U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood announced the distribution of $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects
nationwide, and the American Public Transportation Association released the
results of a large travel survey which shows that nearly two-thirds of adults
(62 percent) said they would definitely or probably use high-speed rail service
for leisure or business travel if it were an option. The survey, among 24, 711
adults, was conducted for APTA by Synovate.
Washington State has been
awarded $31 million in federal money for railroad projects in the state, the Seattle
Times reports. More than $18.2 million will go to seismically retrofit King
Street Station in Seattle and its clock tower, as well as restore the station's
main hall and other upgrades at the station. The project is a partnership with
the state, Amtrak, the city of Seattle, Sound Transit and BNSF.
As part of the Vision for
the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, Governor Patrick and
members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced more than $160
million in federal funding for rail expansion in the Commonwealth, including a
$32.5-million grant to support the design phase of the Boston South Station
Parsons is pleased to
announce that the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, the governing
board of Metrolink, recently awarded Parsons a $120-million contract to design,
procure, and install Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile
regional commuter rail system.
Weekend track work may
cause delays on the Bay Area Rapid Transit's Pittsburg/Bay Point line the
weekends of October 29-31, November 5-7 and November 12-14. For the next three
weekends, BART will need to run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a
single track due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa
Crossover Project. Single tracking trains may result in slight delays of up to
15 minutes on weekend trains going toward Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.