On November 16, Metra in
northeastern Illinois began testing the air quality onboard some passenger cars
and at downtown terminals. Recent questions were
raised about the level of diesel emissions on downtown platforms and trains.
While Metra trains are in full compliance with all Environmental Protection
Agency standards, additional testing conducted on a system-wide basis will
provide a more detailed picture of total air quality.
William Murphy, P.E., has
been hired by Urban Engineers and named manager of the firm's New England Regional
Office in Hartford, Conn. Murphy, who has 30 years of experience, is a
registered professional engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York,
Pennsylvania and Florida. He holds a master's degree in business administration
from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in civil engineering from
Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from
Levelland, Texas, city and economic
development officials got engines on track for an $8.6-million industrial rail
park in the 12,866-population town just 30 miles west of Lubbock, Texas.
Renovations to Minnesota's
historic Union Depot in Saint Paul can now begin thanks to a signed agreement
between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ramsey County Regional
Railroad Authority for $35 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
TriMet's MAX Blue Line
trains have begun two weeks of testing at the new Civic Drive Station in
Gresham, Ore. The trains will briefly stop at the station, simulating revenue
service, but no passengers will be able to board or exit the train.
Canada's two largest
railways need to be monitored by a federal watchdog to keep their duopoly
powers in check, says a former rail executive who is leading the charge for
disgruntled shippers, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.
village of Mundelein, Ill., would like to reduce the noise of train horns, the
Chicago Tribune reports. Board members recently hired Lisle, Ill.-based Patrick
Engineering Inc., who will develop a plan that will look into the
establishment of what's known as a Federal Railroad Administration train
horn quiet zone.
As part of the
Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote
job growth and long-term economic recovery, Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Boston Mayor Thomas
Menino Nov. 15 to break ground on the $13.5-million Yawkey Commuter Rail
Station reconstruction project, a key public transportation component of the
$450-million Fenway Center development.
A tunnel dedicated
exclusively to light rail and a network of fast ferries are recommended to link
South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula in a draft plan for expanding public
transit in Hampton Roads, the Virginian-Pilot
reports. Other ideas include
streetcars, bus rapid transit and commuter rail.
Maryland has canceled the
bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick
lines from CSX Transportation, saying its bid solicitation had failed to
generate sufficient competition for the work, The Baltimore Sun reports.