The New York State Senate Monday confirmed Joseph Lhota as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, replacing Jay Walder, who departed in October. Lhota had been serving as MTA executive director for five weeks pending his confirmation.
California’s High-Speed Rail Authority should not consider a proposed route for high speed rail along Interstate 5 in southern California and instead should study a proposed route through Palmdale, according to a study recommendation released Monday.
A lockout at Electro-Motive Diesel Canada’s London, Ontario, plant that began on New Year’s Day is spurring cross-border labor issues between the U.S. and Canada.
During a ceremony Tuesday at the Transnet Rail Engineering (TRE) facility in Koedoespoort, South Africa, Transnet SOC Ltd. and GE South Africa Technologies Ltd. (GESAT) marked the signing of a contract for 43 new Model C30ACi locomotives for South Africa, bringing the total number of GE locomotives ordered to 143 since December 2009.
Bloomfield, N.J.-based Atlantic Track on Tuesday announced several personnel appointments, many involving staffing at the company’s new Southeast regional office in Atlanta.
A lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation’s roadways in the next surface transportation bill now being considered in both the House and the Senate, according to Railway Supply Institute President Tom Simpson.
Parking commuter benefits will rise from $230 to $240 per month in 2012, but corresponding public transit user benefits provided by employers will be cut severely, due to the inability of Congress to reach consensus on the matter.
Users of Toronto Transit Commission’s Scarborough Line may be without rail service for four years, beginning in 2015, as the line is converted to light rail transit (LRT) from its current operation (shown here).
“The phase-in of Scarborough will be from the fall of 2015 to 2019,” TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster said at a recent city budget committee hearing.
The line originally was to be converted by 2015, but the election of Mayor Rob Ford, more supportive of subway construction than LRT extensions, put the project’s status is doubt. Webster said the conversion of the Scarborough Line will be coordinated with related extension of the Eglinton LRT line, which now will be placed largely underground (and driving up capital costs) due to community input.
U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Dec. 24, 2011 was up a hefty 11.9% compared with the same week one year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume for the same week was up 22.9% from the same week last year.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley last week said the state will budget about $69 million in state funding for engineering work related to the proposed 16-mile Purple Line Light Rail project.
The proposed LRT line, planned to link with Washington, D.C.’s Metro rail system in at least four locations, arcs across D.C.’s northern suburbs across two counties in Maryland, from Bethesda to New Carrollton. Current construction costs are estimated at $1.925 billion.
The $69 million reportedly will cover costs for the next two years, and will be generated from increases in certificate and title fees for vehicles, as well as from higher fees for vanity tags and dealer processing charges, according to a spokesman from the Maryland Department of Transportation. While just 3.6% of the overall cost, the $69 million is politically significant, given past opposition to or neglect of the Purple Line proposal from previous state administrations.