Illinois State Rep. Don
Moffitt called Galesburg, Ill., "the crossroads of America," while delivering
the keynote address at the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon,
according to The Register-Mail. Moffitt spoke of things for which he was
thankful. Topping the list was a vision to help BNSF as the foundation of
economic development in Galesburg.
A special lawmaking session
on high-speed and commuter rail inched closer as legislative leaders and the
governor said they are ready to tap surplus money in the transportation budget
rather than raise taxes on rental cars to help pay for the transit projects,
the Miami Herald reports. The surplus money -- about $76 million over the next
two years -- should be enough to help fill a hole in South Florida's Tri-Rail
The chairman of the Sauk
County, Wis., Board called for closer coordination between parties involved in
railroad projects that could have economic impacts the area, the Baraboo News
Dallas Area Rapid
Transit's light rail expansion is being recognized as one of the Top 100 Global
Infrastructure Projects, compiled by the Washington, D.C., consulting firm CG/LA
The new US 62/US 641
Tennessee River Bridge below Kentucky Dam should be opened to traffic Nov. 25,
the West Kentucky Star reports. US 62 and US 641, which run concurrently
through the area, have been closed at the site since September 9 and traffic
detoured via Interstate 24 as the new bridge approaches were completed and
connected to existing highways.
In its continuing efforts
to improve lighting inside Metrorail stations, Washington, D.C., Metro
officials are testing a new bank of lights on the mezzanine level at one
entrance to the Judiciary Square Metrorail station - the F Street entrance.
The Maryland Transit
Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of the completion of recent
track maintenance that had affected weekend service since mid-June. Customer
wait times for weekend trains have returned to the regular schedule of every 15
minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Approximately one mile of the main line was
single-tracked throughout the four-month long maintenance project that was
completed this month. Weekday operation was not impacted.
A special ribbon-cutting
ceremony was attended by SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State
Representative Joshua D. Shapiro and local government and community leaders at
Crestmont (R2) Regional Rail station.
Five years ago Nov. 23,
Metro, the District of Columbia and the New York Avenue partners opened the New
York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail station on the Red Line. Since its
opening, ridership has climbed at the station each year and the station has
become a catalyst for economic development.
As traffic continues to
build up in Hampton Roads, Va., the money to add more roads or expand them is
drying up on the state and federal level. Virginia DOT doesn't plan to give a
cent to local cities for road projects for the next six years. Virginia's
Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer says drivers in Hampton Roads need to
look at alternative transportation like light rail.