before a Depression-era railroad power station in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gov. Edward Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter warned May 6 that
such aging relics could imperil the region's commuter rail network and its
highways, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Two critical electrical
replacement projects will take place at the BART 24th Street/Mission Station in
San Francisco in May. For both projects, equipment removal and installation
will occur primarily overnight on weekends during non-revenue hours.
Colton, Calif., city
officials say the long-awaited Colton Crossing project would bring improvements
valued around $64 million to the city, but a critical component state
transportation officials seek still hasn't been secured, the Redlands Daily
Boston area MBTA crews will
replace signal and communications cables in the Red Line tunnel May 8-9 to
repair the damage caused by last week's fire. Up until 9 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, Red Line service between Broadway and Park Street Stations will be
replaced by buses. After 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the bus replacement
service will be extended to Kendall Station from Broadway.
The North American Section
of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) is holding its Annual
General Meeting and mini conference on Monday, May 17, just before the opening
reception of the RSSI Exhibition. There is no cost for anyone interested in
attending the conference and meeting of the Section.
The Pacific Rim Railway
Company has withdrawn its notice of intent to buy the Keokuk-Hamilton railroad
bridge that is used by the Keokuk Junction Railway, the Daily Gate City
reports. The notice was filed with the Surface Transportation Board. However,
Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says Craig Burroughs of Pacific Rim Railway Company
still is interested in buying the bridge.
The stalled economy offered
Boise, Idaho, one silver lining: $915,349 in lease payments from Union Pacific
for storing its idle cars on the city's idle railroad track, the Idaho
The three members of the
U.S. Surface Transportation Board expressed disappointment with Canadian
National Railway Co. officials at last week's hearing regarding discrepancies
in the company's reporting of blocked crossings on the Elgin, Eastern &
Joliet Railroad, the Barrington, Ill., Courier Review reports. The hearing was
held after an independent audit discovered there were 1,457 incidents of
railroad crossings being blocked for 10 minutes or more by trains on the
EJ&E in November and December 2009. CN reported to the transportation board
that there were only 14 incidents.
Union Pacific will improve
part of Illinois' transportation infrastructure with a nearly $22-million
investment to its rail line that runs from Dupo to near Fults, Ill. The
projects include installing nearly 48 miles of new rail, replacing six switches
and renewing the surfaces in 89 road crossings.
Los Angeles Metro will
hold a public hearing on a draft $3.75-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11
on May 19 at Metro Headquarters next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The
public can view copies of the budget proposal at Metro.net or request a copy.
Metro directors will consider adopting the budget for the fiscal year beginning
July 1, 2010, at their May 27 meeting.