Systra Consulting Inc. has released some details of its ongoing study for light rail transit on Staten Island, in advance of the study’s completion, expected at the end of April. Systra is conducting the study on behalf of the Staten Island Economic Development Corp., which has been vociferous in its support for LRT, arguing that New York City's transit plans once again have overlooked "the Forgotten Borough."
At present, the plan calls for extending New Jersey Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit (HBLRT) system south across the Bayonne Bridge (and the New Jersey-New York border). A first phase stretching roughly three miles would link the Elm Park and Bloomfield neighborhoods, serving an estimated 9,900 riders per day with service at 10-minute frequencies. Of those initial riders, Systra found that roughly 1,500 would travel within the borough itself. The initial segment, with four stations, would cost an estimated $1.2 billion.
Extensions beyond the first phase would route LRT south in the median of the West Shore Expressway to Richmond Valley, at the southern tip of the island, where the LRT route could connect to the Staten Island Railway, which runs along the borough’s eastern shoreline and to the Staten Island Ferry. Estimate cost for the full route, about nine miles in length, is $1.8 billion.
Plans to replace the current Bayonne Bridge with a new structure make any link with HBLRT uncertain; the bridge (and replacement project) is managed by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. “The Bayonne Bridge will be a problem because there's no definite replacement plan yet," said Joseph Carroll, district manager of Community Board 1.
New York’s MetropolitanTransportation Authority currently operates X89 bus service linking Staten Island and Manhattan via New Jersey, with the route providing transfers to and from HBLRT. HBLRT currently carries roughly 45,000 riders each weekday.
BNSF’s Amarillo Yard in Texas has added RailComm’s automation system to control derails. RailComm’s outdoor-rated Operator Control Panel provides wireless remote control to severalbi-directional derail locations within the yard. Proximity Detection Loops were selected to provide reliable “over the derail” protection, preventing the derail from being remotely operated when a locomotive is in the protection zone.
RailComm’s Operator Contro lPanel features an event recorder function, which logs all commands and indication state changes from each derail machine. The company’s 2.4 GHz RADiANTTM data radios provide a wireless communications network to link the control panel with the field locations.
Federal funds may provide the fiscal spark for a streetcar line in Milwaukee denied the city by state and county planners. Wisconsin U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and David Obey, both Democrats, inserted language in the recently passed $410 billion federal omnibus spending bill identifying $91.5 million for Milwaukee, with roughly $55 million (60%) of that targeted for launching a streetcar project.
Federal funds may provide the fiscal spark for a streetcar line in Milwaukee denied the city by state and county planners. Wisconsin U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and David Obey, both Democrats, inserted language in the recently passed $410 billion federal omnibu ...
If the New York State Senate continues to balk at a plan to help the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority close a looming $1.2 billion budget gap, the agency's millions of daily rail, subway, and bus riders face fare increases averaging 23% and deep cuts in service.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority opened its $530 million new South Ferry Station in lower Manhattan to customers March 16 following the morning rush hour, with Gov. David Paterson the first official customer to pass through the station’s turnstiles.
Three years after an initial construction attempt was aborted, the 1.3-mile Anacostia streetcar line in southeastern Washington, D.C., is nearing a construction start, according to the District Department of Transportation.
The on-again/off-again scheduled debut of Austin, Tex.’s Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority service is off again, at least for regularly scheduled revenue service. Though a ceremonial launch is still slated for Saturday, March 28, regular service won’t commence until sometime in April.
The images are stark and disturbing: Freight cars rocking and rolling down a rickety right-of-way. Derailed equipment. Loose rail joints. Soggy, cracked ties.