BART has received FTA
Administrator Peter Rogoff's letter stating that the FTA has rejected BART's
plan to meet the FTA's standards of full compliance with Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act. This letter cites no substantive deficiencies in BART's latest
draft action plan to correct Title VI deficiencies identified in a December
2009 audit. Instead, the basis of the FTA Administrator's rejection rests
solely on the fact that BART's plan contains a timetable with an end date
beyond September 30, 2010-the deadline for awarding stimulus fund grants.
When railroads were first stretching their tentacles across vast new parts of this country, each new expanse of track was bought with Herculean human labor, the Racine, Wis., Journal-Times reports. No longer. Maintaining and replacing the rails still requires manpower, but far less of it. Mechanization has replaced much of what the gandy dancer and the sledgehammer achieved.
A and C Line customers
headed downtown from six stations in Washington Heights and Harlem will benefit
from a new pilot project testing the delivery of next train arrival information
similar to that now in service along the L line and recently deployed in
several Bronx stations on the 6.
If the convention center
was a colossal and contentious public project, wait until you see Nashville Mayor
Karl Dean's next undertaking: a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to
renovate Middle Tennessee's mass transportation system, the Tennessean reports.
The payback to residents of the greater Nashville area, Dean says, will be a
mass transit system to rival that of Denver, Charlotte and Austin.
Rather than choosing
between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch
Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding
proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans
for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to
the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond
Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal
A proposed 3.3-mile rail
spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main
line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property
acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated
$34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison
County Independent reports.
When passenger rail
service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely
upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.
Proposed changes to
Scottsbluff, Neb., city intersections could put establishing a quiet zone
throughout the community on the fast track, the Star-Herald reports. City
Manager Rick Kuckkahn told the Scottsbluff City Council that a current plan "could
completely silence the town (of train horns)."
A morning swig from a
plastic milk jug, the refrigerator where it was kept and the spoon used to
shovel that first bite of breakfast - the journey these everyday items take
from raw materials to finished products started at local railroad yards,
according to the Redlands, Calif., Daily Facts.
On Feb. 5, MPR President
Bill Kling appeared on his radio network in an attempt to justify his lawsuit
against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light-rail transit project.