Newark Light Rail Gets Communications Upgrade

February 3, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Director Richard L. Cañas joined N.J. Transit Police officials and representatives from Newark-area emergency response agencies to announce the completion of a communication system upgrade recently installed on Newark Light Rail that enables dozens of responding agencies to communicate via a common radio channel. “Enhancing interoperable communications among and between first responders in this part of New Jersey because of its heavy reliance on the mass transportation network, like the Newark Light Rail, is a key component of our state’s homeland security strategy,” said Cañas. “We will continue to

Feds Greenlight ARC Project

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NEWARK, N.J — The Mass Transit Tunnel, centerpiece of the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project, reached a major milestone that clears the way for federal funding and will allow construction to begin this year. The release of a “Record of Decision” by the Federal Transit Administration officially completes the project’s exhaustive environmental review process. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez worked extensively to secure this approval from the FTA. The local financing share of $5.7 billion is already committed, including $3 billion from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. New Jersey is now looking

Shevell Reappointed to NJT Board

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NEWARK, N.J. — N.J. Transit announced the reappointment of Myron “Mike” Shevell to its Board of Directors. Shevell, who was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on January 13, will continue to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. “We are fortunate to have Vice Chairman Shevell’s continued service on the Board of Directors,” said Transportation Commissioner and N.J. Transit Board Chairman Stephen Dilts. “His first-hand experience in the transportation sector has been an invaluable asset to N.J. Transit and our customers.” A Long Branch resident, Shevell has been a member of the Board since 1995, serving as vice chairman

Amtrak Board Names Thomas Carper of Illinois as Chairman

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WASHINGTON – At its regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 29, Amtrak’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to name Thomas Carper of Illinois as Chairman of the Board. Carper, who has served in various Illinois state and local government positions, including Mayor of the City of Macomb, has been a director on the Amtrak board since March 2008. At the same meeting former Chairman Donna McLean was named Vice Chairman, replacing Hunter Biden, who remains as a board member. “Everything we have done as a board, we’ve done as a unified body, and this change in our hierarchy is no exception,” Carper

Mass Transit Could See More Bailout Money

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WASHINGTON — Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed an amendment to the Congress’ bailout bill they say directs $25 billion to “immediately support” nearly 700,000 American jobs through highway, mass transit and water infrastructure investments. “Construction projects across the country have been put on hold because states simply don’t have the money to move forward. It’s time to stop hitting snooze on modernizing our communities and wake up to the fact that construction projects get Americans working today,” Murray said.  “This amendment invests in tried and true projects that get laid-off workers back on the job and

UTA Adds Commuter Rail Service by Adding Train Shuttles on Weekdays

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OGDEN, Utah — The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is increasing FrontRunner service to its Pleasant View station by adding shuttle trains and buses between Ogden and Pleasant View starting Jan. 26. Patrons can connect to three Salt Lake City-bound trains from Pleasant View Station. Additionally, patrons can access four evening Pleasant View-bound trains from Salt Lake Central Station. UTA shares the five-mile track from Ogden to Pleasant View with the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). UTA opened limited FrontRunner service to Pleasant View on Sept. 27, 2008 with one morning and one evening train. At that time, UTA committed to work

Federal Transit Administration Signs Agreement to Provide $428.3 Million to Fund Mid-Jordan Extension of TRAX Light Rail System

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MIDVALE, Utah — Residents in the growing cities of Murray, Midvale, West Jordan and South Jordan will soon have more options for traveling to and from downtown Salt Lake, thanks to $428.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Acting FTA Administrator Sherry Little was joined by Utah Transit Authority (UTA) officials and local leaders this morning to sign the “full funding grant agreement” which commits the federal funds toward the project. “The Mid-Jordan extension is the latest federal down payment to support Utah’s visionary and ambitious effort to develop a world-class public transportation ‘backbone’ by 2015,” Little said. “This

CN Closes Transaction to Acquire Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway

February 1, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO — CN has completed its acquisition of the principal lines of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E). The closing follows the Jan. 23, 2009, effective date of the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Dec. 24, 2008, decision approving the transaction. CN will now begin a measured, step-by-step integration of the acquired EJ&E lines to ensure a safe, efficient combination of the two rail operations. EJ&E operates over 198 main line miles of track encircling the City of Chicago from Waukegan, Ill., on the north, to Joliet, Ill., on the west, to Gary, Ind., on the southeast, and then

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