The Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Arup USA Inc. to conduct a feasibility study of Boston’s so-called North-South Rail Link, a proposed project to build a tunnel that would connect the city’s two main rail stations, North and South stations.
Crews are nearing substantial completion of the $20 million Boston Landing Station, which will return commuter rail service to the Boston neighborhood of Brighton after more than 50 years. “We’re into final trackwork, signals and inspections,” says Keith Craig, director of development at NB Development Group, Boston.
Part of the ongoing $639 million commuter rail line upgrade being branded as the CTrailHartford Line, a new transit center in Meriden, Conn. is nearly complete, says John Bernick, rail administrator for Connecticut Dept. of Transportation.
In an address before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced the state is seeking a new general manager for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation who can lead capital projects such as the Green Line Extension.
The first public demonstration of “the hyperloop,” a new propulsion system for high-speed transit, occurred on May 11 in the desert north of Las Vegas. Days later, a team of researchers unveiled a hyperloop test pod.
In the wake of infrastructure-related service disruptions on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail system—and a highly critical National Transportation Safety Board report on a fatal 2015 electrical-system incident—the agency plans to launch next month an intensive, system-wide rehabilitation program, aimed at restoring safety and reliability by mid 2017.
A mobile maintenance backhoe struck by an Amtrak train near Chester, Pa., on April 3 was authorized to operate on the rail tracks within a scheduled 55-hour maintenance window, according to a preliminary report of the incident by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The National Transportation Safety Board’s Oct. 8 release of documents related to its FIU bridge collapse investigation raises questions but provides no definitive conclusions about why the partially built structure suddenly crashed to the ground on March 15, 2018, killing six.