In its ongoing effort to
enhance public safety, Metrolink Board Chair Keith Millhouse announced that the
agency has activated Automatic Train Stop technology at an additional 49
priority locations throughout its rail system. This ATS installation will
expand the number of locations of ATS inductors to 105 on Metrolink routes in
Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Antelope Valley and Ventura County. The new
installations are also compatible with the Pacific Surfliner ATS-equipped
Intercity trains that operate on the Metrolink system. Metrolink received
expedited approval from the Federal Railroad Administration for the expanded
ATS program as another important safety measure while the commuter rail service
continues to accelerate the development and deployment of Positive Train
Control in Southern California.
The National Gateway
initiative will spur thousands of employment opportunities throughout the
Midwest and East Coast, creating growth and building the nation's economic
competitiveness. The National Gateway is an $842-million, multi-state
public-private infrastructure initiative that will create a more efficient
freight rail route between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets. Planned
improvements that will create job opportunities include raising bridges,
increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing rail
corridors to support the movement of double-stacked containers on rail cars.
Transit Board on Thursday unanimously approved a contract to dig twin-bored
tunnels between the Capitol Hill Station and downtown Seattle for the
University Link light rail extension. The contract, with JCM U-Link Joint
Venture, is for $168.9 million, which includes a 10 percent contingency. The
firm's bid was 12 percent below the engineer's estimate.
at the Fridley, Minn., Northstar commuter rail station are slightly behind
schedule. However, crews remain optimistic that the station will be ready for
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi
Rell said that she would push ahead with plans to borrow $100 million so that
the state can build a key part of the New Haven rail yard, the Hartford Courant
reports. One of Connecticut's biggest contractors recently offered to build a
293,000-square-foot maintenance center for rail cars that was only about half
as expensive as transportation officials and a consultant had projected.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors has approved the 2009
Long Range Transportation Plan that will guide transportation development in
the county through the year 2040, a period in which the county is expected to
experience unprecedented growth.
Fulfilling a commitment to
the PATH rail system's long-term growth, the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey's Board of Commissioners authorized more than $340 million worth of
contracts to help replace antiquated mechanical train controls on the
101-year-old system with state-of-the-art, computerized signals.
TriMet in the Portland,
Ore., area is beginning work on the first of several stimulus-funded projects
aimed at improving rider and pedestrian safety, security and convenience at
Eastside MAX stations. TriMet is using federal stimulus funds to repaint six
MAX stations, starting at the E 162nd Ave station in Gresham.
The North County Transit
District reached an agreement with AECOM (formerly DMJM+Harris) to settle all
claims arising from the design services performed by DMJM+Harris for the SPRINTER
light rail project in the San Diego area. The settlement allows each party to
avoid future litigation regarding disputed claims. With this agreement, NCTD
should complete the SPRINTER project well within its federally approved budget
of $484.2 million.
Hampton Roads Transit's
board awarded a $3.96-million contract to build 11 light-rail stations,
slightly under the $4.09 million projected budget, according to The
Virginian-Pilot. The contract went to W.M. Schlosser Company Inc., which is
already building the light-rail vehicle storage and maintenance facility. The
company has done similar work for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit