After two embarrassing
defeats, the SunRail commuter train could be on the verge of winning approval
in the Florida state Legislature, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Supporters
are lining up votes and drafting a bill for a special session that could be
held in Tallahassee during the week of Dec. 7.
The battle of the borough
train station continues as historians voiced concerns that the Victorian-style
NJ Transit station will go through the winter with peeling paint and rotting
holes in the wooden walls and window sills, the Asbury Park Press reports. NJ
Transit officials confirmed there are no plans for work on the station until
after next summer when contracts are scheduled to be awarded for repairs and
painting. However, they insist the station is structurally sound.
It's a project that could
improve public transportation in Northeast Florida while also helping to bring
back the historic LaVilla section of downtown Jacksonville, the Florida
Times-Union reports. For almost 20 years, the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation have been working on a
plan to create a regional transportation center that would house Amtrak,
Greyhound, bus rapid transit and, possibly, commuter rail -- all at the
existing Prime Osborn Convention Center.
The state of New Mexico and
Union Pacific Railroad agreed on a land swap that will enable Santa Teresa, N.N.,
to become a major commercial and industrial hub, officials said Nov. 10,
according to the El Paso, Texas, Times. Under the agreement, Union Pacific is
trading a large ranch property in exchange for land near the Santa Teresa
industrial park for its intermodal facility.
A plan is in the works to
eliminate some of the lengthy stoppages on Glenview Road caused by train
traffic at the downtown Glenview, Ill., train station, the Sun-Times reports. If
the General Assembly, Glenview and Metra make good on their funding pieces,
Amtrak officials have agreed to move the stops for the Hiawatha and Empire
Builder routes from the downtown Glenview Metra station to The Glen of North
The Lake Zurich, Ill.,
Village Board gave its preliminary consensus for a property swap with Canadian
National Railway at the board's meeting last week, which would result in CN
building a 250-foot-tall communication tower in the village's industrial park
rather than near downtown, according to local newspapers.
South Los Angeles has won a
significant victory as transportation officials recommended this week that a
proposed transit corridor along Crenshaw Boulevard be a light-rail line rather
than a less expensive dedicated busway, the Times reports.
Washington, D.C., Metro
Board Chairman Jim Graham and Metro General Manager John Catoe issued the
following joint statement: "The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and
its Board of Directors are committed to working with all safety oversight
agencies that have jurisdiction over Metro and its operations. Regionally, that
oversight comes from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which was created by
Congress and then implemented through an agreement among the District of
Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia.
MBTA officials laid out a
four-step plan Nov. 9 to address last week's critical third-party review of the
system's safety and finances, The Raynham Call reports. Transportation
officials also reiterated that the agency is not backing away from the proposed
expansion of transit service to the South Coast cities of Fall River and New
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes between
Washington Station and 7th/Metro Center from Nov. 20 after 9 p.m. until Nov. 22
at the close of service due to construction work to allow the installation of
rail track coming from the Expo Line and merging with the Metro Blue Line.