A number of projects vital
to SEPTA and its riders will become budget casualties if the federal government
does not approve a plan to provide dedicated funding for transportation in
Pennsylvania, according to Fiscal Year 2011 budget projections. The Federal
Highway Administration is currently reviewing Pennsylvania's application to
convert Interstate 80 to a toll highway. This is a key component of Act 44, the
state law enacted in 2007 to create a dedicated source for transportation
funding throughout the Commonwealth.
Improvements by Pan Am
Southern to the rail route from Mechanicville, N.Y., to Ayer, Mass., in the
last year have increased capacity and speeds on the line and have the company
looking at further opportunities in New England, including the Fitchburg area,
the Worcester Telegram reports.
Where there's a will
there isn't always a way, if the way in question is a railway, said Toms Mills
in a column in the Sault Star. Both the federal and provincial governments are
apparently solidly behind providing money for infrastructure improvements to
keep the shortline railway operating between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.
Sault Star But though signals are showing green, the money is stalled on a
siding somewhere. Squabbling over what program will be the funding vehicle, or
whether the province will sign on to a federal cost-sharing infrastructure
scheme, seems to be holding things up.
Persistence is paying off
in a big way for Levelland, Texas, suggests the dust flying above a 300-acre
tract on the south side of Highway 114 east of the city, the Lubbock Avalanche
Journal reports. Construction is in the early phases of the Levelland
Industrial Rail Park, which already has two companies signed on the dotted line
on a site that's expected to attract $100 million in capital improvements and
1,000 new jobs to the Hockley County seat.
Norfolk Southern will break
ground on its Greencastle, Pa., intermodal rail facility this summer despite
news coming from Capitol Hill, a spokesman said, the Herald-Mail reports. The
mix of proposed legislation and funding denials that is troubling company
executives and local legislators has yet to slow the Greencastle project, said
Rudy Husband, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern.
"News of the 46-percent
cost overruns of the light rail project in Norfolk has some people wanting to
throw out the baby with the bath water. We shouldn't," said Gene Waters, a
former Chesapeake City Council member, light rail committee chairman and an HRT
commissioner. "I personally observed the hard work, integrity and dedication of
both commissioners and staff at Hampton Roads Transit. After discovering the
cost overruns, I'm sure it was very difficult for Norfolk's HRT representative,
Councilman Randy Wright and others to request the resignation of then-HRT chief
Long touted as a
"green" project that will reduce pollution, Norfolk Southern's
proposed truck-to-rail terminal in western Fayette County could pose a threat
to the source of Memphis' drinking water, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Work on a $2.8-million
project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place
from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday, March 15-19 between the San Mateo and Redwood
An international expert
on transit systems provided the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's
Board of Directors with a verbal assessment of the transit agency so that the
Board could use that analysis during the transition to an interim and then
permanent general manager.