A new Amtrak station is
open near Orlando for the more than 244,000 annual Amtrak Auto Train passengers.
At about 10,000 square feet, the station in Sanford seats 600 passengers and is
about four times larger than its predecessor. Thomas Carper, chairman of the
Amtrak Board of Directors, joined local, state and federal officials for the
celebration. The original depot, constructed in 1971 and renovated in 1995, was
not large enough to accommodate growing demand for the Auto Train, which just
reported a year-to-year ridership increase of nearly five percent - despite the
Norfolk Southern is to
break ground Oct. 19 for its new intermodal facility near Greencastle, Pa., the
Chambersburg Public Opinion reports. NS CEO Wick Moorman, Gov. Ed Rendell,
Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae and U.S. Rep.
Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, are expected to take part in a ceremony at the
site of the new rail-truck yard.
A transportation project
that has been planned for more than a decade and that will ease congestion and
delays at a busy Manassas, Va., intersection is under way, the Washington Post reports.
With almost $20 million in federal stimulus funding, the Wellington Road and
Route 28 overpass project has started, city officials said at the Oct. 18
Manassas City Council meeting. The project has been in the city's capital
improvement program since 1998 but has been stalled because of a lack of
funding, City Manager Lawrence D. Hughes said.
MTA New York City Transit
is closing the No. 1 northbound platform beginning Oct. 18 and continuing
through August 2011 for the first phase of the Dyckman Street station
rehabilitation. Uptown No. 1 trains will bypass Dyckman Street.
The Santa Clara, Calif.,
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will host a public meeting in Milpitas,
Calif., to inform the community about the Bay Area Rapid Transit Silicon Valley's
Berryessa Extension Project. This is the first of two meetings.
Union Pacific has donated
another $33,000 to Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program. This marks the
fourth consecutive year that Union Pacific has supported the program.
Los Angeles Metro will
hold several station area planning community workshops for the Crenshaw/LAX
Transit Corridor project beginning October 28 that will include an update on
the evaluation of maintenance facility locations for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit
consideration, the TransLink Board in the Vancouver, B.C., area has authorized
the organization to move forward with planned public consultation on funding
the proposed supplement required to build the Evergreen Line and complete the
first phase of the North Fraser Perimeter Road project and, possibly, to
proceed with a number of other priority projects, which include key SkyTrain
station upgrades, restoring funding to bike and major road network capital
programs, additional service throughout the existing bus network and new rapid
bus services on King George Boulevard and Highway 1.
Amtrak selected TKDA to
complete the design of Phases 3 and 4 of its Maintenance and Welfare Facilities
at the King Street Coach Yard in Seattle, Wash. The design includes two coach
maintenance buildings, a locomotive repair facility, stair tower and pedestrian
bridge. TKDA is currently providing support for Phases 1 and 2 of this project,
and is on multiple design-build teams completing ADA upgrades at Amtrak
passenger stations throughout the United States.