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.
The Bourbon County, Kan.,
Commissioners are working hard to get signals installed at a dangerous railroad
crossing, The Fort Scott Tribune reports. Since earlier this summer, the
commission has been working on getting signals installed at the railroad
crossing on 225th Street, one-quarter of a mile south of Hammond.
Texas, City and Economic Development officials recently broke ground on an $8.6-million
industrial rail park to be built in the 12,866-population town.
Metrolinx purchased from CN
the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for
C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the
60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and
Barrie, Ont. - a first for the government transit agency.
Stella-Jones Inc. has
signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Tangent Rail Corporation, a
provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This
acquisition will expand Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie
industry and provide the company with creosote manufacturing operations.
Tangent's sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 are expected to reach
approximately US$175 million.