Port of Seattle contractors
recently successfully installed the pedestrian bridge that connects the new
airport Link light rail station with the airport parking garage. Traffic was
temporarily detoured. The bridgework was a
significant step in the construction of the SeaTac/Airport light rail station.
Overall, work is coming along well and passenger service to the new station
will begin in December. Once that extension is made, passenger will be able to
ride a Link train from the airport all the way to downtown Seattle.
The Société de transport
de Montréal said Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM métro stations are now equipped
with elevators to reach the lower platform levels. As such, the STM is
providing better access to all clients traveling along the Orange line,
particularly those with functional limitations. The installation of elevators
in these two stations, in addition to Cartier, De La Concorde and Montmorency
stations, now brings the number of accessible stations on the Orange line up to
five. Henri-Bourassa, Bonaventure and Côte-Vertu stations will also be equipped
with elevators by early 2011.
After two years of
studying options for a new transit system for the Crenshaw Corridor, the Los
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging public
comment on draft environmental documents at four public hearings scheduled
throughout the community in late September and early October.
One year after 25 people
died in a violent head-on collision between a Los Angeles Metrolink passenger
train and freight train, officials have cobbled together more than $74 million
to pay for an automatic train-stopping system along Southern California tracks
to keep it from happening again, The Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise
reports. Though they are pleased with the progress, a lot of ground remains to
be covered to meet a self-imposed 2012 deadline to install such a system on
passenger train routes.
Freight trains have begun
moving across a new $43-million bridge over Iowa's Des Moines River that
reportedly is the tallest double-track railroad structure in North America, the
Des Moines Register reports.
The Boone High Bridge, which is 2,550 feet long
and 190 feet high, will improve operational efficiency and customer service on
Iowa's busiest railroad corridor, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for the Union
Pacific Railroad, which commissioned the bridge project.
Amtrak is back on board. After six months of negotiations
with state and city officials, the railroad agreed to join the long-delayed
makeover of Farley Post Office as Moynihan Station, according to the New York Daily News.
The governing bodies of
the Consolidated Rail System Federation and the Nickel Plate - Wheeling &
Lake Erie Federation, of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division
finalized a merger between the two federations. The newly merged federation will
retain the name, Consolidated Rail System Federation.
BNSF is replacing sections
of old track between Pasco and Yakima, Wash., local newspapers report. The $3-million
project, which started earlier this week, will help rehabilitate about 10 miles
of track, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.
By now, those of us who
usually drive between Sauk Trail and Indianwood Boulevard on Orchard Drive in
Park Forest have found new ways to get from here to there, according to a
column by Jerry Schnay in the Southtown Star. The village is replacing sewer
pipes in the area, the start of a three-year project that will eventually
result in the complete renovation of Orchard Drive, including a center turn
lane north of Lakewood Boulevard and two left-turn lanes at the intersection of
U.S. 30 at the north end of town.