The Chicago Transit
Authority will hold a third round of public meetings in September to receive
input on the proposed Circle Line project. The meetings are part of the
Alternatives Analysis study - the first step in pursuing federal funding for
major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine
all the transit options available and determine a Locally Preferred Alternative.
Continuing its initiatives
to maintain world-class facilities while improving air quality at the Port of
New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority said that two major components of
the Port of New York and New Jersey's $600 million ExpressRail project have
been completed. The projects will allow 1.3 million cargo containers to be shipped
by rail, taking approximately three million trucks off state and local roads.
Transportation Authority board voted to spend $28.1 billion to improve transit
infrastructure in the region, including the tackling of major projects on the
Long Island Rail Road, Newsday reported. At a Manhattan meeting, the board
voted to adopt the MTA's proposed five-year capital program, which would fund
large transit projects from 2010 to 2014. The proposed budget still requires
approval from the four voting members of the state's MTA Capital Program Review
Ft. Worth City Council
members wrapped up a complicated deal with Union Pacific that will allow
construction of an overpass for the Southwest Parkway over the Davidson Rail
Yard along West Vickery Boulevard, according to The Star-Telegram.
"On September 22, the
National Transportation Safety Board made safety recommendations to officials at Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and Alstom Signaling, Inc.,
but the federal safety oversight agency still was not able to point to a cause
of Metro's June 22 accident.
Pan Am Southern railroad,
which wants to build an intermodal yard in the area, showed the town planning
board and residents how it plans to deal with noise and traffic concerns at a
meeting at Halfmoon, N.Y., town hall, local newspapers report.
BNSF officials were
cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad
industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail
reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF's
classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains
that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could
lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials
LRT and Northstar
system testing continue. Painting and striping of the streets in the project
area was completed. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT
stations. Punchlist work
continues at the suburban stations.
Work has begun to replace
BNSF Railway's 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington,
Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from
150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for
completion in the summer of 2011.