Secretary Ray LaHood said $750,000 in grants for Georgia and $250,000 in grants
for Kansas will further develop their high-speed rail programs. The Georgia
grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an
interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an
Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala., feasibility study; and, $250,000 for a Macon, Ga.,
to Jacksonville, Fla., feasibility study.
Local, state and federal
officials recently celebrated the launch of a $1.1-billion high-speed rail
project in Illinois, the first in the nation, reports the Alton, Ill.,
Telegraph. The contingent touted fast, safe travel, more efficient transport of
freight and reduced need for foreign oil and less pollution with the
forthcoming high-speed rail system.
In a world of functional
but mundane MBTA entrances, the portal for inbound travelers at Copley Square
is one of a kind: a filigreed framework of flowers and curlicues in cast iron,
at once classically inspired and reminiscent of the Art Nouveau kiosks that
distinguish the Metro in Paris, the Boston Globe reports.
Grade work on the
driveway of the old Southern Railway Depot in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., is
well under way. Once the exterior work is completed, restoration of the
building will begin, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports.
BNSF has created 21 new
jobs in Galesburg, Ill., this summer and will add another 49 before the end of
the year, according to one of the railroad company's senior officials, The
The jobs are signs of a recovery in the freight
business, which was hammered by the economic recession. At the height of the
recession, BNSF furloughed 187 employees in Galesburg but all of those workers
have since been recalled, said Paul Nowicki, BNSF's vice president for
A key component of CSX
Transportation's northern tier strategy will come into play in early 2011 with
the opening of the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal, The Journal of Commerce
reports. The $175-million intermodal hub near North Baltimore, Ohio, will
reduce transit times by at least a day as it routes containerized cargo from
West Coast ports around Chicago to the many distribution facilities located in
the Ohio Valley.
(The following editorial,
"It's payback time for high-speed rail in San Jose," appeared in the
San Jose, Calif., Mercury News Sept. 20, 2010.) A bill is coming due for the
California High-Speed Rail Authority -- separate from the $43 billion price tag
for the bullet trains that, if all goes as planned, will zoom between San Diego
and San Francisco. This bill is payable to San Jose.
The weekend of Sept.
18-19, MTA NYC Transit will begin a $47-million project to rehabilitate
Inwood's historic Dyckman Street station and conduct stair and platform
improvement work on five No. 1 Line elevated stations from 207th to 242nd
Street in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
The NEW METRO's Board of
Directors in Houston, Texas, named George Greanias, president & CEO of the
agency. Greanias, a former Houston City councilman and city controller, has
served as METRO's acting president & CEO since May 2010.
The BART Board of Directors
voted 7-1 to reaffirm its decision to authorize General Manager Dorothy Dugger
to enter into a contract with the two firms the Board selected in December 2009
to design, operate and maintain the much anticipated Oakland, Calif., Airport
Connector. The vote is likely the final action the Board of Directors will need
to take before the agency breaks ground on the historic project, which promises
in the short-term to create thousands of jobs. While in the long run, provides
a world-class transit connection between the Oakland Airport and BART's
Coliseum Station for millions of customers for decades to come.