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Sound Transit purchases ROW for light rail extension

Rail| April 29, 2011
The purchase of the key property from the Port of Seattle supports Sound Transit's work to start construction of East Link in 2015. Included in the purchase package offered by the Port is an easement that provides access to 37 miles of the rail corridor between Woodinville and Renton for other potential high-capacity transit investments in the future.

Kinkisharyo demos ameriTRAM in Dallas

Rail| April 29, 2011
Vehicle is a 100 percent low-floor streetcar powered by e-Brid, a propulsion technology that enables operation powered by overhead catenary or on-board lithium-ion batteries.
Bus| April 29, 2011

PSTA names new CEO/Exec. Director

Board agreed on a contract with the current GM of Iowa's Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Bradford Miller. Miller will officially take the reins July 5, 2011.
Rail| April 28, 2011

ABB wins contract for world's largest tunnel project

The company will provide a ventilation system for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, which will carry trains beneath the Alps via a 35-mile route. In total, the project's network of tunnels, shafts and passages equals 94 miles.

Rail| April 28, 2011

FRA awards Caltrans $100M for Amtrak upgrades

The funds enable Caltrans to add new bi-level equipment, including 27 new railcars to accommodate a significant increase in ridership on the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner rail corridors.
Bus| April 28, 2011

SEPTA intermodal center receives $3.98M grant

The agency will use the funds to renovate the historic Wayne Junction Intermodal Facility. Will include upgrades to power, signaling and tracks, ADA accommodations, and new elevators.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Study: Midwest HSR could bring $300B in new business

Data projects that a high-speed rail system serving areas within 350 to 450 miles of Chicago could bring in $2.2 billion annually in user-generated revenues, and 104,000 new jobs.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Alstom to supply Lima trainsets

Will supply the consortium with 19 trainsets of five coaches each. The first tramset will be delivered in late 2012 and is due to be commissioned in 2013.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Federal rail safety group focuses on oversight, planning

Secretary LaHood created the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety in 2009 after a series of accidents in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco and Boston raised widespread concern regarding the safety of rail transit passengers and employees.
Rail| April 28, 2011

Denton County 'A-train' begins final testing

Vehicle and equipment testing and crew qualifying are the first phase of operations in preparation for revenue service and began in April in the southern segment between Lewisville and Carrollton. System testing of the segment north of Lewisville Lake will begin in mid-May.

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