The NEW METRO in Houston has
received good news in the form of a federal Record of Decision on the
University light-rail line, signifying final approval of the environmental
review process on this 11.3-mile project. With this approval, METRO will
continue to evolve the design, engineering, utility coordination,
pre-construction planning work and ongoing FTA coordination needed to go
forward while renewing community outreach efforts to make sure the public
continues to be engaged in this historic project.
delegation is scheduled to meet July 30 with the chairwoman of the National
Transportation Safety Board, which issued a scathing report this week on an
"anemic safety culture" that contributed to last year's deadly Metro
crash, the Gaithersburg, Md., Gazette reports. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P.
Hersman recommended the federal government provide oversight for public transit
systems the way it does for railroad systems through the Federal Railroad Administration.
Trains are scheduled to
begin rolling into Union Pacific's new intermodal yard in Joliet, Ill., next
week, the Herald News reports. The Union Pacific facility is the anchor
operation for CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet, a 4,000-acre industrial
park under development on the south end of the city.
Residents on Ravenswood
Avenue on Chicago's North Side were so upset by the idea of a Metra station
closer to their homes that they complained to officials, circulated a petition,
formed an association and hired an attorney, the Chicago Tribune reports. Their
efforts seem to have worked.
Secretary Ray LaHood's made
his first visit to his research and testing facility on July 28, 2010. FRA
Associate Administrator for Safety Jo Strang, AAR President & CEO Ed
Hamberger and TTCI President Roy Allen quickly welcomed the Secretary to the
site with a brief history lesson and an update on various safety related research
and testing programs performed under interagency agreement.
July 30-August 1,m
Washington, D.C., Metro will make upgrades to its track, platforms and bridges
on the Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange lines to improve reliability and service.
As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of
good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.
Citing extensive safety
improvements, state regulators cleared the way for completion of the first leg
of the Expo light rail project by approving a controversial street-level
crossing next to Dorsey High School, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Union Pacific said
Dennis J. Duffy, vice chairman - Operations, has declared his intention to
retire this fall. Duffy joined the
company in 1973 and held positions in the finance, marketing & sales, and operating
departments during his career. He is the longest-serving head of Union Pacific's
Operating department in company history, serving since 1998.
TriMet in Portland, Ore.,
opened its first Bike & Ride facility at the Sunset Transit Center. The
Bike & Ride provides secure parking for 74 bikes and helps more cyclists
make connections to bus and MAX. The facility features BikeLink keycard access
and security cameras.
Secretary Ray LaHood and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed an agreement
providing $46.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for
work to continue on the state's aggressive high-speed rail program. The funding
is the latest installment from the $822 million that President Obama announced
for Wisconsin high-speed rail from the Recovery Act in January.