A North End train station
project in Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than two decades in the making officially
moved into the first phase of construction on August 24, the Niagara Gazette
Local officials gathered outside the historic U.S. Customhouse near
the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Plaza to break ground on a new Amtrak passenger
rail facility and Underground Railroad interpretive center to be built on the
Advocates for an intermodal
facility to ship agricultural products from Minot, N.D., saw their vision
realized August 23, reports the Minot Daily News. The Port of North Dakota
began unloading containers from a BNSF train that morning with plans to fill
them this week with commodities.
The Delaware River Port
Authority and PATCO have received a nearly perfect review following two days of
intense scrutiny by a Federal Transit Administration compliance reviewer. Twenty-two
areas of compliance were reviewed and the Authority received perfect scores in
21 of those areas.
Southeast Beach Drive in
Vancouver, Wash., is now officially a train horn quiet zone, city officials said, The Columbian reports. It's the first of nine crossings where
various improvements - medians, crossing gates, street closures - may be used
to hush the 24-hour call of horns.
Steve Kamau is tired of "noise
pollution" from Union Pacific trains sounding their horns as they ramble
through Manteca, Calif., often at speeds in excess of 55 mph, the Manteca Bulletin
reports. The Manteca resident has launched a signature gathering effort at the
ipetitions.com site aimed at collecting signatures to try and convince the City
Council to address the issue.
Union Pacific is
investing more than $9 million to improve the rail line from Milwaukee, Wis.,
to near Lebanon, Wis. Work on two projects covering more than a 40-mile stretch
of railroad track began August 18 and is scheduled to be completed by the end
of November. The projects include removing and installing more than 33,000
ties, replacing the surfaces at 57 grade crossings and replacing nearly 24
miles of rail.
Canadian Pacific Ltd.,
Canada's second-largest railway company, plans to announce a major
reorganization of its operations in the next two weeks, as part of its ongoing
focus to improve efficiency and customer service, according to an internal
document obtained by Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal reports.
President Barack Obama's
push for high-speed passenger trains raises concerns about crowded rails
slowing freight carriers like Union Pacific and BNSF, the Omaha World-Herald
reports. This year, the administration committed $8 billion out of the $787
billion economic stimulus package and added $2.3 billion in the fiscal 2010
budget as down payments on a high-speed rail program that could cost hundreds
of billions of dollars. The plan is to reduce America's dependence on oil,
reduce traffic on highways and eliminate harmful exhaust emissions from
millions of cars.
bridge-rebuilding project on the Union Pacific North Line between Chicago and
Kenosha, Wis., got off to a rough start August 23 as commuters got tangled in a
new train schedule complicated by crew mistakes, the Chicago Tribune reports. Delays
and confusion were common complaints as commuters crammed aboard trains, with
some riders inadvertently boarding late-running trains that didn't make
The Tri-City Regional
Port District will construct an additional 9,600 feet of track for a new rail
line at the port's southern harbor near the McKinley Bridge, as part of an
overall expansion of the port, the Belleville, Ill., News-Democrat reports.