(Rep. Mike Michaud,
D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A
report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found
that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving
freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be
put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right
here in Maine on this very topic.
Though it was difficult,
James Cowhey did manage to contain his emotions Monday, the Intelligencer
From Saturday, July 10, to
Friday, July 16, crews will continue a project that will improve the rail
crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. Crews will grade
and trench the site and make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The
work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in
Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
Kansas City Southern issueda service advisory July 11 reporting hat while Kansas City Southern de Mexicoresumed most operations over the weekend, its main line between Laredo andMonterrey remained closed due to "high waters and floating debris"left by Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30.
Los Angeles Metro has begun
to replace 20 aging traction power substations and electrical support systems
on the Metro Blue Line with a grant of $71 million provided by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
TransLink in the
Vancouver, B.C., area, has issued a formal Request for Proposals to three
pre-qualified companies to submit bids to design, install, operate and maintain
the planned Smart Card and Faregate system.
Metro in Washington,
D.C., has received pre-award authority from the Federal Transit Administration
to move forward with more than $220 million worth of projects that address
Metro's most urgent safety and state-of-good-repair needs.
On July 12, the G Street
Underpass project in Merced, Calif., which will be the only below grade
railroad crossing in the city, will start in earnest, when crews begin the prep
work needed to create an undercrossing beneath the BNSF tracks, the Sacramento
Bee reports. The $18-million project will take 18 months to complete.
For months, the New York MTA
and the Federal Transit Administration had been at odds over
cost overruns of the MTA's two biggest projects: the long-planned Second Avenue
Subway and East Side Access, which would bring the Long Island Rail Road to
Grand Central, the New York Observer reports. The FTA, which is partially
funding both, had argued the projects were running up to $1.6 billion over what
the MTA was projecting, and the projects would be further delayed, both into
2018. The MTA begged to differ.