U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood announced members of the Transit Rail Advisory
Committee for Safety (TRACS), a newly-formed advisory committee that will
assist the Federal Transit Administration with developing national safety
standards for rail transit.
As part of BART's
system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, in July the agency will begin
strengthening structures at the El Cerrito Plaza Station to withstand future
earthquakes. While this work is going on, there will be times that we will need
to change pedestrian access and traffic flow to the station.
The U.S. rail manufacturing
industry stands to undergo considerable growth in the coming years as Amtrak
upgrades its railcars and adds high-speed trains and as lawmakers consider a
transportation bill that calls for significantly greater investments in public
transit, including rail, according to a new study by Duke University prepared
for the Apollo Alliance. Illinois, which is home to 23 rail-manufacturing
facilities and is planning its own high-speed rail network, would reap major
benefits from such a bill.
The county has received
bids from 14 architectural firms on the $1.2-million downtown transit depot
that officials hope is a hub for Greyhound bus and Amtrak railway services in
the next few years, local media report. County staff members will spend the next couple of weeks
reviewing the projects and ranking the top four or five candidates before
presenting them to the commission, said Judy Halaas, county purchasing
CSX Transportation officials
told the Albany Times-Union editorial board June 23 that adding passenger
trains traveling 110 mph to CSX tracks would cut the amount of freight traffic
the railroad could handle.
June 25-27, Washington, D.
C., Metro will make upgrades to the track on the Blue Line to improve
reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the
railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30
TriMet in Portland, Ore.,
has begun work to improve safety, security and fare compliance at the Gresham
Central MAX station. Over the next two months, crews will be installing
railing, lighting and signage around the platforms to improve visibility, make
the platform a fare zone and help make the overall environment safer. With the
station platform as a fare zone, passengers will be required to have valid fare
before boarding, making it easier to check fares at the station.
America's growing economy
moves more and more freight on rails and Ohio is increasingly one of the
critical links to keep those goods rolling. Already nearing completion of its
Heartland Corridor between Chicago, Columbus and the Port of Norfolk, Va.,
Norfolk Southern is extending the corridor's reach to Cincinnati.
As part of their review of
agency finances, DART officials are reviewing funding strategies for capital
projects scheduled beyond the current 37-mile light rail expansion. The
projected shortfall in sales tax revenue will result in the indefinite delay in
the third section of the Orange Line, from Irving to Terminal A at DFW Airport,
the second Downtown Dallas alignment and the Blue Line extension from Ledbetter
Station to the UNT Dallas campus, officials said.