The New York MTA, which is
about to raise fares, wasted at least $722,000 on a safety program so fatally
flawed it should be scrapped, a scathing report concludes, the New York Daily
News reports. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority routinely miscalculated
how well contractors were doing in preventing accidents and curbing
injury-related costs on construction projects, the MTA inspector general's
office concluded. As a result, contractors got larger bonus payments than they
The United States is
saddled with a rapidly decaying and woefully underfunded transportation system
that will undermine its status in the global economy unless Congress and the
public embrace innovative reforms, a bipartisan panel of experts concludes,
reports The Washington Post.
Mario Brault, president
of Huron Central Railway, sees on the horizon for the first time, a profit for
his company, Sault Ste Marie This Week reports. He doesn't look for huge sums
of money. Brault, upbeat and forthcoming, pointed out few companies can survive
without "a little bit of profit," and a C$33-million contribution
from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario has opened the way.
Hampton Roads Transit has
been awarded an $8.48-million federal grant toward replacing its aging
administrative headquarters, a former Cadillac showroom on Monticello Avenue, The
The Government Center T
station has the charm of a bomb shelter - and that's its most winsome feature,
the Boston Herald reports. Impressions only get worse up close.
Is a proposed passenger
train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment?
Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? The Minneapolis Star Tribune asks.
The nation's top official
in charge of helping minorities with big dreams but often little cash visited
BART to look at the innovative ways the transit agency gives small business
owners a leg up in a down economy.
The MTA Long Island Rail
Road will provide bus service in place of early-morning trains on the
Ronkonkoma Branch on Saturday, October 9, as track inspections are made by the
Sperry Rail Car. Customers on four eastbound and four westbound early-morning
trains between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma will be affected. Customers should
expect up to 36 minutes additional travel time.
Legislation introduced by
Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) helps underscore the growing
recognition of the need to increase federal support for freight infrastructure.
Joint Rail Conference
2011 is a multidisciplinary North American railroad conference encompassing all
aspects of rail transportation and engineering research. The conference is a
cooperative effort of the six co-sponsoring organizations and will be held March
16-18, 2011 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.