Kansas has received a
grant to develop a business plan for an expanded Amtrak passenger rail service
south from Newton to Oklahoma City - but no money to actually develop the line,
The Hutchinson News reports. The $250,000 award from the $8 billion American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program also
must be locally matched, which is not a foregone conclusion with the fiscal
crisis facing the state, officials acknowledged.
Norfolk Southern hasn't laid down any of the track that will connect
its main line to the proposed $112-million intermodal terminal in Rossville, Tenn.,
but the company is laying down a foundation to keep the project on target to
open in two years, The Daily News reports.
An early state plan to
improve two busy railroad crossings has sparked questions about who should pay
for the project, even though no one knows the exact price tag yet, the St.
Louis Post Dispatch reports. The improvements are planned for crossings at
Mockingbird Lane near Illinois Route 162 and Cargill Road at Country Place
Lane. Both are in eastern Granite City about a quarter-mile apart.
Throughout the Presidents
Day Holiday weekend, the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines
in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed and the Arlington Cemetery
Metrorail station on the Blue Line (station closes at 7 p.m. nightly during the
winter months) will also be closed from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing,
Monday, Feb. 15, while Metro undertakes a major track rehabilitation project.
Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.
Hugh Fuller has
joined HNTB Corporation as the Northwest railway practice manager and brings
more than 30 years of experience in the transportation and railway engineering
fields. He has managed or designed more than a dozen light rail, streetcar and
commuter rail projects, making him one of the leading railway engineers in the
McNamara, P.E., was recently named
a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and
construction management firm. Based in the firm's Valley Forge, Pa., office, McNamara
serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gannett
Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a
division of Gannett Fleming specializing in transit and railroad track, signal,
communication and electric traction design.
He resides in Voorhees, N.J.
On Feb.1, President Obama
proposed $1.82 billion in funding for 27 major transit construction projects
that will create jobs and increase transportation options throughout the United
San Francisco Mayor Gavin
Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said that the
Federal Transit Administration has again provided a strong rating to the
Central Subway Project, Phase 2 SFMTA's Third Street Light Rail Project. The
Project has received a positive review as part of the FTA's New Starts program
with a Medium-High project justification rating and Medium-High overall rating.
Transportation, in consortium with China Railway Signal & Communication
Corp (CRSC), has won an order to deliver the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO 200 mainline
signaling solution on the Bin Qasim to Mirpur Mathelo Double Line Section of
the Karachi-Lahore line in Pakistan. The contract, valued at approximately $57
million, with Bombardier's share amounting to approximately $38 million, was
awarded by Pakistan Railways (PR).
Outside contractors working
on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's biggest projects are
routinely given positive evaluations despite mediocre work, in part to preserve
business relationships, an investigation by the authority's inspector general
has found, the New York Times repots.