The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA) received notification that the Federal Transit
Administration issued a Record of Decision for the first 10-mile phase of BART
Silicon Valley. This milestone signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of
the National Environmental Policy Act, thereby issuing environmental impact
approval for the $2.1-billion Berryessa Extension.
After years of using a
concrete slab as the Amtrak train station, the city of Beaumont, Texas, will
see a new station constructed in coming months, the Examiner reports. Amtrak
received more than $1.1 million in federal funding through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was allotted for the construction of a new
station in Beaumont.
President Jim Hoffa called on Congress to stress road and bridge repair and
public transit expansion in the next federal highway bill.
MAX Red Line trains will
not run between Gateway Transit Center and Portland, Ore., International
Airport Saturday, June 26-27 due to track maintenance. Crews are installing
rail expansion joints to reinforce the track and help trains maintain normal
speeds when outside temperatures rise and the rails expand and flex.
ENSCO, Inc., made
significant changes to its executive leadership team. Gregory B. Young has
assumed the role of ENSCO's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective
June 17. Young leads strategic direction and all company operations including
financial management and performance, business planning and execution, research
and development, and corporate and operating division oversight. He brings
significant experience to his position through a 29-year association with the
company. Young served as ENSCO's president from 1994-2006 and as a member of
the Board of Directors.
U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood announced members of the Transit Rail Advisory
Committee for Safety (TRACS), a newly-formed advisory committee that will
assist the Federal Transit Administration with developing national safety
standards for rail transit.
As part of BART's
system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, in July the agency will begin
strengthening structures at the El Cerrito Plaza Station to withstand future
earthquakes. While this work is going on, there will be times that we will need
to change pedestrian access and traffic flow to the station.
The U.S. rail manufacturing
industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years as Amtrak
upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains and as lawmakers consider a
transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public
transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared
for the Apollo Alliance. Illinois, which is home to 23 rail-manufacturing
facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major
benefits from such a bill.
The county has received
bids from 14 architectural firms on the $1.2-million downtown transit depot
that officials hope is a hub for Greyhound bus and Amtrak railway services in
the next few years, local media report. County staff members will spend the next couple of weeks
reviewing the projects and ranking the top four or five candidates before
presenting them to the commission, said Judy Halaas, county purchasing