State and town officials
from Ashland and Framingham, Mass., met with the state's new transportation
chief last night for a conversation about the state's purchase of CSX
Transportation rail lines and what can be done to ensure that increased rail
traffic won't further cripple their downtowns, MetroWest Daily News reports.
Seventy percent of Metra
bridges and 42 percent of CTA bridges are past their "useful life,"
according to a preliminary report presented to the RTA board Nov. 19, the Chicago
Daily Herald reports. A final report is expected in January, along with a plan
on how to address the problem, RTA spokeswoman Diane Palmer said.
SEPTA took another step
toward restoring rail service to Wawa in Delaware County with approval
yesterday of nine property easements necessary for the construction, the Philadelphia
Union Pacific and San
Antonio River Authority officials adopted new practices for removing drift from
the river, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports. The agreement came a month
after a 500-yard logjam built up at the railroad company's bridge on the San
Antonio River, over which the river authority has jurisdiction. The bridge is
near the Victoria-Refugio county line.
MTA NYC Transit said that
due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp
and passageway access will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5
a.m. Monday, November 23. Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23
and A trains. In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway
Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains.
Transportation Authority in New York released its Final Proposed 2010 Budget
and November Financial Plan for 2010-2013. The approximately $11-billion 2010
Final Proposed Budget is balanced with no fare increase or reductions to
scheduled service, with the help of rescue legislation enacted in Albany in
May. The MTA acknowledged significant potential risks to the budget, however,
setting aside an $85-million reserve and pledging an overhaul of operations to
improve efficiency and address the current fiscal reality.
On Nov. 16, SEPTA General
Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State
Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community
leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion
project in Delaware County. In an effort to address rider demand, SEPTA in
partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand the parking facilities for
commuters who use Elwyn (R3) Regional Rail Station.
Vans will replace trains
between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Oyster
Bay Branch November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West
Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this
weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no
detour route required.
All trains on the Blue Line
rapid transit line from Boston to Revere, Mass., have been upgraded from four
to six cars, enabling the "T" to carry more passengers. The
transition began and was completed this fall.