Michigan is vying for its part of the $8 billion federal stimulus to upgrade passenger train service. The state wants $830 million as its part of a Midwest high-speed rail plan.
Contracting giant Balfour
Beatty said it has reached an accord to purchase consultant Parsons
Brinckerhoff for approximately $618 million, U.K. media report. The agreement is subject to approval by the shareholders of both companies.
The Chicago Transit
Authority is inviting the public to meetings to provide input on the proposed Red,
Orange and Yellow Line Extensions.
Attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed
alternatives, the purpose and need for the project, the potential effects and
mitigation measures to be considered in the Environmental Impact Study (EIS).
The Frankford elevated
line, which was completely rebuilt in the 1980s and 1990s to last for 75 years,
needs significant repairs because of a basic flaw in its reconstruction design,
the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. To prevent pieces of concrete from falling
onto cars or pedestrians, SEPTA crews have installed 8,000 metal mesh belts on
the underbelly of the El and plan to install 2,000 more, beginning Sept. 21.
Officials of Kansas City
Southern are in Laredo again, delivering the latest updates on the possibility
of a rail bridge in the Laredo, Texas, area, television station KGNS reported. KCS
officials say the project is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
The City of Leavenworth,
Wash., and Amtrak said that the eagerly awaited restoration of rail passenger
service to the popular Bavarian Village, a destination community in the Cascade
Mountains, will begin on Friday, September 25. The first train returning to
Leavenworth, one of Washington's most visited attractions, will be Amtrak's
Empire Builder, departing Seattle that evening bound for Chicago.
Lynda Frost, a
spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, said trains traveling through downtown
Billings, Mont., were supposed to stop sounding their horns Sept. 18, one
minute after midnight, according to The Gazette. And those are some big horns,
emitting blasts of 96 to 110 decibels, as per federal regulations. A subway
train, at a distance of 200 feet, registers at about 95 decibels, while 110
decibels is comparable to a power saw three feet away.