Central Florida backers of
the SunRail commuter train may be relieved of more than $11 million in annual
debt payments that were headed their way, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The
state Department of Transportation had intended to borrow $173 million to help
pay for the $1.2 billion, 61.5-mile system linking DeLand in Volusia County
with downtown Orlando and Poinciana in Osceola County.
Kansas City Southern
Railway has Monroe, La., and northeastern Louisiana on its radar because of the
V-Vehicle Co. plant and the Franklin Farms Megasite in Richland Parish, The
News Star reports.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues, with work at Main Street, Redwood City, Jan. 18
- 21; Watkins Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 18 - 19; and Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park,
Jan. 20 - 21. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted
street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the
TranSystems said that Michael J. Sweeney, P.E., has joined the company's New
York City office as National Transit Market Sector Leader/Vice President in
support of the firm's passenger rail and transit group. Sweeney has extensive
experience working on the largest and most complex rail/transportation projects
in the United States.
planners are on a lightning-fast track, feverishly preparing to build the
85-mile, high-speed rail corridor from Milwaukee to Madison when $817.7 million
in federal stimulus funding is secured, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
The weekend of Jan. 15-18,
Metro in Washington, D.C., will close the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line
while maintenance crews conduct a track overhaul between the Medical Center and
Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Customers using the Red Line in this
area should add 40 minutes to their travel plans to transfer to a free shuttle
bus to get past the affected work area. Throughout the weekend, extra Metro
employees will be on hand to guide customers to connecting shuttle buses.
A federal lawsuit filed
against BNSF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to force a more
detailed study of the impact on the air and water by the railroad planned
intermodal center in southwestern Johnson County, Kan., the Kansas City Tribune
reports. The proposed site lies near the city of Gardner and along BNSF‘s
Transcon mainline and Interstate 35, a major national north-south highway. BNSF
is seeking to build a $700-million, high-tech, energy-efficient and environmentally
friendly 1,200-acre intermodal site between Gardner and Edgerton. The site
would include an intermodal center where shipping containers would be unloaded
from trains and a logistics park made up of warehouses, distribution centers and
Residents who live next
to the Canadian National Railway tracks in Mokena, Ill., could
see trees planted as barriers between their homes and the tracks as early as
this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Village Board approved a
landscape buffer plan for the area in the southwest corner of the village.
The Ohio Rail Development
Commission approved a $155,000 grant that will pay half the cost of
rehabilitating a railroad bridge in Toledo, local newspapers report.
In a dramatic change from
existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed that new
funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues
such as economic development opportunities and environmental benefits, in
addition to cost and time saved, which are currently the primary criteria.