New York City’s Canarsie L line became the first in the system Tuesday to operate trains under full communications-based train control (CBTC) with ATO (automatic train operation), as trains began their Brooklyn/Manhattan route with motormen aboard in a supervisory capacity. ATO operations initially will be limited to off-peak service, with rush-hour operation to be phased in.
Thursday, March 19, 2009, marked the official beginning of the tunneling phase of MTA New York City Transit’s Line 7 subway extension project. With a who’s-who of politicians looking on, MTA Capital Construction lowered a key part of the first of two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will excavate two 7,100-foot tunnels. The piece lowered Thursday is known as the cutter head and has 44 rotating discs.
As Congress tinkered last week with final details of the proposed Stimulus Package, some transportation analysts lamented that funding for all rail modes totaled only 2% of the $787 billion plan.
House Democrats Thursday demanded time to review the $789 billion economic stimulus bill crafted by congressional conference committee, but most political analysts still expected both the House of Representatives and theSenate to approve the measure. Should the package hold until President Obama signs it into law, freight and passenger railroads could benefit significantly.