New York Daily News » Despite no commitment from the Trump administration, the Port Authority on Thursday voted to spend another $44 million on a multibillion-dollar Hudson River tunnel project. Port officials who are backing the tunnel construction as part of Amtrak’s massive Gateway project said the money is necessary to keep the project moving, so that when federal funding materializes, there will be no delay in construction.
ENR California » Los Angeles Union Station is considering plans to add a new southern entrance/exit for Metrolink and Amtrak trains and build a new expanded passenger concourse. The estimated $2 billion-plus project would also add a new loop track to improve operational flexibility for rail service.
The Texas Tribune » The developers of a high-speed train connecting the state’s two largest urban areas announced Monday morning they want to build their Houston station at the site of Northwest Mall, about eight miles from the city’s downtown. That spot is one of three sites Texas Central Partners was considering for the Houston station. All three were at or near the mall.
Engineering News-Record » The West Seattle Link Extension, proposed for 2030, includes a new fixed bridge, while the 2035 Ballard Link Extension requires both a new downtown Seattle light rail tunnel and a movable bridge. Both extensions move light rail west of Seattle, with the West Seattle portion heading across the Duwamish River with a 4.7-mile track extension. The Ballard extension runs mostly northwest 7.1 miles and requires a 3.3-mile downtown tunnel.
WBAL-TV » Construction on the fastest train in the world could begin in two years in Maryland. A House committee got a briefing Thursday on the status of the MAGLEV from state transportation officials and project managers. The MAGLEV train traveling at 311 mph will take passengers from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., in 15 minutes.