Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle revealed
a framework of a proposal crafted with legislators from southeastern Wisconsin
on a plan to improve bus and rail service in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine
through a Regional Transit Authority, according to The Business Journal of
Milwaukee. The proposal would give Milwaukee County the authority to raise
local sales taxes by 0.5 percent to fund local transit and a commuter rail
TriMet's MAX Green Line
opens to the public on Saturday, September 12, and reaches a major milestone of
connecting all three counties by light rail. TriMet's fifth MAX line extends
from downtown Portland to Clackamas County.
SEPTA began a massive
overhaul Sept. 8 of the Route 102 Sharon Hill Line-the first phase of various
improvements of two trolley lines funded with $34 million in federal stimulus
grants, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
MTA Metro-North Railroad
is streamlining its study of how best to provide direct train service from its
New Haven and Hudson lines into Penn Station in New York City via the east
Bronx and Manhattan's West Side. An environmental review began a decade ago
with the intent of developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a
"Preferred Alternative" pursuant to the National Environmental
Protection Act. Through two screening processes, an initial list of 22 service
alternatives was narrowed to four "Build" alternatives, two
alternatives for Hudson Line service to Penn Station and two alternatives for
New Haven Line service to Penn Station.
B.H.I.T., Inc., a publicly
railroad support services company headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., has acquired 100 percent of
the equity securities of The Wood Energy Group, Inc. for $6.4 million, plus
customary closing adjustments.
As the anniversary of the
Sept. 12 Chatsworth train disaster approaches, officials with Southern
California's sprawling commuter rail service are facing a vexing array of
technical, financial and potential legal challenges as they struggle to deliver
on pledges of trailblazing safety reforms, The Los Angeles Times reports.
officials' public fight against additional train traffic along the Third Street
corridor could derail the entire plan to provide high-speed rail service
between Springfield and Chicago, a vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad
told the State Journal-Register. Alternatively, railroad vice president John
Rebensdorf warned in an Aug. 28 letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the
railroad could carry out its plans unilaterally, and Springfield could "become
the bottleneck of the new high speed passenger rail route."
Canadian Pacific and the
Royal Ontario Museum celebrated the 100th birthday of the Burgess Shale and the
Spiral Tunnels - two national icons in Yoho National Park of Canada. 1909 marked a year of
incredible discovery and an awe-inspiring engineering marvel leading to 100 years of successful railway operations through Kicking Horse Pass in
Yoho National Park.
Every day, 1,800 passengers
head to the rail station next to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, local media
report. Every day, they board more than 40 trains headed for Washington,
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and destinations all along the Northeast Corridor.
It's the 15th busiest station in the Amtrak network. Now, the Maryland
Department of Transportation wants to study the idea of doubling the station's
size and recently applied for a $10-million federal grant for a detailed
The South Shore is alerting
passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The
second of five weekend outages is scheduled for September 12-14, 2009. South
Shore trains will not operate trains in either direction between South Bend,
Ind., and Gary, Ind., Metro Center on the following weekends from 2:30 a.m.
Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday: September 12-14 and 26-28, October 10-12 and October
31-November 2. The South Shore will
operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.