planners are on a lightning-fast track, feverishly preparing to build the
85-mile, high-speed rail corridor from Milwaukee to Madison when $817.7 million
in federal stimulus funding is secured, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
The weekend of Jan. 15-18,
Metro in Washington, D.C., will close the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line
while maintenance crews conduct a track overhaul between the Medical Center and
Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Customers using the Red Line in this
area should add 40 minutes to their travel plans to transfer to a free shuttle
bus to get past the affected work area. Throughout the weekend, extra Metro
employees will be on hand to guide customers to connecting shuttle buses.
A federal lawsuit filed
against BNSF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to force a more
detailed study of the impact on the air and water by the railroad planned
intermodal center in southwestern Johnson County, Kan., the Kansas City Tribune
reports. The proposed site lies near the city of Gardner and along BNSF‘s
Transcon mainline and Interstate 35, a major national north-south highway. BNSF
is seeking to build a $700-million, high-tech, energy-efficient and environmentally
friendly 1,200-acre intermodal site between Gardner and Edgerton. The site
would include an intermodal center where shipping containers would be unloaded
from trains and a logistics park made up of warehouses, distribution centers and
Residents who live next
to the Canadian National Railway tracks in Mokena, Ill., could
see trees planted as barriers between their homes and the tracks as early as
this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Village Board approved a
landscape buffer plan for the area in the southwest corner of the village.
The Ohio Rail Development
Commission approved a $155,000 grant that will pay half the cost of
rehabilitating a railroad bridge in Toledo, local newspapers report.
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.