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Friday, 14 August 2009 06:44

Railway hoping to sell tracks

The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway said that it is taking steps to sell or abandon its tracks between Millinocket and Madawaska, Maine, because they are no longer profitable to maintain, according to the Bangor Daily News. The company is asking the state to consider buying the tracks and maintaining them. If that were to happen, the Maine Department of Transportation and the railway could work out a deal so the company's trains would use the rail lines without an interruption in service.


Southwest Washington's three-member congressional delegation gathered at the Port of Vancouver to celebrate the opening of a new marine terminal on the former Alcoa-Evergreen aluminum site, The Columbian reported. Alcoa this spring finished environmental cleanup of the 218-acre site, making way for the port to complete its purchase of the two properties in March for a total of $48.25 million. The port is now ready to develop the site, zoned for heavy industrial use.


The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized a major contract to permanently brace the box that encloses the MTA's No. 1 subway line. It will form the foundation of the future extension of Greenwich Street, which will bisect the World Trade Center site. The contract will ensure public access to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and represents one of the Port Authority's critical third-quarter milestones.


Concrete ties on the Old Colony commuter rail lines are wearing out far faster than they're supposed to, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority acknowledged according to the West Bridgewater Times. The lines -- Middleboro/Lakeville and Kingston/Plymouth -- have been found to have 4,000 ties that need to be replaced, said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.


Construction in downtown Minneapolis continues as crews work on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit station and the Northstar Commuter Rail station. Punchlist work continues at the commuter stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka and Coon Rapids.


Chicago Transit Authority officials August 14 dedicated the new Wellington station on the Brown Line. The station reopened to customers July 30 after a 16-month temporary closure for construction as part of the line's capacity expansion project.


Directors of Genesee and Wyoming Inc., parent company of Huron Central Railway, have agreed to a tentative deal that will keep the local railroad operating until August 14, 2010, reports. Sault Ste. Marie Mayor John Rowswell tells that he has received confirmation of the ratification.


TriMet and the city of Portland, Ore., are using $1.6 million of federal stimulus funds to repair bricks in 20 intersections on Morrison and Yamhill streets in downtown Portland. As the backbone of Portland's light rail system, the Morrison and Yamhill corridors have experienced significant wear and tear and have not had major repairs in the 25 years since the tracks went in.


The Société de transport de Montréal informed clients that, after 11 weeks of renovations aimed at extending the service life of its systems and installations, Charlevoix métro station once again opened its doors on August 17, as planned.



Thursday, 21 May 2009 05:25

CSR to bid for British emu contract

CSR Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock, China, has confirmed that it intends to bid for a contract to supply 40-120 emu vehicles for British operator London Midland. According to a notice issued in the Official Journal of the European Union last month, London Midland requires a fleet of 160km/h commuter emus formed into three or four-car trains, or a combination of both.
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