Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph
Szabo announced historic safety regulations requiring that Positive Train
Control technology be installed on the nation's major rail lines, as well as
commuter and intercity passenger rail routes. PTC is an integrated set of
technologies that will help avert train-to-train collisions, derailments caused
by excessive speed, accidents caused by human error or misaligned switches and
harm to roadway workers.
A new street entrance to
the underground corridors serving Grand Central Terminal in New York City is
being built on the south side of 47th Street midway between Park Avenue and
Lexington Avenue. The new entrance will include a reversible escalator
connecting the street level to the 47th Street cross passageway as well as a
staircase from the street to the platform between Tracks 11 and 13 and from the
platform down into the cross passageway. Currently the east end of the 47th
Street cross passageway has no outlet.
Amtrak President and CEO
Joseph Boardman said that the state of America's passenger railroad is strong
and it had set a first quarter ridership record carrying nearly 7.2 million
passengers during the first three months of fiscal year 2010.
Residents of the St.
Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of
public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on
January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward"
plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range
transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from
the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.
Alaska Railroad is inviting the public to a series of open house to provide an
opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. The
open houses will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects
that are in various stages from conceptual planning to engineering and
construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are
located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks.
A proposed $9.1-million
project to alleviate railroad-caused traffic congestion on North Grand Street in
Amarillo, Texas, will move closer to starting Jan. 14 with a federally required
public gathering, according to the Amarillo Globe-News Online. The proposal
calls for construction of a bridge to carry Grand Street vehicle traffic over BNSF
tracks adjacent to Southeast Third Avenue.
Monroe, Ld., Mayor Jamie
Mayo, District 1 Councilman Jay Marx and city engineer Sinyale Morrison will be
in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 13-14 to meet with Kansas City Southern Railway
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty to discuss multiple local
projects, the Monroe News Star reports.
After a decade of talks,
Centennial Park in Helena, Mont., is finally whole, the Helena Independent
Record reports. BNSF officially donated a 9.1-acre former Great Northern spur
line to the city last month, prompting an official thank-you from city
commissioners this week.
early 2010, Seattle's Sound Transit will begin construction activities for the future
Capitol Hill light rail station.
Before the station excavation can begin there are some early work activities
that will be taking place over the next several weeks:
In recognition of the
critical importance freight rail transportation offers shippers throughout the
U.S., Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor program has been endorsed by 60
legislators on Capitol Hill as 2010 begins.