The Santa Clara Valley,
Calif., Transportation Authority Board of Directors unanimously adopted the
2010 Short Range Transit Plan Feb. 4. In compliance with the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission's requirement, VTA produced the 2010 SRTP to plan for
transit service over the next 10 years. The Board's approval of the 2010 SRTP
makes VTA eligible for federal and state transportation grants.
Since mid-January, when
MTA Metro-North railroad launched its new service, Train Time, more than 71,000
"hits" show it's a real hit with customers. And live demonstrations
are now going to hit the following stations: Hastings on Tuesday, February 9;
on Tuesday, February 16; Port Chester on Tuesday, February 23. From 7 a.m. to
9:30 a.m., Metro-North Customer Service representatives will demonstrate how
this convenient, real-time train status and schedule information is easily
accessible via smart phones and computers.
They will show how, by
using a web-enabled smart phone or computer, a customer can select a station
from the user-friendly drop-down menu and simply click. So far, 67 stations
across all three lines are on-line, including Grand Central and Harlem-125th
Street, and more will be added this spring.
"This new service
allows customers to check the status of train service in real time at their
home stations or wherever they are traveling," said Metro-North President
Howard Permut. "It gives people the freedom to plan a trip and get
up-to-the-minute information to make necessary adjustments while they are out
and about. We think it's a technology whose time has come."
Smart phones and computers
will show whether a train is On Time, Late, Canceled or Delayed, including the number of minutes it is late, also what track it will arrive on and what stops it makes.
Ohio's planned passenger
rail system could be on a collision course with another one of the state's key
economic priorities - expanding its powerful, growing freight and logistics
industry, Business First of Columbus reports. The state's plan for a passenger
line calls for running passenger trains on heavily traveled freight tracks that
crisscross the state instead of putting them on dedicated lines, as may be done
in other states such as California.
A Kalamazoo-based Michigan
railroad is approaching its first anniversary of service on its
Elkhart-to-Grand Rapids route, and officials with the Grand Elk Railroad say
St. Joseph County is proving to be a critical part of its success and growth, the Sturgis Journal reports. After working out a long-term track lease
with Norfolk Southern last March, the Grand Elk and its seven distinctive black
and yellow locomotives began rumbling along the north-south route on April 1.
The Jo-Carroll Depot
Local Redevelopment Authority agreed to give Riverport Railroad a three-year
option to buy a 400-acre industrial park at the former Savanna Army Depot 20
miles north of Thomson Correctional Center, Executive Director Diane M.
Komiskey, local media report.
Police and firefighters are investigating what appears to be an intentionally set blaze that damaged one and destroyed another railroad track repair vehicle, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News reports. It took firefighters less than 20 minutes about 5:40 a.m. Feb. 3, to get the fires under control along the railroad tracks near 506 E. Xenia Ave., according to reports.
Drivers will spend less
time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its
trains on the rail line that parallels State Highway 279 in Malvern, Ark. The
train speed limit will increase from 35 miles per hour to 60 mph on nearly two
miles of track that crosses Banks, Babcock and Cabe Streets.
U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.)
gathered state, municipal and Congressional representatives and other
stakeholders of the U.S. Northeast Corridor (NEC) to help relaunch an effort to
bring high-speed passenger rail service to the region. Attending the meeting
were various officials and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The top transit official
for President Barack Obama's administration will be in Denver Feb. 5 announcing
major funding for the FasTracks project, the Denver Business Journal reports. Peter
Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, is to join U.S. Senator
Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Phil Washington, the head of
the Regional Transportation District, at Denver Union Station on Friday