Secretary Sean Connaughton has ordered an investigation into Hampton Roads
Transit's business practices and light-rail project, The Virginian-Pilot
Philip Shucet, Hampton Road Transit president
and CEO, said, " I carefully reviewed the verbatim transcript from the May
19, 2009, Virginia Beach, Va., City Council meeting, it is clear to me that HRT
committed with certainty that no local City funds would be used to fund the
Alternatives Analysis and Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Though
our policy is clear that federal grants are locally matched by a partner city,
the firm recorded commitment made by HRT is compelling. We will honor that
commitment for this particular local match requirement. It's the right thing to
do, especially in this case where Virginia Beach supported acquiring the
federal funding with the specific understanding that a city match was not
necessary. As such, HRT withdraws its request that the Virginia Beach City
Council supply the local match.
With an eye toward
enhancing customer and employee security, MTA New York City Transit is set to
begin a project that will put advanced video surveillance equipment onboard four
cars of a 10-car subway train that will be in operation along the lettered
lines through early 2011. This train will also be used to pilot a new handhold
configuration and rush-hour flip up seats, though the seating feature will not
be put into use at this time.
Federal stimulus grants
could have redrawn the map of freight rail lines throughout the Rockford, Ill.,
area and truck routes around Rochelle, Ill., GateHouse News Service reports. Instead, after the $108-million requests were rejected last week, it's
back to the drawing board.
Corporation said that it has amended its definitive arrangement agreement with
Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI), a global provider of radio frequency identification
technology. Under the terms of the amendment, Federal Signal will acquire all
of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sirit for cash consideration of
C$0.43 per share by way of a court approved plan of arrangement under the
Business Corporations Act, an increase of C$0.13 per share or 43 percent over
the original cash consideration. The transaction has a total equity value of
approximately C$72 million (US $69 million).
Amtrak awarded the Dana B. Kenyon Company a $25-million
contract for the construction of a maintenance facility located in Hialeah,
Fla., near Miami. Construction will begin this spring and will be completed in
Amtrak has asked seven
architectural and real estate firms to submit proposals to redevelop a key part
of Chicago's Union Station and plans to select a winning proposal by the end of
May, the Chicago Tribune reports. The firms include the Chicago office of
architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Chicago developer U.S. Equities
Realty and the Chicago office of Jones Lang LaSalle, which currently manages
Union Station for Amtrak.
A key Illinois General Assembly committee votes on
SB2571 Feb. 23, which would create the Illinois High Speed Rail Authority. The
Authority would be charged with designing, financing, building and operating a
high speed rail network on speeds up to 220 mph using new infrastructure. Responsibility
for upgrades to 110 mph would remain the responsibility of the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
Drivers will spend less
time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its
trains on the rail line that parallels Loop 529 in Rosenberg, Texas. The train
speed limit will increase from 10 miles per hour to 40 mph on nearly three
miles of track that crosses Junker and Scott Roads.