Weekend track work will
close three Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia
throughout the Labor Day weekend.
The Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations will be closed from 9:30
p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to closing, (midnight) Monday, Sept. 7. These stations
will reopen at 5 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Metrorail riders in Virginia who
are planning to ride the Blue or Yellow lines will need to transfer to a free
shuttle bus if they want to pass through Pentagon City, Crystal City or the
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations because Metro
officials will be conducting track work between the Pentagon and Braddock Road
Metrorail stations throughout the holiday weekend. Regular service will resume
when the Metrorail system opens on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8.
Kansas City Southern is
promising action after receiving complaints from the Bossier City, La., Council
that its railroad crossings are damaging vehicles, according to local
City officials hear a lot
of complaints from residents who hear too much noise from train horns, the Longmont
Times-Call reports. In fact,
Longmont City Councilwoman Sarah Levison calls it "Sleepless in Ward 2." But
the only way the city could put a hush on train horns through Longmont is by
developing "quiet zones" at the 17 BNSF crossings in the city - a project that
city officials have never fully studied.
The next phase of DART Rail
will be the return of rail service to Deep Ellum, Baylor, Fair Park and South
Dallas after an absence of more than 50 years and will bring new opportunities
for development and offer new destinations to thousands of new passengers when
the first four stations of the 20-station, 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) Green Line open on September 14.
Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration achieved a crucial
milestone: it beat the September 1 deadline to provide all states and local
communities 50 percent of their Recovery Act transit formula dollars. In fact,
FTA provided nearly 90 percent of its $7.5-billion transit stimulus money to
states and local communities. FTA is managing an additional $900 million in
discretionary funds for New Starts projects, the Greenhouse Gas and Energy
Reduction and Tribal Transit programs and oversight for a total of $8.4
The collapse of the Union
Pacific railroad bridge in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, during last year's historic
flood has cost the Iowa Northern Railway, the primary user of the span,
millions of dollars. Farmers, grain cooperatives and ag manufacturers have also
suffered economic and efficiency losses due to costly detours, according to the
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Before highways, there were
railroads - Houston's first circulatory system. Civic boosters bragged in the
1920s that Houston was the place "where 17 railroads meet the sea." The trains
hauled cotton and grain. Downtown had three passenger stations, the Houston Chronicle
Northstar, the state's
first commuter rail service, will offer five morning trips from Big Lake,
Minn., to downtown Minneapolis and five return trips in the afternoon along a
40-mile corridor, with stops at Fridley, Coon Rapids, Anoka, Elk River and Big
Lake. One reverse commute roundtrip also will be offered on weekdays, and three
weekend roundtrips are planned on Saturdays and Sundays.
The leader of the effort to
build the proposed DesertXpress high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern
California said his company has launched a worldwide search for vendors and
suppliers so that construction on the $4 billion project could begin by the end
of March, the Las Vegas Sun reports.