Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Wrap: 12/15/09

Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up is a feature looking back on transportation and planning news and opinions from the last week or so.

  • A Sunset Every Day: At least one blog is reporting, with high confidence, that Amtrak is working to increase the frequency of the New Orleans-Los Angeles Sunset Limited to 7 days a week.
  • Cheaper NEC Tickets?: New language in the DOT funding bill could mean cheaper Amtrak fares for commuter-oriented trains.
  • Downeaster going Northeaster?: Maine is hoping to get word soon that it's received stimulus money to extend the Amtrak Downeaster, which currently runs from Boston North Station to Portland, on up to Brunwick.
  • MoDot hopes for faster Trains: Like Maine, the Show Me state is hoping for stimulus funds to improve Amtrak service.
  • Chalk another one up to Measure R: Los Angeles is now planning another light rail line, this one running from near LAX to the new Expo Line via Crenshaw.
  • AirBART not up-in-the-air: Looks like a BART-OAK connector is in the works after all. The guideway will link the Coliseum BART stop with Oakland Airport in 14 minutes at an estimated cost of $12. BART recently awarded the contract for the project.

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