Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray
said $320,000 in technical assistance grants is coming to 15 communities across
Southeastern Massachusetts to help them plan for the growth associated with the
South Coast Rail project, local media report. The funding announcement, the
third round of these grants, comes about a year after the state released the
South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, which
estimated that commuter rail could generate about $500 million in new economic
As Pennsylvania lawmakers
debate requiring that natural gas drillers compensate communities for any
damages to local roads, bridges and water supplies through a state severance
tax on their production, they are also proposing that state tax dollars be used
to develop infrastructure projects to support the industry, the Scranton times
At a special board
meeting, the Metrolink Board of Directors authorized its CEO, John E. Fenton,
to complete the final terms and conditions to award a $120-million contract to
Parsons Transportation Group to manage and integrate Positive Train Control technology
on Metrolink's 512-mile system.
As part of Massachusetts Patrick-Murray
Administration's proven commitment to transportation reform and focus on
customer service, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray said real-time train location
and arrival information is now available for the MBTA's Orange, Red, and Blue
Lines. Following the successful release of real-time information for all 187
MBTA bus routes, this program expands the Administration's award-winning open
data initiative to hundreds of thousands of daily subway riders.
On October 4, the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is making significant improvements
to light rail service since its inception nearly 23 years ago. VTA will operate
a new non-stop, faster express light rail service now featuring free WiFi. With
the debut of the VTA Commuter Express, customers will enjoy faster and more
frequent light rail service with six newly added, peak-hour commute trips from
south San Jose, Calif. through downtown to North San Jose.
Scott R. Bamford, P.E., and
Don Jacobs have recently joined Geocomp Corporation, a geo-engineering services
firm headquartered in Boxborough, Mass.
Due to the ongoing
station repair work in New York City at the 207th, 215th, 225th, 238th and
242nd Street stations and the station rehabilitation at Dyckman Street, there
will be no No.1 service between 242nd Street and 168th Street for all five
weekends in October.
California is getting a
$194-million federal grant to fund planning of a 520-mile high-speed rail line,
local media report.
Marc Laliberté, VIA Rail's
President and CEO, spoke on the issues and challenges confronting the passenger
rail industry in a speech made in Quebec City to the members of the Ordre des
comptables agréés (chartered accountants) du Québec. Laliberté took the opportunity to explain to the
350 convention attendees the context in which VIA operates at the beginning of
this 21st century. In particular, he described the strategies his team has
implemented to manage VIA's growth, despite the difficulties caused by the
economic situation since the end of 2008. He stated that. "VIA must
continue to adapt and evolve if it wishes to pursue its growth and remain
relevant in the coming years."