In a dramatic change from
existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed that new
funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues
such as economic development opportunities and environmental benefits, in
addition to cost and time saved, which are currently the primary criteria.
has awarded a $104.7-million contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Littleton,
Mass., for the replacement of the 102-year old movable bridge over the Niantic
River in East Lyme, Conn.
Gov. Haley Barbour wants
Mississippi to create a transportation hub in Palmer's Crossing to handle
increased container traffic from the Port of Gulfport, the Hattiesburg American
reports. But area residents say they'll need to hear more details before they
consider the proposal a good fit for their community.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority in California is set to begin a rail grinding project Jan.
16 that will see heavy equipment working on light rail tracks in Mountain View,
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell and San Jose for the next 20 nights between
the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder unveiled a new and
dramatically simplified Website that offers the MTA's 8.5 million daily
customers access to better organized and far more detailed information about
their daily commute.
While Paul Dulmage has
never been on a train in his life, he still feels rail lines should be
protected, EMC News reports. And the mayor of Carleton Place, Ont., Canada,
will be doing his part to ensure that the Canadian Pacific former Ottawa Valley
line, which passes through the town, is not disposed of or torn up.
(This editorial appeared January 14
in The Michigan Daily.) Any new infrastructure that will help the environment,
students or the economy is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.
And a new construction plan funded by the federal government encompasses all
three of these categories. The new public transportation - a railroad that will
run between Ann Arbor and Detroit with stops in the neighboring areas - will
benefit students and residents as they move between Ann Arbor and Detroit, for
business and pleasure, without excessive cost. This new route of transportation
is easy, cheap and environmentally-friendly and officials from both cities
should do everything possible to ensure that the plans come to fruition.
Norfolk Southern's Crescent
Corridor Intermodal Freight Project has received the endorsement of the Retail
Industry Leaders Association (RILA). As noted in a letter dated December 16,
2009, from Katherine Lugar, RILA's Executive Vice President, Public Affairs to
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:
In the coming days, the
local Ministry of Environment office can expect a terse communiqué from Kamloops,
B.C. politicians, local newspapers report. The letter, sent by city council,
will be reaffirming its stand against a proposed gasification plant in
Two statewide environmental
coalitions are warning that soil under the rail bed of the proposed Lackawanna
Cutoff line in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties could be filled with
carcinogens and want NJ Transit to investigate that possibility, the Newark Star-Ledger
reports. But NJ Transit officials contended there is no such evidence.