The first phase of the
Santa Clara, Calif., Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Extension to
Silicon Valley has been given an overall project rating of "medium" in the Federal
Transit Administration New Starts Annual Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2011,
which was released Feb. 3.
MTA New York City Transit
officials said that real-time train arrival message screens are now operational
and being tested in the Buhre Avenue and Middletown Road stations on the 6
After a few days on the
job, new Hampton Roads, Va., Transit leader Philip Shucet said he's working to
correct poor project management practices on Norfolk's beleaguered light-rail
construction and eliminate a culture of fear that has gripped the agency, The
Virginian-Pilot reports. Both have contributed to the spiraling cost overruns
and schedule delays on the light-rail project that has cast a pall over the
Kansas has received a
grant to develop a business plan for an expanded Amtrak passenger rail service
south from Newton to Oklahoma City - but no money to actually develop the line,
The Hutchinson News reports. The $250,000 award from the $8 billion American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program also
must be locally matched, which is not a foregone conclusion with the fiscal
crisis facing the state, officials acknowledged.
Norfolk Southern hasn't laid down any of the track that will connect
its main line to the proposed $112-million intermodal terminal in Rossville, Tenn.,
but the company is laying down a foundation to keep the project on target to
open in two years, The Daily News reports.
An early state plan to
improve two busy railroad crossings has sparked questions about who should pay
for the project, even though no one knows the exact price tag yet, the St.
Louis Post Dispatch reports. The improvements are planned for crossings at
Mockingbird Lane near Illinois Route 162 and Cargill Road at Country Place
Lane. Both are in eastern Granite City about a quarter-mile apart.
Throughout the Presidents
Day Holiday weekend, the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines
in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed and the Arlington Cemetery
Metrorail station on the Blue Line (station closes at 7 p.m. nightly during the
winter months) will also be closed from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing,
Monday, Feb. 15, while Metro undertakes a major track rehabilitation project.
Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.
Hugh Fuller has
joined HNTB Corporation as the Northwest railway practice manager and brings
more than 30 years of experience in the transportation and railway engineering
fields. He has managed or designed more than a dozen light rail, streetcar and
commuter rail projects, making him one of the leading railway engineers in the
McNamara, P.E., was recently named
a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and
construction management firm. Based in the firm's Valley Forge, Pa., office, McNamara
serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Gannett
Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a
division of Gannett Fleming specializing in transit and railroad track, signal,
communication and electric traction design.
He resides in Voorhees, N.J.
On Feb.1, President Obama
proposed $1.82 billion in funding for 27 major transit construction projects
that will create jobs and increase transportation options throughout the United