Secretary Ray LaHood announced $50 million in American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act dollars for the State of Vermont to begin construction to
improve 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon on Amtrak's Vermonter
line. The improvements will result in increased speeds, reduced travel time and
After four months of
construction, Sound Transit will open an expanded, upgraded parking lot at 5th
St. SW and 9th Ave SW in Puyallup, Wash., for Sounder riders on Oct. 4. Just
minutes from the Puyallup Sounder station, the lot, which opened for Puyallup
Fair attendees earlier this month, adds 219 parking spaces to 364 slots
currently provided at the station's main lot and 182 spaces at two lots leased
by Sound Transit. Drainage, new lighting, and environmentally sustainable rain
gardens were also added.
In February, U.S. DOT
announced that the CREATE Program would receive $100 million in Transportation
Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to complete five projects. Work on the
first of those five projects began in July. The Broadview/LaGrange
signalization (Projects B4/B5) will install a new bi-directional computerized
Traffic Control System (TCS) along a seven-mile segment of the Indiana Harbor
Belt. This project will upgrade 21 hand-thrown switches to power switches. The
TIGER grant funded $11.7 million of the $13.7 million project. The remainder of
the funds was contributed by the freight railroads.
Plans for a large
transportation hub just east of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., that will
serve the region's rail, bus and taxi passengers won unanimous approval from
the City Council on Sept. 28, the Orange County Register reports.
The $1.25-billion FY 2011
budget and updated 20-year financial plan approved by the Dallas Area Rapid
Transit (DART) Board of Directors supports the doubling of DART Rail to 90 miles.
The FY 2010 budget was $1.6 billion. The decrease is primarily due to a lower
capital budget, largely the result of the completion of the Green Line this
The Chicago Transit
Authority is preparing the next phase of its move toward an open fare payment
system that could introduce the use of contactless credit cards, debit cards
and prepaid cards to ride the system.
CTA is issuing a Request for Proposal today on the design,
implementation, and operation of an open fare collection system.
A long-term commitment is
needed to help freight and passenger rail accommodate future U.S. economic and
population growth. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced
these findings of a new report, Moving Forward: A Progress Report, that updates
the U.S. Department of Transportation's efforts to develop a first-ever
comprehensive National Rail Plan (NRP).
Transportation experts will
take a closer look at realigning the railroad through North Pole, Alaska, thanks
to nearly $1 million in federal funding announced Sept. 27, the Fairbanks Daily
Long Island Rail Road
customers are advised that during two weekends in the fall - October 23-24 and
November 6-7 - there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between
Jamaica Station and Penn Station, as the LIRR cuts over to a modern signal and
switching control system at Jamaica, N.Y. As a result of the extremely limited
service, the LIRR advises that only customers traveling for essential business -
such as first responders (police, fire) and service employees with no other
alternatives - should use the LIRR during these two weekends. Customers
traveling for recreational purposes during this period should consider travel
on the Port Washington Branch or other travel alternatives.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA) will host a Design Build Contract Information
Forum for the BART Silicon Valley Project at the San Jose Convention Center,
Thursday, September 30, 2010.