With a $32-million grant in
hand, Joliet, Ill., officials are hopeful that a new transportation center will
put the city on the map as a regional transportation hub, the Chicago Tribune
reports. Joliet officials recently learned of the state grant, which came just
one week after the city was turned down for a federal grant for the project.
The state grant, announced Oct. 28, will allow for the construction of a
transportation center immediately south of Union Station.
Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.),
who is expected to chair the House Highways Subcommittee of the Transportation
& Infrastructure Committee in the next Congress in 2011, is quoted by the
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that high-speed rail funds being returned to
Washington by Ohio and Wisconsin most likely will be recycled to high-speed
rail projects elsewhere.
Classic fall weather has
settled in over the Philadelphia region, adding a touch of beauty to SEPTA
riders' commutes as trees trade in their drab green summer leaves for colorful
mixes of yellows, oranges and reds.
The Port of Quincy, Wash.,
recently held a Rural Freight Mobility Summit. More than 70 agricultural, food
processing, railroad, trucking, ocean cargo, economic development, warehousing
and distribution leaders attended the summit, which primarily focused on
freight mobility and transportation issues (intermodal, distribution, rail and trucking
issues) impacting perishable shippers in North Central Washington and the
Columbia Basin of Washington State.
Some Cary, N.C., residents
are unhappy with a bit of gardening that CSX Transportation did near its
railroad last month, the Cary News reports. Workers came through with a large
machine and tore apart trees along several stretches of rail in Cary, residents
Responding to a Chicago Tribune story that raised questions
about the level of diesel emissions on downtown platforms and onboard trains,
Metra on Tuesday said it has hired an independent firm to conduct tests and is
forming a task force to investigate the problem and propose new ways to improve
the air quality.
The Honorable Rob
Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and David Hoff, a member of VIA Rail's
Board of Directors announced an investment of C$5.1 million in VIA Rail's
Heritage train station in Vancouver. They were joined at the city's Pacific
Central Station by Gregor Robertson, the Mayor of Vancouver.
Union Pacific will increase
its capital spending by 25 percent to $3.25 billion in 2011, the Journal of
Commerce reports. UP capital expenditures in 2010 totaled $2.6 billion.
Urban planners and
promoters of light rail often cite the 52-mile MAX light-rail system in
Portland, Ore., for generating several billion dollars of real estate
development around its stations since it began operating in 1986, The
reports. In Charlotte, N.C., where the 9.6-mile Lynx
light-rail system opened in 2007, development has been more restrained, though
that may be a reflection of the economy.
New York City's
most-beloved galaxy, the constellation ceiling above Grand Central Terminal's
Main Concourse, came alive recently with new luminosity in the form of
light-emitting diodes. Fifty-nine of the brightest stars in the winter sky,
such as Castor and Pollux in Gemini and Rigel in Orion, were turned on Nov. 8
now that MTA Metro-North Railroad, steward of the Terminal, has completed
installation of new fixtures.