Houston METRO's Title VI
program has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration - another step
toward federal Full Funding Grant Agreements for the build out of Houston's
light-rail system. After a thorough study,
the FTA's Office of Civil Rights ruled METRO's program is complete and in
compliance with requirements related to Title VI. This compliance is necessary
to apply for the FTA's New Starts program - the federal government's primary
financial resource for supporting major transit "guideway" capital
investments such as light rail.
The ripple effects of
what would happen if funding hadn't been secured for the BNSF railroad bridge
between Burlington, Iowa, and Gulfport, Ill., could have been grim, according
to the Burlington Hawkeye. On top
of the obvious safety concerns -- despite daily inspections -- delivery of
goods would be delayed as inspections took days and trains crossed the bridge
one at a time.
The State of Wisconsin has
authorized a total of $30.6 million in loans and grants to help construct,
preserve or upgrade rail-related facilities across the state, the Business
Journal of Milwaukee reports. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said 10 state awards as
part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin's agricultural
When BNSF employee Daryle
Haugen decided to retire, his decision on timing wasn't based on stock price or
some family trip he had been waiting to take, according to a story in the
railroad's employee newsletter. It had everything to do with finishing one last
project. Haugen, who was a
Structures foreman, on the Twin Cities Subdivision when he retired in August,
was preparing to retire when he was asked to take on the Delano, Minn., bridge.
CN said it has completed
of the $100-million multi-year construction project to reconfigure and
modernize its Memphis rail classification yard.
The Chicago Transit
Authority will hold a third round of public meetings in September to receive
input on the proposed Circle Line project. The meetings are part of the
Alternatives Analysis study - the first step in pursuing federal funding for
major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine
all the transit options available and determine a Locally Preferred Alternative.
Continuing its initiatives
to maintain world-class facilities while improving air quality at the Port of
New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority said that two major components of
the Port of New York and New Jersey's $600 million ExpressRail project have
been completed. The projects will allow 1.3 million cargo containers to be shipped
by rail, taking approximately three million trucks off state and local roads.
Transportation Authority board voted to spend $28.1 billion to improve transit
infrastructure in the region, including the tackling of major projects on the
Long Island Rail Road, Newsday reported. At a Manhattan meeting, the board
voted to adopt the MTA's proposed five-year capital program, which would fund
large transit projects from 2010 to 2014. The proposed budget still requires
approval from the four voting members of the state's MTA Capital Program Review
Ft. Worth City Council
members wrapped up a complicated deal with Union Pacific that will allow
construction of an overpass for the Southwest Parkway over the Davidson Rail
Yard along West Vickery Boulevard, according to The Star-Telegram.
"On September 22, the
National Transportation Safety Board made safety recommendations to officials at Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and Alstom Signaling, Inc.,
but the federal safety oversight agency still was not able to point to a cause
of Metro's June 22 accident.