A planned $100-million
expansion of CSX Transportation's freight rail facilities near Franklin Street
in Worcester, Mass., has been heralded by state and local officials as a major
boon for economic development, the Worcester Business Journal reports. But just
how many jobs the expansion will create, and what the impact on the local
neighborhood will be, remains to be seen.
The federal stimulus may
be pumping greenbacks into the economy but it's also making a part of Woodside,
N.Y., distinctly less green, the New York Daily News reports. Locals are
steamed over Amtrak's brush-clearing effort that recently chopped down more
than a hundred mature trees along rails running parallel to Northern Blvd.
The Federal Railroad
Administration has announced proposed rules to amend the Track Safety Standards
and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards for high-speed and high-cant-deficiency
train operations to promote safer rail vehicle and track interaction.
Chicago Transit Authority Brown
Line trains will be unable to enter the Loop from approximately 7:15 a.m. until
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, due to structural maintenance work on the Wells Street
Bridge. During this time, shuttle buses will replace rail service between the
Merchandise Mart and the Clark/Lake stations. Brown Line trains will operate
normally between the Kimball and Merchandise Mart stations.
A study committee voted to
start preliminary engineering on a $95.8-million downtown Milwaukee modern
streetcar line, the Journal Sentinel reports. The Milwaukee Connector study committee voted, 3-1, to seek Federal Transit
Administration approval for the engineering work on the streetcar, which would link downtown attractions to the lower
east side with trips every 10 or 15 minutes, from early morning to late at
night, seven days a week, for $1 a ride.
Travelers heading to
Washington, D.C., will be whizzing through University City, N.C., at 90 mph
sometime in the next few years, and that is causing rail officials in Raleigh
to look at changes to protect Charlotte's drivers, residents and trains, Carolina
Weekly reports. Improvements are planned for 12 miles of the existing track
starting south of N.C. 49 near Concord and reaching all the way to Orr Road in
the University City area. The project is just one of a number of projects the
N.C. Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railway plan along a much larger section of
The federal Surface
Transportation Board today reaffirmed its jurisdiction over DesertXpress, a
planned high-speed rail line linking Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif.
Illinois lawmakers signaled
their support for a 220-mph high-speed passenger train that could someday
connect Chicago and St. Louis, The Quad-City Times reports. On May 5, the State
Senate unanimously approved a resolution creating the Illinois and Midwest
High-Speed Rail Commission, which will recommend ways to design, build and
maintain the train route. Members of the commission will be appointed by the
governor and lawmakers.
In an announcement that
Madison officials hailed as a boon for downtown, Gov. Jim Doyle said May 6 that
the "obvious, correct choice" for an Amtrak station is near Monona Terrace in
Madison, Wis., the Wisconsin State Journal reports