If the convention center
was a colossal and contentious public project, wait until you see Nashville Mayor
Karl Dean's next undertaking: a multi-year, multibillion-dollar effort to
renovate Middle Tennessee's mass transportation system, the Tennessean reports.
The payback to residents of the greater Nashville area, Dean says, will be a
mass transit system to rival that of Denver, Charlotte and Austin.
Rather than choosing
between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch
Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding
proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans
for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to
the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond
Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal
A proposed 3.3-mile rail
spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main
line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property
acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated
$34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison
County Independent reports.
When passenger rail
service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely
upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.
Proposed changes to
Scottsbluff, Neb., city intersections could put establishing a quiet zone
throughout the community on the fast track, the Star-Herald reports. City
Manager Rick Kuckkahn told the Scottsbluff City Council that a current plan "could
completely silence the town (of train horns)."
A morning swig from a
plastic milk jug, the refrigerator where it was kept and the spoon used to
shovel that first bite of breakfast - the journey these everyday items take
from raw materials to finished products started at local railroad yards,
according to the Redlands, Calif., Daily Facts.
On Feb. 5, MPR President
Bill Kling appeared on his radio network in an attempt to justify his lawsuit
against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light-rail transit project.
Union Pacific will improve
Houston's transportation infrastructure with a $29 million investment to
improve the rail line that runs from Spring, Texas, to the Washington Avenue
Corridor. Work on the 23-mile stretch of railroad tracks will begin on the line
that parallels the Hardy Toll Road February 18. Crews also will make track
improvements to the rail line located along Washington Avenue between downtown
Houston and Hempstead Road.
industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation said that
its Harsco Rail unit has been awarded a new $6-million order from the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for production of Utility Track
Vehicle (UTV) prime movers.
A New Jersey-based company
was awarded a $3.49-million construction contract to rebuild the Long Island Rail
Road rail spur that leads into the Calverton, N.Y., Enterprise Park and hopes
to get working on the railroad in March, local media report. The Riverhead Town
Board awarded the contract to Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson, the
lowest bidder. The highest bid came in at $6.7 million.