Transportation Authority in New York released its Final Proposed 2010 Budget
and November Financial Plan for 2010-2013. The approximately $11-billion 2010
Final Proposed Budget is balanced with no fare increase or reductions to
scheduled service, with the help of rescue legislation enacted in Albany in
May. The MTA acknowledged significant potential risks to the budget, however,
setting aside an $85-million reserve and pledging an overhaul of operations to
improve efficiency and address the current fiscal reality.
On Nov. 16, SEPTA General
Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State
Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community
leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion
project in Delaware County. In an effort to address rider demand, SEPTA in
partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand the parking facilities for
commuters who use Elwyn (R3) Regional Rail Station.
Vans will replace trains
between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Oyster
Bay Branch November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West
Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this
weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no
detour route required.
All trains on the Blue Line
rapid transit line from Boston to Revere, Mass., have been upgraded from four
to six cars, enabling the "T" to carry more passengers. The
transition began and was completed this fall.
The Chicago Transit
Authority is undertaking a study of the Red Line North and Purple Line - from
the Addison Red Line station to Linden on the Purple Line - that will provide
guidance for doing major rehabilitation work in the future, pending funding
availability. As part of this Vision Study, the public is invited to provide
input and feedback regarding these stations at a series of four open houses at
various locations on the North Side and in Evanston.
CSX Transportation has
put on hold two bridge projects in Medina County, Ohio, while details are
worked out between the railroad company and county officials, according to the
Medina County Gazette. A third project - replacing the 103-year-old bridge at
Mud Lake Road in Westfield Township - is scheduled to begin early next year.
The rebuilt bridge will allow double-stacked containers on rail cars to pass
For the first time in 38
years, passenger rail service is returning to the community of Stanwood/Camano
Island with daily Amtrak Cascades train
service making two morning and two evening stops at a new rail station
beginning the morning of Saturday, November 21.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted
approval Grade-crossing safety improvements in three communities across the
state. ICC OKed the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates
at the 130th Street grade crossing of BNSF track located near Cameron, Warren
County. The estimated cost to install automatic flashing light signals and
gates is $234,377. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95
percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $222,658. BNSF will
pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and