Elected officials closed of
a $100-million deal with CSX Corp. to launch commuter rail service to the South
Coast and increase service for Central Massachusetts commuters, the Telegram
and Gazette reports. The agreement, announced by the governor and other
officials, allows the state to buy more than 30 miles of track from Taunton to
the Fall River and New Bedford area, which is crucial to passenger service.
BART has completed the
Final Program Environmental Impact Report (FPEIR) for an extension between the
Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The FPEIR consists
of a "Response to Comments" (Volume 2), which publishes BART's
replies to public comments about the project together with the previously
issued Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Volume 1). Both volumes of the
FPEIR are now available.
(The following statement
was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High
Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker
communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this
subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad
security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage
of the freight railroad workforce about security.
Alaska Railroad Corp. has
received a permit from state regulators to spray the herbicide AquaMaster (key
ingredient Glyphosate) and Agri-Dex, a substance to help spread it, along 30
miles of track between Seward and Indian, Seward City News reports. The
railroad has not used chemical weed control for the past 26 years due to
widespread public opposition and an inability to obtain the needed permits. The
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit is for two years. But
earlier this month six Alaska environmental groups and the Native Village of
Eklutna intervened to delay DEC from activating the permit. The groups are
hoping that the agency will reverse its decision altogether.
California, the top
recipient of funds from President Barack Obama's high-speed rail program,
expects to issue a tender for a bullet-train line linking Los Angeles and San
Francisco by late 2011, BusinessWeek reported.
June 18-20, Washington,
D.C., Metro will make upgrades to the track and a bridge on the Red Line to
improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at
keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up
to 30 minutes.
CSX Transportation joined
with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the National Gateway to
celebrate the arrival of five new ultra-efficient intermodal cranes at the Port
of Toledo, Ohio. The cranes are bound for the new Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal
in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Imagine boarding a train
in Queen Creek and arriving 35 minutes later at a restaurant on Tempe's Mill
Avenue, then hopping back on board for a 10-minute jaunt to Chase Stadium in downtown
Phoenix, The Arizona Republic asks.
Amtrak is using $115
million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve
tracks, buildings and control systems in Chicago this construction season, as
part of a $1-billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to
rebuild critical infrastructure.