The Association of American
Railroads issued the following statement by AAR President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the STB
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed
a transportation bill that will provide new funding to Tri-Rail, South
Florida's cash-trapped commuter train, and boost billion-dollar rail projects
in the Central Florida region, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The railroad tracks from
Boston to Washington - the busiest rail artery in the nation, and one that also
carries America's only high-speed train, the Acela - have been virtually shut
out of $8 billion worth of federal stimulus money set aside for high-speed rail
projects because of a strict environmental review required by the Obama
administration, according to the Boston Globe. Because such a review would take
years, states along the Northeast rail corridor are not able to pursue stimulus
money for a variety of crucial upgrades.
To advance the BART to
Silicon Valley Project parking spaces and lane closures will occur while crews
conduct work to identify utilities along Capitol Ave between Trimble Road and Montague
Expressway in Milpitas, Calif., Monday, December 21, 2009, through Thursday,
December 31, 2010, weekdays only, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding lunch from
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Utility investigation activities include quick vacuum
excavation in a one-foot x one-foot hole approximately five to six feet in
depth, extracting the material to expose and survey the utility, to confirm
utility and depth.
Some Beaumont, Texas,
residents are outraged over a construction project near downtown that is
preventing some residents from being able to park in their own driveway, local
media report. BNSF is rehabilitating the tracks along Long Avenue and residents
say the construction is causing problems for the entire neighborhood.
The Federal Transit
Administration notified METRO that it has approved Houston's University
Corridor Light Rail Transit project into the Preliminary Engineering phase of
the FTA's New Starts program. METRO can now move forward with engineering
activities as publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and
approval of a Record of Decision are imminent.
Massachusetts Bay Commuter
Railroad Company said that as the result of a critical ongoing concrete tie
replacement project on the Old Colony Line, a new schedule for the
Middleboro/Lakeville, and Plymouth/Kingston and Greenbush lines will go into
effect on January 11, 2010. These schedule changes better reflect actual travel
times that have resulted following implementation of a 50 mile-per-hour speed
restriction, which is essential for safe travel on the line.
Transportation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into
contract negotiations with Phil Washington to serve as the agency's new general
manager and chief executive officer.
To provide the latest
information about upcoming service modifications, California's Santa Clara
Valley Transportation Authority launched a brand new Web page. The goal is to
make it easy for VTA customers to view the new bus and light rail schedules
with one click of a mouse. The detailed and visual information about service
changes can be found on www.vta.org/servicereductions. The new web page includes
a system map and a light rail transit map, specific route changes, and a
Frequently Asked Questions link. VTA's service reduction will be in effect
beginning Monday, January 11, 2010.