Sound Transit celebrated
breaking ground on the first phase of construction of a new Sounder commuter
train station in Edmonds, Wash. The transit hub, scheduled to open next spring,
will replace a temporary structure south of the Amtrak station with a new east
platform, passenger shelter, re-paved parking area, upgraded lighting and
secured storage for bicycles.
Chicago Mayor Richard M.
Daley announced the formation of a new O'Hare Express Blue Ribbon Committee to
undertake a comprehensive study for express train service between O'Hare
International Airport and downtown Chicago.
Transportation Authority in New York City said underpinning for the Corbin
Building and the foundation for the Fulton Street Transit Center are complete.
This marks a major milestone in the $1.4-billion project that will connect five
subway stations and 10 subway lines, improving access for over 300,000 daily
customers that pass through this major transit hub in lower Manhattan. The
overall project, funded primarily with federal funds, remains on schedule and
will be completed in 2014.
Commuters in Boston's MBTA
subway system will notice scientific equipment and researchers with electronic
monitoring devices throughout the system August 20 -27, while the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues a scientific study of airflow
throughout the underground portion of the subway system. The first portion of
the study was conducted in December.
CSX Transportation wants to
raise a portion of the Keystone Viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage at Sand
Patch so its double-decker train cars can clear the structure, the Somerset, Pa.,
Daily American reports. The Somerset County commissioners approved a memorandum
of understanding Tuesday with CSXT that outlines all the improvements the
railroad will need to make for the project. The agreement also lists who will
be responsible for construction, closure of the trail and when the actual work
is being performed.
The Dow Chemical Company
will introduce the TRAXSYSTM Rail Boot System in North America and present its
extensive rail technologies portfolio at the AREMA Conference and Exhibition in
Orlando, Fla., Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2010. Dow experts will be on hand at booth
#130/128 to discuss how the Company's offerings can advance rail transport
safety and extend the working life of tracks, platforms and equipment
Portland, Ore., TriMet
riders have a new way to receive real-time arrival information for buses and
MAX: text message. This arrival information option, one of the first in the
nation, is useful for mobile phone users who have text message service plans
but not more expensive mobile web service plans.
Los Angeles is known for
its vibrant car culture - and for all the problems that come along with it,
such as air pollution and congestion, according to the South Los Angeles Report.
Twelve transit projects are under way to provide relief for commuters. But transit
officials say that may take up to three decades to complete, according to the
South Los Angeles Report. Thousands of labor union members gathered in front of
downtown City Hall on Friday to show their support for a plan that would speed
up construction of the transit projects and create much-needed jobs.
A major upgrade
could be on the way for the railroad crossing where one Springfield, Ohio, High School student was killed and another
seriously injured while walking to school right before the holiday break in December 2009, FOX
Toledo News reports. They were both struck by a train while walking to school. Fifteen-year-old Cody Brown was killed. His friend, 16-year-old Brianna
Mullinger, survived but lost her leg.
Joint Rail conference, which will be held in Pueblo, Colo., March 16-18, with
the theme "Shared Corridors, Shared Interests" has issued a call for papers. The
2011 JRC is jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE, IEEE, AREMA and TRB. Abstracts for
proposed technical papers are now being accepted on the conference website, http://www.asmeconferences.org/JRC2011