation Commission approved $20,000 from the Grade Crossing
Protection Fund for the City of Auburn to install battery backup power systems
between the railroad and traffic signals at three crossings located in Auburn.
It may not be as much fun. It's
not what was promised. But it will be open, and that's undoubtedly a success,
the Kansas City Star reports. A decade after voters rejuvenated the
architectural corpse of Union Station - helping to infuse $263 million into its
bloodstream - leaders of the former train depot are moving forward with a new
business plan to save the life of the grand building that has been hemorrhaging
millions of dollars since the day of its rebirth.
March 1-4, between 8 p.m.
and 4 a.m., crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing
Improvement Program. Work will take place in Redwood City at Main Street and Chestnut
Street; in Menlo Park at Encinal Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood
Avenue; and in Atherton at Fair Oaks Lane.
The Port Authority Board of
Commissioners today awarded the largest contract to date for the World Trade
Center Transportation Hub, which will allow a critical portion of the major
transportation facility to be built that will eventually serve more than 200,000
commuters. The contract came in on budget.
Transportation said it has won a contract to supply TriMet, Portland, Oregon's
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District transit network, with an
advanced voice radio and data communications system to help increase safety and
efficiency for TriMet's 115 million annual passengers.
Sound Transit contractors
begin work Feb. 27-28 to make light rail tracks in Seattle and Tukwila quieter.
The work will take place overnight, mostly on weekends and may cause service
delays between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Information on service interruptions will be
available at all stations.
Cost overruns on Norfolk's
light-rail project have created a potential cash-flow crunch for the $338-million
starter line, Hampton Roads Transit's board learned Feb. 25, The
Virginian-Pilot reports. The increasing costs rolled out over the past couple
of months prompted the Federal Transit Administration to hold up $26.8 million
of federal money already approved for the project, HRT President and CEO Philip
has been chosen to complete the Yard Automation System at Transnet's Kimberley
Yard in South Africa. The
automation system will be comprised of RailComm's DOC® (Domain Operations
Controller) server- based central control system and 11 associated
outdoor-rated control panels.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors approved the addition
of a new fully underground light rail alternative underneath Little Tokyo for
the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Study now in environmental review. The
new alternative was added to meet the concerns of the Little Tokyo/Arts
District Community raised during scoping and ongoing working group meetings.
Community members opposed an at-grade crossing at First and Alameda Streets,
asserting the alternative would disrupt street activity in the historic Little
With the prospect of
high-speed rail at least six years off, Virginia officials want to spend $75
million on an intermediate step that they say could become reality in half that
time: a conventional passenger train from Norfolk to Richmond, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot