The Executive Boards of
the Unified System Division and the Pacific Federation, both divisions of the
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, said a merger between the two federations will take
affect April 1, 2010. The newly created federation will retain the name,
Unified System Division.
As Metro seeks to gain a
much more complete and detailed "picture" of its track conditions,
Metro has selected ENSCO, Inc., to develop and construct a special rail car
known as a track geometry vehicle, which is used to inspect track conditions
and identify any possible flaws.
A track geometry vehicle is an automated
track inspection vehicle that can test several geometric parameters of the
track without obstructing normal passenger rail service. The parameters
generally measured include track position, curvature, distance between the
rails, alignment, smoothness, and the crosslevel of the two rails.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will conduct five station area
and maintenance facility-planning workshops in late March as part of the
environmental review process for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.
Lagging sales tax receipts
resulting in lower long-term revenue forecasts in the 13 member cities are
prompting Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to review all expenses including
operations, administration and future capital projects, officials said.
Sparks have been flying
along Yuba-Sutter railroad tracks near Marysville, Calif., in the last few days,
the Appeal-Democrat reports. Loram Maintenance of Way Inc. wrapped up its
periodic grinding of area Union Pacific rails March 22 after smoothing nearly
100 miles of local tracks. The routine maintenance eliminates cracks caused by
typical train traffic.
Work to upgrade the
electrical system at the Mineola Intermodal Center will make it necessary to
close the four-level parking facility on the weekend of March 27 and 28. The
seven Long Island Bus routes will still operate as will Long Island Rail Road
train service at the Mineola station. However, shutting off the electricity so
the system upgrades can be done will affect the lights, LIRR ticket selling
machine in the Center's pedestrian overpass, electronic signs and elevators
serving the Center's overpass.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, who leads the second-largest U.S. city, said his plan to
accelerate public-transit construction with a mix of local funding and federal
aid can be used elsewhere as well, Bloomberg reports.
The Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority passed five resolutions at its recent meeting, including: To commit $45,500
for Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. to reconstruct the sidewalks and
entrance to the West 25th Street station to meet ADA regulations.
The firm is also working on replacing the station stairs. The station will be
closed for one week during April or May, but it will be open for the Indians
home opener on April 12. RTA will give a two-week notice before closing the
station. About 80 percent of the work is being done with federal funds.
On March 22, Capital
Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first
passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in