The first public open house
to discuss the Springfield rail corridor study drew more than 220 people to the
Prairie Capital Convention Center April 20, the State Journal-Register reports.
City and Sangamon County officials pushed for the study after the Illinois
Department of Transportation concluded the Union Pacific/Third Street line
would be the best route for high-speed passenger trains between Chicago and St.
Louis. Local officials contend the analysis will find 10th Street is a better
alternative for consolidated train traffic, possibly also including trains that
now use 19th Street.
Money for noise mitigation
that was part of Frankfort, Ill.'s, settlement with the Canadian National
Railway will be used to buy insulated windows and doors for nearby residents,
the Chicago Tribune reports. The village has received a $2.7-million grant for
noise mitigation projects from the CN. Village officials have been meeting with
residents who live near CN's tracks to determine ways to tone down railroad
Norfolk Southern is on
track to break ground later this year for its new intermodal facility in
Greencastle, Pa., a company official told members of the Greencastle-Antrim
Chamber of Commerce, local media report.
Following a national
search, TriMet has selected Shelly Lomax as its new executive director of operations.
Lomax has served as the interim executive since January. She will have direct
responsibility for the Operations division, which includes all bus, MAX and WES
operations and maintenance, system safety and security, accessible transportation,
labor relations, facilities and planning and development. Operations has 2,100
employees and a $300-million budget.
Leaving a little earlier
in the morning or a little later in the afternoon will help ensure a punctual,
uninterrupted ride for Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers through the
middle of June. Maintenance work on the Union Pacific tracks near Sedalia is
causing Amtrak to temporarily adjust its schedules from April 25 to June 16,
The public is needed to
provide input into the first phase of the Vancouver, B.C., UBC Line Rapid Transit Study. Community
consultation meetings for this phase of the study start the week of April 19 and
continue through mid-May.
MTA New York City Transit
is beginning an Alternatives Analysis Study that will look at improving transit
service on the North Shore of Staten Island. The first open house will be held
on April 22 to discuss the re-use of the former Staten Island Railway North
Shore Branch. The public is invited to come and comment on potential
alternatives to be considered, the goals and objectives of the study and other
A familiar Philip Shucet
project from his days as commissioner of the Virginia Department of
Transportation is now coming to Hampton Roads Transit, local media report.
On April 22, Shucet, now president of HRT, will unveil the "HRT Performance
Dashboard." The online tracking tool allows the public to see how efficiently
HRT is completing tasks.
As the Senate
contemplates sweeping climate change legislation, the OneRail Coalition
submitted a letter to Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
and Joseph Leiberman (I-Conn.) urging them to carefully weigh the implications
of such a policy on different transportation modes. The group urged the
Senators to "ensure that such funds could not be misallocated to the detriment
of sustainable, environmentally favorable and energy efficient transportation
(The following editorial appeared
in the Christian Science Monitor.) Unlike in the United States, air passengers
stranded in Europe because of the effects of a volcano have more transportation
options with highly interconnected and efficient trains, buses, and ferries.