An often-contentious plan
to separate railroad tracks in Colton, Calif., is among 51 projects nationwide
set to receive millions in federal stimulus funds, although local officials
never identified it as a top regional priority, The Press-Enterprise reports.
New America THINKS survey
results from HNTB Corporation illustrate transit and passenger rail remain top
of mind after the Obama administration's $8-billion high-speed rail grant
announcement last month.
New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie's proposal to cut NJ Transit's subsidies comes just as the Atlantic
City Rail Line is planning to expand, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Transit
officials have proposed building a new station in Egg Harbor Township, near
Galloway Township's Pomona section - a station that could turn into a major
work transit hub for the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes
Technical Center and future businesses such as the Next Generation Aviation
Research and Technical Park. This comes as lines across the state already have
seen numerous service cuts - including a popular early morning Atlantic
City-to-Philadelphia run that was canceled less than a month ago.
The $100-million federal
grant awarded to the Chicago region Feb. 17 to unclog rail congestion will
benefit Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads and Chicago Fire soccer aficionados along
with freight haulers, motorists and rail passengers, the Chicago Tribune
reports. That's because $20 million of that money will go toward building a
rail/highway underpass on 71st Street, west of Harlem Avenue and across from
Bridgeview's Toyota Park, a 28,000-seat sports and music venue.
Two train systems meant to
usher in a new era of transportation in Metro Orlando, Fla., are slated to run
along separate tracks that will intersect west of Orlando International
Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But, as it stands, there is no planned
connection where passengers from the $1.2-billion SunRail commuter train could
transfer to the $2.6-billion high-speed train or vice versa. How is that
Competition for the $1.5
billion in TIGER grants awarded Wednesday was grrrrrreat. But the results weren't so great
for Kansas, which got skunked, according to a column by Rob Roberts in the Kansas
City Business Journal.
Medina, Ohio, will upgrade
several railroad crossing signals and surfaces within city limits in order to
meet recently changed state and federal safety regulations. In addition,
officials have discussed the possibility of transforming the area, which is in
the city's southern portion, into a railroad quiet zone, the Medina Sun
During a special
ceremony on Feb. 18, Miami-Dade County officials renamed the Metromover
facility in downtown Miami to posthumously honor Miami-Dade Transit employee
Joseph Bryant. Bryant was a dedicated employee for 28 years, of which 15 years
were spent in the Metromover Maintenance Division, where Bryant rose through
the ranks to become a Metromover maintenance supervisor before losing his life
while on duty the evening of June 19, 2009.
Two separate construction
projects in Philadelphia will alter SEPTA's Broad Street Line service the
weekend of Feb 19-21. From 8 p.m. Feb. 19 through 4 p.m. Feb. 21, Broad Street
line trains will not stop at Fairmount Station as construction continues at
Spring Garden Station. Riders traveling northbound who wish to go to Fairmount
Avenue will have to exit the Broad Street Subway at Spring Garden Street and
transfer to the Route C bus. Southbound passengers will have to exit at Girard
Avenue to transfer to the Route C bus to Fairmount Avenue.