The Honorable Rob
Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and David Hoff, a member of VIA Rail's
Board of Directors announced an investment of C$5.1 million in VIA Rail's
Heritage train station in Vancouver. They were joined at the city's Pacific
Central Station by Gregor Robertson, the Mayor of Vancouver.
Union Pacific will increase
its capital spending by 25 percent to $3.25 billion in 2011, the Journal of
Commerce reports. UP capital expenditures in 2010 totaled $2.6 billion.
Urban planners and
promoters of light rail often cite the 52-mile MAX light-rail system in
Portland, Ore., for generating several billion dollars of real estate
development around its stations since it began operating in 1986, The
reports. In Charlotte, N.C., where the 9.6-mile Lynx
light-rail system opened in 2007, development has been more restrained, though
that may be a reflection of the economy.
New York City's
most-beloved galaxy, the constellation ceiling above Grand Central Terminal's
Main Concourse, came alive recently with new luminosity in the form of
light-emitting diodes. Fifty-nine of the brightest stars in the winter sky,
such as Castor and Pollux in Gemini and Rigel in Orion, were turned on Nov. 8
now that MTA Metro-North Railroad, steward of the Terminal, has completed
installation of new fixtures.
The well-known telephone
number 1.800.COMMUTE, funded by Caltrans for transportation information in Los
Angeles County, is being discontinued. Metro will now provide bus and rail
information through a new easy-to-remember number 323.GO.METRO.
All Metrorail stations
opened on time Nov. 8 after successful track projects that took place during
This past weekend, Metro made preliminary repairs to the
stabilize the ground, the abutment and aerial structure outside the Cheverly
Metrorail station because a developer performed work on land adjacent to Metro
property that shifted the ground and caused movement of Metro's aerial
The idea of a new rail
line connecting the Berkshires to New York City, as proposed by the Housatonic
Railroad Co., has local business and economic development officials pondering
the possibilities, the Berkshire Eagle reports. The concept, they say, holds
substantial promise for the local economy.