Los Angeles is known for
its vibrant car culture - and for all the problems that come along with it,
such as air pollution and congestion, according to the South Los Angeles Report.
Twelve transit projects are under way to provide relief for commuters. But transit
officials say that may take up to three decades to complete, according to the
South Los Angeles Report. Thousands of labor union members gathered in front of
downtown City Hall on Friday to show their support for a plan that would speed
up construction of the transit projects and create much-needed jobs.
A major upgrade
could be on the way for the railroad crossing where one Springfield, Ohio, High School student was killed and another
seriously injured while walking to school right before the holiday break in December 2009, FOX
Toledo News reports. They were both struck by a train while walking to school. Fifteen-year-old Cody Brown was killed. His friend, 16-year-old Brianna
Mullinger, survived but lost her leg.
Joint Rail conference, which will be held in Pueblo, Colo., March 16-18, with
the theme "Shared Corridors, Shared Interests" has issued a call for papers. The
2011 JRC is jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE, IEEE, AREMA and TRB. Abstracts for
proposed technical papers are now being accepted on the conference website, http://www.asmeconferences.org/JRC2011
Lake Zurich, Ill., trustees
approved an agreement with Ciorba Group Consulting Engineers in the amount of
$126,221 for Phase I analysis for noise mitigation measures along the Elgin,
Eastern and Joliet Railroad at Monday's meeting, Pioneer Press reports.
Heavy rain swept through
Duluth, Minn., the week of August 9, taking with it part of an old concrete
culvert in West Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
That, in turn,
created a sinkhole over Kingsbury Creek that swallowed a section of the BNSF
railroad near the Willard Munger Inn.
The Connecticut Bond
Commission is expected to approve $260 million to help pay for the improvements
needed for high-speed trains running through the state and western
Massachusetts, local media report.
In an overwhelming show
of support for the Administration's high-speed rail initiative, U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Ray LaHood said that the Federal Railroad Administration has
received 77 applications from 25 states for the most recent round of High-Speed
Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant funding. Application requests total more
than $8.5 billion and will be considered for funding from more than $2.3
billion appropriated in FY 2010.
The Maryland Transit
Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of upcoming track
maintenance. The overnight work will improve track functions between the Rogers
Avenue and State Center/Cultural Center stations and is scheduled to have
limited impact on Metro Subway service.
L.B. Foster Company said it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on August 30, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City time on August 16, 2010.
With the most significant
transit-service changes in years coming on August 30, Metro employees in St.
Louis will be at MetroBus Transfer Centers and MetroLink stations on weekdays
until then to provide customers with information on changes coming to 53
MetroBus routes. Teams of Metro employees serving as "ambassadors" will meet
with customers during the morning and afternoon rush hours with details.