The Washington State
Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the City of Vancouver Nov. 3 will
celebrate completion of the first of four projects to help make passenger rail
a more viable alternative for travelers up and down the I-5 corridor. The $11-million
Vancouver Rail - Rail Bypass and W. 39th Street Bridge project built a two-lane
vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian bridge that takes W. 39th Street up over seven
sets of railroad tracks in the Vancouver rail yard.
Brown, Orange and
southbound Green Line trains will be temporarily rerouted in the Loop from 4
a.m. Saturday, November 6, until approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, November 7, as Chicago
Transit Authority crews install a new signal control facility at Van Buren and
Wabash. The work is part of CTA's continuing efforts to upgrade the signal and
train control systems in the Loop.
support rail transportation, both freight and passenger, must feel like they've
been on a roll this month--finally. They've worked long and hard, and they
deserve some good news, according to and editorial in the Ft. Worth Star
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood announced the distribution of $2.5 billion for high-speed rail projects
nationwide, and the American Public Transportation Association released the
results of a large travel survey which shows that nearly two-thirds of adults
(62 percent) said they would definitely or probably use high-speed rail service
for leisure or business travel if it were an option. The survey, among 24, 711
adults, was conducted for APTA by Synovate.
Washington State has been
awarded $31 million in federal money for railroad projects in the state, the Seattle
Times reports. More than $18.2 million will go to seismically retrofit King
Street Station in Seattle and its clock tower, as well as restore the station's
main hall and other upgrades at the station. The project is a partnership with
the state, Amtrak, the city of Seattle, Sound Transit and BNSF.
As part of the Vision for
the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, Governor Patrick and
members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced more than $160
million in federal funding for rail expansion in the Commonwealth, including a
$32.5-million grant to support the design phase of the Boston South Station
Parsons is pleased to
announce that the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, the governing
board of Metrolink, recently awarded Parsons a $120-million contract to design,
procure, and install Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile
regional commuter rail system.