(Statement by APTA President
"The ‘Clean Energy Jobs and
American Power Act' introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John
Kerry (D-Mass.) this week potentially offers important new funding to expand
access to public transportation and improve our daily travels while reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. APTA supports their efforts to
move our nation toward a vibrant clean energy economy while controlling global
Sound Transit's design
for a commuter rail line from Tacoma Dome Station to Lakewood is dividing city
leaders and residents and creating an election-season stir, according to the Tacoma
News Tribune. The debate is likely to erupt again when the Tacoma City Council
holds a public hearing on the master development agreement between Sound
Transit and the city. The council is expected to vote on the issue Oct. 13.
In the Washington, D.C.,
area, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail
stations will be closed, and the Green Line also will be closed at the L'Enfant
Plaza Metrorail station from 10:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through Monday,
Oct. 12, with no service at these stations for three consecutive days. The Blue
and Orange Line at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station will not be affected.
Service will resume at all Metrorail stations on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
North Carolina Gov. Bev
Perdue said that the state submitted the second round of high-speed rail
applications for competitive funding under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. North Carolina is applying for funds totaling more than $5
billion for four projects to help further develop the federally designated
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor.
They don't look like much
at first glance: Narrow, freshly installed medians jutting up in the middle of
the road on either side of two railroad crossings, the Grand Island, Neb.,
Independent reports. But since Sept. 1, those medians have allowed Broken Bow's
east side to finally experience some respite from the horns of the trains that
regularly rush through town.
The Kansas Department of
Transportation has submitted a final grant application totaling $10 million to
the Federal Railroad Administration for funding under the High Speed/Intercity
Passenger Rail program using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, said Ron Kaufman with KDOT, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
At the Northstar commuter
rail station in Fridley, Minn., installation of station platform pavers was
completed and roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues.
Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances has begun.
Painting of the steel on the station platform and the east and west entrances
is completed for now and will continue after glass installation occurs.
(Below is a letter to The Honorable Peter M.
, from the National Association of Rail Pasengers. The letter was co-signed by several other organizations interested in rail passenger service.)
Joined by federal, state and local officials in
united support, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed his submission of the
state's application for nearly $4.7 billion in federal American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funding for engineering, design and construction on California's
high-speed train system. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match from state and
local funds, including the high-speed rail bond passed by California voters in
November 2008, the state's application would generate a nearly $10 billion
investment. This funding would collectively create nearly 130,000 jobs
A map from 1900 that
highlighted Kansas railways would have just been one giant black blob from all
the crisscrossing railways, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., reports.
no longer true. Five counties in the state no longer have any railway of any
sort (Rooks, Graham, Greenwood, Chautauqua and Comanche).