The federal Surface
Transportation Board announced today that it would hold a public hearing in
Presque Isle, Maine, on July 7, 2010, to allow interested persons to comment on
the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.'s application to abandon 233
miles of line in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties.
Medina, Ohio, is upgrading
seven railroad crossings for the cost of two after Council recently approved a
deal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, local newspapers report. According
to the agreement, the utilities commission will cover the city's estimated
$400,000 share of installing crossing gates and upgrading warning signals at
five railroad crossings at South Court Street between Smith and Lafayette
roads; South Elmwood Avenue, West Smith Road between South Elmwood Avenue; and
South Huntington Street, Medina Street, and Prospect Street.
Pennsylvania granted $1 million to build a solar-power field on part of a Superfund site at the Paoli rail yard, as part of a plan for a new transportation facility, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
A train with refrigerated railcars is carrying its first load of Washington cherries to Chicago this summer, thanks to a new central Washington rail facility built to provide faster delivery of perishable products to the Midwest, the Associated Press reports.
Via Rail Canada revealed a contingency plan should a work stoppage occur next week. The plan calls for running a skeleton schedule of train services across Canada if ticketing vendors and maintenance staff go on strike.
U.S. Representative Bill
Pascrell, Jr., and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein joined
Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried and other officials today to mark the grand opening
of the newly reconstructed Upper Montclair Station building, featuring the
Upper Montclair Station Restaurant.
The Maryland Transit
Administration said that track repairs on Howard Street would require the Light
Rail line to be taken out of service between the Camden Yards and Cultural
Center stops between July 5 and July 10. During this time shuttle buses will
serve stops between Camden Yards and Cultural Center.
Beginning Monday, June
21, the schedule for Amtrak trains operating between Niagara Falls,
Albany-Rensselaer and New York will be adjusted to accommodate track work and
engineering projects. The temporary schedule changes are designed to ensure
Amtrak trains continue to operate without lengthy delays.
Work to repair the
concrete exterior of the railroad bridge in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., will
begin next month, local media report. The Virginia Railway Express Operations
Board picked the lowest bidder among three competing construction firms to
perform the work.