Connecticut Gov. Malloy highlights rail corridor, transportation projects in state address

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy yesterday toured the Meriden train station on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) rail corridor to highlight his vision for investing in the state’s transportation infrastructure, which he outlined in his State of the State address earlier this week.

The location of the tour is the site of an ongoing transit-oriented development (TOD) project with a primary focus on stimulating development within a half mile of the proposed Meriden Intermodal Center.

“This project will transform the 91 corridor with high-speed rail while revitalizing cities and towns between New Haven and Hartford,” Malloy said in a press release. “The citizens and business community in Meriden and its surroundings will benefit from our investments for years to come.”

In October 2011, the governor announced $5 million for local TOD projects, including $850,000 to the city of Meriden for market and environmental analyses, and other studies and surveys related to the NHHS rail line.

“The TOD project will foster economic development in the various towns and surrounding regions by supporting local projects that connect state residents to job opportunities, housing, cultural centers and more,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

The new NHHS service will be called the Hartford Line, and is expected to increase the number of roundtrip trains from six daily Amtrak shuttles to 17 trains, including existing Amtrak trains plus 11 new commuter trains. Service is scheduled to start in late 2016.

Under the project, all existing stations will be replaced and several new stations will be built.

Meridan, CT station   from Charlie Gunn
Meridan, CT station from Charlie Gunn


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Former MTA Leaders Back Push for Transit System Capital Funds

The push for billions of dollars in capital funds marked for the transit system’s future is getting support from leaders out of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s past. NY1’s Jose Martinez filed this report.

You’ve got subway cars from the 1960s that need replacing and rickety stations in need of repair. Alongside newer trains, there are signal system upgrades and expansion projects like the Second Avenue Subway.

How to pay for it all? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Capital Program, which since the early 80s has put more than $100 billion into a once-rotting transit system.

“We’ve come so far of the days of the daily transit misery, when the MTA’s motto could have been, ‘This system is being taken out of service,'” says Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign.

Nearly half of the MTA’s $32 billion Capital Program isn’t funded yet. So on Tuesday, three former MTA chiefs and the Empire State Transportation Alliance put out the call for help.

“The governor, the legislature and the mayor must do the heavy political lifting to find new revenue sources to fund a $15 billion gap,” said Elliot “Lee” Sander, who was the MTA executive director from 2007-2009.

“You are either going forward or you are going backward. And it is much more expensive to restore a system that has fallen into neglect than it is to maintain it properly,” said Peter Stangl, MTA chairman from 1991-1995.

That’s something no rider wants—but the trick is finding the funds.

Without them, the Capital Program could be scaled back—meaning, perhaps, a delay in the next phase of the Second Avenue Subway, which would extend from 96th to 125th Street.

It could also mean fewer new bus depot, like the Mother Clara Hale Depot that opened last month.

We can expect a lot of political grappling as the MTA tries to squeeze more dollars out of lawmakers.

One thing the MTA is counting on is an increase in just how much the city contributes to the Authority’s annual budget. In recent years, that figure’s been about $100 million.

The MTA would like to see it increased to about $125 million.

“You can’t argue about the benefit that the MTA provides to the city of New York. So we look forward to further discussions with the city, the state, the federal government—all the stakeholders who can be a source of the funding that we need,” says MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg.

The MTA says just to keep things as they are, alone, will take up $20 billion of its Capital Program. Leaving the authority to shake its cup, loudly, for the rest.

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CSX opens intermodal terminal near Montreal

CSX Corp. announced the opening of its new intermodal terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec.

Located in the Perron Industrial Park about 40 miles from Montreal, the $100 million facility expands the Class I’s intermodal capacity and offers Canadian customers domestic and international service that connects with the railroad’s 21,000-mile U.S. network, CSX officials said in a press release.

“Opening a terminal near Montreal creates an opportunity to build relationships with new customers on our network, expand access to new markets and improve the efficiency of the North American supply chain,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Clarence Gooden.

Designed to handle 100,000 container loads annually, the 89-acre terminal features three state-of-the-art rubber-tire gantry cranes – the first of their kind at an Eastern Canadian intermodal facility, CSX officials said. The terminal also incorporates several environmentally sustainable innovations in noise abatement and downstream waterway protection.

The facility is an important addition to the railroad’s intermodal network, which features point-to-point corridor service and a hub-and-spoke model that allows the Class I to reach small- and medium-sized markets, as well as capitalize on growing intermodal demand, CSX officials said. Trains serving the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield terminal also will connect through CSX’s Northwest Ohio intermodal hub in North Baltimore.

“CSX continues to invest in our intermodal business as a key growth driver and we look for long-term opportunities, such as increased north-south trade access outlined by the North American Free Trade Agreement,” said Gooden.

For more information on the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield terminal and CSX’s intermodal strategy, read this cover story from Progressive Railroading’s October 2014 issue.

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Oregon Beer is Going WILD

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The Facebook page of a local brewery lit up with condemnations: Loyal beer drinkers said the brewers were greedy “sellouts.” Some fans threatened to boycott the brand. One declared he would stop wearing a T-shirt promoting the beer.

What did the brewers do to provoke such a backlash? Change the hops or yeast? Abandon a favorite ale recipe? No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, which to the horror of craft-beer enthusiasts, makes Budweiser and Bud Light.

The acquisition was another example of mega-brewers trying to counter declining sales by tapping into the growth of small craft breweries. And it drew the ire of devoted customers who blasted the corporation as an enemy of the craft beer industry and “the worst guys in the game.”

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Amtrak launches Northeast Corridor website

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 has unveiled a new website dedicated to providing news and information about the Northeast Corridor. will include information about improvement projects underway and the railroad’s vision for the corridor’s future, Amtrak officials said in the “Amtrak Ink” newsletter.

Recently developed by the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Investment Development business line, the site includes historical data on NEC; highlights of more than 20 improvement projects spanning the corridor’s length from Boston to Washington, D.C.; interactive maps; ridership data; and a resource section where users can download or share reports, fact sheets and graphics about the NEC.

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