A summit bringing together
parties from all sides of the North Charleston commercial rail debate was
always likely to be somewhat contentious, the Charleston Regional Business
Journal reports. But an economic impact study released by a public-private
partnership could ratchet up tensions ahead of the Sept. 9 meeting of the
Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority.
Transportation Commission voted 6-2 to allocate all $20 million of this year's
state transportation improvement funding to the Oakland, Calif., Airport
Connector (OAC) project.
Virginia Beach, Va.,
city officials said that they've struck
a last-minute compromise with the state to complete a $40-million deal to buy
an old rail line for a possible light rail project, The Virginian-Pilot
reports. The city expects to close on the 10.6-mile corridor owned by Norfolk
Southern later this month.
The historic Rock Island
Lines' depot in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, should be restored as the city's train
station - if Chicago-to-Des Moines passenger railroad service is re-established
- a new report recommends, according to the Des Moines Register.
The Sacramento, Calif.,
Regional Transit District re-opened the 12th and I light rail station on
schedule on September 7, 2010. RT temporarily closed the 12th and I light rail
station in downtown Sacramento on August 2 to perform station improvements as
part of the Alkali Flat/La Valentina and 12th & I Light Rail Station
Colmar USA, Inc., said that its first Hi-Rail machine T7000 has been sold to the Toronto Transit Commission, their first North American customer. The introduction of Hi-Rail machinery in North America complements the scrap metal equipment line that has been Colmar USA's primary product since it was established in 2002.
In one of the largest
railroad engineering project in the past century, Norfolk Southern raised the
height of 28 tunnels in the Appalachian Mountains to open the Heartland
Corridor, the fastest, most-direct route for double-stacked freight from the
Port of Virginia to Chicago.
Steel on steel plus speed
equals noise. No doubt about it - sometimes a ride on BART can be noisy. If you've
ever tried to hold a conversation going through the Transbay Tube, you know it
can be difficult to hear.
The track overhaul on the
Red Line that closed the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont
Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C., area during the three-day Labor Day
weekend was completed successfully and all five stations reopened on time at 5
a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Results are in for the
Helena, Mont., Citizens Council survey on a quiet zone in the city. More than
half of the respondents described noise from trains as a "quality of life issue,"
the Independent Record reports. The majority of people who responded to a Helena
Citizens Council survey this summer supported the idea of using taxpayer money
to implement a quiet zone in the city, saying the sounds of train horns pose
quality of life issues for area residents, especially at night.