Latest Rail News

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said that a total of $3,009,763 will be coming to Iowa to cover the cost of repairing damage to some of Iowa's smaller railroads sustained during 2008's historic storms and floods. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration, and was initially appropriated in the 2008 Disaster Appropriations bill. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds transportation initiatives.

--> ...

New Jersey transportation officials said Oct. 5 they had indefinitely suspended about 100 state-funded road and rail projects in their early stages as the cash-strapped state grapples with how to pay for needed infrastructure improvements over the long haul, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

--> ...

Bridge or tunnel? The city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., seems poised to plunge into another contentious debate over the best way to get people past a body of water, the Sun-Sentinel reports. A decade ago, the fight was over what to do with the 17th Street Causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway. Today, it's the Florida East Coast Railway and a proposed commuter train that needs to cross the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale without being held up by boats.

--> ...

The New York MTA, which is about to raise fares, wasted at least $722,000 on a safety program so fatally flawed it should be scrapped, a scathing report concludes, the New York Daily News reports. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority routinely miscalculated how well contractors were doing in preventing accidents and curbing injury-related costs on construction projects, the MTA inspector general's office concluded. As a result, contractors got larger bonus payments than they deserved.

--> ...

The United States is saddled with a rapidly decaying and woefully underfunded transportation system that will undermine its status in the global economy unless Congress and the public embrace innovative reforms, a bipartisan panel of experts concludes, reports The Washington Post.

--> ...

Mario Brault, president of Huron Central Railway, sees on the horizon for the first time, a profit for his company, Sault Ste Marie This Week reports. He doesn't look for huge sums of money. Brault, upbeat and forthcoming, pointed out few companies can survive without "a little bit of profit," and a C$33-million contribution from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario has opened the way.

--> ...

Hampton Roads Transit has been awarded an $8.48-million federal grant toward replacing its aging administrative headquarters, a former Cadillac showroom on Monticello Avenue, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports.

--> ...

The Government Center T station has the charm of a bomb shelter - and that's its most winsome feature, the Boston Herald reports. Impressions only get worse up close.

--> ...

Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? The Minneapolis Star Tribune asks.

--> ...

The nation's top official in charge of helping minorities with big dreams but often little cash visited BART to look at the innovative ways the transit agency gives small business owners a leg up in a down economy.

--> ...
612
Page 612 of 856