The Brotherhood of
Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters is set to begin national bargaining with the National Carriers'
Conference Committee in January. The BMWED will be bargaining on a coordinated
national basis as part of the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. The RLBC is
comprised of six national rail unions, representing more than 70,000 railroad
employees, including; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division -
IBT, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - IBT, Brotherhood of
Railroad Signalmen, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths,
Iron Ship Builders, Forgers, and Helpers, National Conference of Firemen &
Oilers - SEIU, Sheet Metal Workers' National Association.
The Lexington, N.C., City
Council heard an on progress to open a passenger rail stop in downtown
Lexington, which could be operational as soon as 2015, The Dispatch reported.
AirTrain JFK, which
connects travelers by rail to and from the airport, is celebrating its sixth
year in operation. Since its first year, ridership on the service has literally
doubled as airport travelers learn that it is the quickest, least expensive way
to get to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, will continue Dec. 20-23. The schedule includes Fair Oaks
Lane and Watkins Avenue, Atherton and Oak Grove and Ravenswood avenues on Menlo
Track maintenance on the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Red and Blue lines Dec. 18-20 will cause
inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should
add 30 minutes to their trips.
Metrorail customers traveling between the
Fort Totten and Silver Spring Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes
to their travel time because Metro will be making track circuit upgrades at the
Takoma Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations
the entire weekend from 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18, to closing (midnight) on Dec. 20.
The Association of American
Railroads issued the following statement by AAR President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the STB
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed
a transportation bill that will provide new funding to Tri-Rail, South
Florida's cash-trapped commuter train, and boost billion-dollar rail projects
in the Central Florida region, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The railroad tracks from
Boston to Washington - the busiest rail artery in the nation, and one that also
carries America's only high-speed train, the Acela - have been virtually shut
out of $8 billion worth of federal stimulus money set aside for high-speed rail
projects because of a strict environmental review required by the Obama
administration, according to the Boston Globe. Because such a review would take
years, states along the Northeast rail corridor are not able to pursue stimulus
money for a variety of crucial upgrades.
To advance the BART to
Silicon Valley Project parking spaces and lane closures will occur while crews
conduct work to identify utilities along Capitol Ave between Trimble Road and Montague
Expressway in Milpitas, Calif., Monday, December 21, 2009, through Thursday,
December 31, 2010, weekdays only, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding lunch from
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Utility investigation activities include quick vacuum
excavation in a one-foot x one-foot hole approximately five to six feet in
depth, extracting the material to expose and survey the utility, to confirm
utility and depth.
Some Beaumont, Texas,
residents are outraged over a construction project near downtown that is
preventing some residents from being able to park in their own driveway, local
media report. BNSF is rehabilitating the tracks along Long Avenue and residents
say the construction is causing problems for the entire neighborhood.