Service on the Red Line
near the Fort Totten Metrorail station has returned to normal after a fatal
train collision in June, which resulted in slower Metrorail service along the
Red Line in the Washington, D.C., area.
As part of developing his
budget recommendations for 2010, Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L.
Rodriguez has announced a series of internal cost cutting measures and
efficiencies aimed at reducing a projected $300-million revenue shortfall that
has resulted from lower than expected tax revenues.
more than 60 people who attended a meeting to discuss the development of the
Maine Rail Plan told state officials that the most pressing statewide and
regional rail issue facing them is the fear that Aroostook County may lose
vital railroad track in the near future, according to the Bangor Daily News. The
crowd gathered at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to take advantage of
the only opportunity for county residents to weigh in on the immediate future
of Maine railroads.
The U.S. Department of
Commerce has awarded a $6-million Economic Development Administration grant to
JAXPORT in Jacksonville, Fla., to help improve the Blount Island Marine
Terminal railroad system. The grant will be used to rebuild existing track and
rail ties, allowing JAXPORT to enhance its global competitiveness and continue
to create and retain private sector jobs.
The Seattle City Council approved
a deal with Sound Transit for a line to connect the downtown transit tunnel
from the International District to the light rail station at Capitol Hill,
which is now under construction.
A year after Congress told
federal regulators to issue $20 million in grants to help short line railroads
recover from storm damages, the Federal Railroad Administration is ready to
make the final $5 million of those funds available, the Journal of Commerce
The new Caltrain Mission
Bay crossing in San Francisco opened Oct. 7. The crossing will provide access
to Mission Bay residential neighborhoods and eventually, to the UCSF Mission
Bay campus from the west side of The City. The grade crossing is wider than
most because it crosses three tracks instead of the usual two tracks. There is
a pedestrian crossing on the south side of the grade crossing that includes
safety gates with emergency swing gates, tactile warning strips, sidewalks and
pavement markings. There is no pedestrian crossing on the north side of grade
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold five community meetings in
October and November to discuss potential subway stations for the Westside Subway
This month, Denver's
Regional Transportation District is marking the 15th anniversary of light rail
opening in the metro area. Since RTD opened the 5.3-mile Central Light Rail
Line October 7,1994, RTD's 35-mile light rail system has carried nearly 150
million passenger trips. The light rail network carries an average of about
60,000 passenger trips every weekday, ahead of ridership projections. All four
of RTD's light rail lines were built on time and on budget, and each exceeded