(The following commentary
appeared in The Virginian-Pilot
September 26, 2010.) The Tide's financial mismanagement
will cost Norfolk's citizens millions of dollars more than originally planned. That's
Michigan Tech is working on
what it believes is a first-ever collaborative study between the U.S. and the European
Union to improve railway education.
Va., City Council members viewed a proposal to create a combined Amtrak and
Hampton Roads Transit station in downtown Suffolk, near the Saratoga
neighborhood, the Suffolk News Herald reports. City leaders pinpointed the
former site of the Golden Peanut Company, in between Saratoga and Wellons
streets, as a suitable location for a train and bus transportation hub. The
site still includes the company's abandoned buildings, which feature broken
windows, graffiti and at least one tree growing on the roof.
Michel Labrecque, chairman
of Montreal's STM Board of directors, said the agency signed the Sustainable
Development Charter of Union internationale des transports publics (UITP) in
West Lake Street in Ft.
Collins, Colo., will be closed to all traffic at the BNSF railroad tracks west
of College Avenue for track repairs and improvements, the Coloradoan reports. The
work is scheduled to begin Sept. 28 and continue through Oct. 5, weather
permitting. A detour route will be provided to direct through traffic to use
College Avenue and Centre Avenue.
Even in a time of
belt-tightening and dreams deferred, a long-sought CTA project is in the works,
offering the promise of improved transportation and economic rebirth for poorly
served Chicago communities, according to a story by Jon Hilkevitch in the Chicago
The Illinois Department of
Transportation has selected Hanson Professional Services of Springfield to
evaluate environmental consequences of building a new rail line between St.
Louis and Chicago for high-speed passenger trains, the State Journal-Register
reports. Hanson will work with the Parsons Transportation Group, a branch of
the construction and engineering firm of Parsons Corp., headquartered in
As part of the Sound
Transit 2 plan approved by Metropolitan Seattle voters in 2008, the agency is
starting the formal planning process for mass transit between Northgate and
Lynnwood with early scoping. Sound Transit wants to hear from residents because
public input received during this early scoping process will help us identify
the best way to serve a given community.
Kansas and Oklahoma
officials already are at work on a development plan for rail passenger service
between the Kansas City area and Oklahoma City, with a stop in Topeka, even
though they haven't actually seen Washington's money yet, the Topeka Capital
Journal reports. The Federal Railroad Administration recently announced the
approval of a $250,000 grant to the Kansas Department of Transportation to do
Work to improve the train
station in Burlington, N.C., should begin this fall or winter, with about
$685,000 worth of improvements being added there, the Times-News reports. The
station, an Amtrak hub on the Raleigh-to-Charlotte line, will get a new backup
electric generator, video security system and passenger information display
system. The size of the boarding platform will be doubled in length, allowing
the train to stop only once to board and unload passengers.