Latest Rail News
February 14, 2001

MTA NYC Transit said that due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp and passageway access will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23. Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23 and A trains. In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains.

A bumpy half-mile missing link on the North Shore Trail will be filled handsomely this winter by a $5-million elevated structure stretching from near the 31st Street Bridge to the Three Rivers Rowing Association's boathouse in Millvale, Pa., according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York released its Final Proposed 2010 Budget and November Financial Plan for 2010-2013. The approximately $11-billion 2010 Final Proposed Budget is balanced with no fare increase or reductions to scheduled service, with the help of rescue legislation enacted in Albany in May. The MTA acknowledged significant potential risks to the budget, however, setting aside an $85-million reserve and pledging an overhaul of operations to improve efficiency and address the current fiscal reality.

On Nov. 16, SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion project in Delaware County. In an effort to address rider demand, SEPTA in partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand the parking facilities for commuters who use Elwyn (R3) Regional Rail Station.

Vans will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no detour route required.

All trains on the Blue Line rapid transit line from Boston to Revere, Mass., have been upgraded from four to six cars, enabling the "T" to carry more passengers. The transition began and was completed this fall.

The Chicago Transit Authority is undertaking a study of the Red Line North and Purple Line - from the Addison Red Line station to Linden on the Purple Line - that will provide guidance for doing major rehabilitation work in the future, pending funding availability. As part of this Vision Study, the public is invited to provide input and feedback regarding these stations at a series of four open houses at various locations on the North Side and in Evanston.

CSX Transportation has put on hold two bridge projects in Medina County, Ohio, while details are worked out between the railroad company and county officials, according to the Medina County Gazette. A third project - replacing the 103-year-old bridge at Mud Lake Road in Westfield Township - is scheduled to begin early next year. The rebuilt bridge will allow double-stacked containers on rail cars to pass under it.

A $4.8-million federal grant will let Riverhead Town, N.Y., live out its longtime dream of having freight trains running to and from the Enterprise Park at Calverton, the Riverhead News Review reports. The entire cost of rehabbing the Calverton rail spur, which leads into the park, will be funded with federal stimulus money, lawmakers said.



For the first time in 38 years, passenger rail service is returning to the community of Stanwood/Camano Island with daily Amtrak Cascades train service making two morning and two evening stops at a new rail station beginning the morning of Saturday, November 21.

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