South Los Angeles has won a
significant victory as transportation officials recommended this week that a
proposed transit corridor along Crenshaw Boulevard be a light-rail line rather
than a less expensive dedicated busway, the Times reports.
Washington, D.C., Metro
Board Chairman Jim Graham and Metro General Manager John Catoe issued the
following joint statement: "The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and
its Board of Directors are committed to working with all safety oversight
agencies that have jurisdiction over Metro and its operations. Regionally, that
oversight comes from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which was created by
Congress and then implemented through an agreement among the District of
Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia.
MBTA officials laid out a
four-step plan Nov. 9 to address last week's critical third-party review of the
system's safety and finances, The Raynham Call reports. Transportation
officials also reiterated that the agency is not backing away from the proposed
expansion of transit service to the South Coast cities of Fall River and New
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes between
Washington Station and 7th/Metro Center from Nov. 20 after 9 p.m. until Nov. 22
at the close of service due to construction work to allow the installation of
rail track coming from the Expo Line and merging with the Metro Blue Line.
As part of Chicago Transit Authority's
work to replace the signal and train control systems in the Loop, the weekend
beginning November 14 crews will be installing a new signal control facility at
Lake and Wells that will require elevated trains to reroute on Saturday and
Sunday. Brown, Green, Pink and Orange line trains will be temporarily rerouted
from approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 until 8 p.m. Sunday,
November 15. Brown and Orange line trains will operate on the Lake and Wabash
elevated tracks only. Green and Pink line trains will operate on the Wells and
Van Buren elevated tracks only.
A $10-billion unfunded
mandate regarding "positive train control" -- wherein trains will
need to be outfitted with GPS technology that'll detect when trains are near
each other -- may hamper the railroad industry as a whole, but as far as
Canadian National's plans for Northwest Indiana go, it's full steam ahead, the Gary
Caltrain is soliciting
public comment on the annual update of its Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal
Year 2009 & 2010 - Fiscal Year 2018). The plan includes the 10-year
operating and capital plan and financial projections used to qualify for state
and federal funds.
With a catchy new name and
wads of cash, the LSTAR has left the station, the San Antonio Express-News
reports. The Lone Star Rail District said that it's moving closer to a goal of
connecting San Antonio to Austin and beyond with a commuter rail line.
Individuals who ride
public transportation can save on average $9,190 annually based on the November
9, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking
rate. Over the last year, an individual riding public transportation would have
saved an additional $255 due to the 41-cent increase of gasoline per gallon
since November 2008.