A critical choke point on Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor has been eliminated with a reconfigured rail junction near Front Royal, Va. This was the final and most complex of six capacity improvement projects in Northern Virginia to handle more trains at higher speeds.
The Alaska Railroad
Corporation (ARRC) and Kiewit Pacific Co. signed a contract that awards Kiewit
construction management and general contracting (CMGC) work for Phase One of
the Northern Rail Extension. The first phase includes the Tanana River bridge
and levee near Salcha, Alaska.
The Wickford Junction/North Kingstown Station in Rhode Island, which received $4.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars will receive an additional $13.6 million New Starts grant to extend existing commuter rail service an additional 20 miles from Providence to Boston starting in 2012.
Plans for an MBTA commuter rail station at the South Bay Shopping Center in Roxbury, Mass., moved a step closer to reality as the state issued a request for proposals for the $12-million project, the Boston Herald reports.
Oklahoma could soon have a commuter rail transportation system to get people to and from work and ease travel, the Tulsa Beacon reports.
State Rep. Charlie Joyner has been working to make that a possibility.
Joyner met with representatives from Trinity Railroad Express, BNSF, Amtrak and Dallas Area Rapid Transit this week in Fort Worth to discuss the possibility of getting a commuter rail system in Oklahoma. He discussed the projected costs and pros and cons.
Sound Transit celebrated
breaking ground on the first phase of construction of a new Sounder commuter
train station in Edmonds, Wash. The transit hub, scheduled to open next spring,
will replace a temporary structure south of the Amtrak station with a new east
platform, passenger shelter, re-paved parking area, upgraded lighting and
secured storage for bicycles.
Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley announced the formation of a new O'Hare Express Blue Ribbon Committee to
undertake a comprehensive study for express train service between O'Hare
International Airport and downtown Chicago.