The National Transportation
Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address
concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency
track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB's ongoing investigation
into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains
on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22,
The Obama Administration said
$100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding will go to 43 transit agencies
that are pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global
warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs.
New Jersey Governor Jon
S. Corzine officially opened a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront
Walkway, providing a new pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken. Made
possible through a public private partnership between the LeFrak Organization-the
developers of Newport-and NJ TRANSIT, the new pedestrian bridge spans the Long
Slip Canal, connecting with a new 750-foot section of walkway built by Newport
in Jersey City. The walkway provides pedestrian access to NJ TRANSIT, PATH and
ferry services at Hoboken Terminal, as well as local businesses and recreation
sites, while allowing Hoboken residents and commuters direct access to Newport
and Jersey City.
Hans Vossloh, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vossloh AG, died
today age 90. He was the last surviving grandchild of founder Eduard Vossloh.
After bearing operational responsibility for more than 40 years, Dr. Hans
Vossloh played a lead role in the transformation from a successful family
enterprise to a stock corporation. In 1986 he moved from the management of
Vossloh-Werke, Werdohl, to Supervisory Board Chairman and laid the groundwork
for the Company's IPO in 1990. Since 1994, Dr. Hans Vossloh has been Honorary
Supervisory Board Chairman.
RailComm has expanded its
wireless remote control yard system at Union Pacific's Davidson Yard in Fort
Worth, Texas. The U.S. Department of Transportation had requested the
redirection of the hump yard lead tracks in order to keep traffic flowing while
a new highway overpass is being constructed.
Capital Metro in Austin,
Texas, didn't know what it was getting itself into, the Austin American-Statesman
reports. That might sound like a shot from one of the transit agency's critics.
Instead, it is in effect the agency's explanation for why its MetroRail
commuter line from Leander to downtown Austin is now 15 to 18 months late in opening.
And still counting.
Construction of the new
passenger train platform in Stanwood, Wash., is costing more than anticipated,
and the platform might not be open until just before Thanksgiving for people
who want to ride the rail, according to the Everett, Wash. Herald. Nevertheless,
people in Stanwood are watching eagerly as the Amtrak Cascades stop takes shape
along the BNSF tracks in east downtown.
A railroad company's
objections to the design of the Robinson Street crossing underpass in Norman,
Okla., have been withdrawn, city officials say, according to local media. Sticking
to the original design means the city will experience no delay in building the
underpass and can stick to its original budget of about $25 million, Public
Works Director Shawn O'Leary said.
After years of wrangling,
paving work has begun on a contentious 26-acre automobile-to-rail transfer
facility off Willow Road in Ayer, Mass., owned by Billerica-based Pan Am
Railways, the Lowell Sun reports. But news of the paving
isn't sitting well with the state Department of Environmental Protection and
federal Environmental Protection Agency officials. Environmental officials are
calling out Pan Am for beginning to pave without stormwater-management devices
in place. As a result, the attorney general is also investigating whether the
start of work without "best management" stormwater controls in place
violates the terms of the Pan Am's probation in Middlesex Superior Court.
The parking garage at the
Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station in the Washington, D.C., area at the
end of the Blue Line will undergo a major rehabilitation project beginning October
1, resulting in the temporary loss of up to 220 parking spaces during the 18-
to 20-month project.
The garage rehabilitation will take place in 12 phases
and includes concrete, structural and electrical repairs of the 12-year-old
facility, which opened in June 1997. Throughout the course of the rehabilitation
project, approximately 220 of the 5,069 parking spaces will be unavailable.