Construction of the new
passenger train platform in Stanwood, Wash., is costing more than anticipated,
and the platform might not be open until just before Thanksgiving for people
who want to ride the rail, according to the Everett, Wash. Herald. Nevertheless,
people in Stanwood are watching eagerly as the Amtrak Cascades stop takes shape
along the BNSF tracks in east downtown.
A railroad company's
objections to the design of the Robinson Street crossing underpass in Norman,
Okla., have been withdrawn, city officials say, according to local media. Sticking
to the original design means the city will experience no delay in building the
underpass and can stick to its original budget of about $25 million, Public
Works Director Shawn O'Leary said.
After years of wrangling,
paving work has begun on a contentious 26-acre automobile-to-rail transfer
facility off Willow Road in Ayer, Mass., owned by Billerica-based Pan Am
Railways, the Lowell Sun reports. But news of the paving
isn't sitting well with the state Department of Environmental Protection and
federal Environmental Protection Agency officials. Environmental officials are
calling out Pan Am for beginning to pave without stormwater-management devices
in place. As a result, the attorney general is also investigating whether the
start of work without "best management" stormwater controls in place
violates the terms of the Pan Am's probation in Middlesex Superior Court.
The parking garage at the
Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station in the Washington, D.C., area at the
end of the Blue Line will undergo a major rehabilitation project beginning October
1, resulting in the temporary loss of up to 220 parking spaces during the 18-
to 20-month project.
The garage rehabilitation will take place in 12 phases
and includes concrete, structural and electrical repairs of the 12-year-old
facility, which opened in June 1997. Throughout the course of the rehabilitation
project, approximately 220 of the 5,069 parking spaces will be unavailable.
U.S. Senator Kirsten
Gillibrand said she won the commitment of the Federal Rail Authority to
complete critical repairs to railroad tracks in Middletown, N.Y. Constituents
in the area brought the worn down tracks to Senator Gillibrand, who took their
concerns to the FRA and urged them to make repairs to the Crawford Industrial
Track at Railroad Avenue, Wisner Avenue Crossing and other locations in the
Michigan is vying for its part of the $8 billion federal stimulus to upgrade passenger train service. The state wants $830 million as its part of a Midwest high-speed rail plan.
Contracting giant Balfour
Beatty said it has reached an accord to purchase consultant Parsons
Brinckerhoff for approximately $618 million, U.K. media report. The agreement is subject to approval by the shareholders of both companies.