A tunnel dedicated
exclusively to light rail and a network of fast ferries are recommended to link
South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula in a draft plan for expanding public
transit in Hampton Roads, the Virginian-Pilot
reports. Other ideas include
streetcars, bus rapid transit and commuter rail.
Maryland has canceled the
bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick
lines from CSX Transportation, saying its bid solicitation had failed to
generate sufficient competition for the work, The Baltimore Sun reports.
L.B. Foster Company is
extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned
subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of
Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December
15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York
City Time on November 15, 2010.
As part of the Santa Clara,
Calif., Station improvement project, work will continue on the new pedestrian
underpass. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms,
allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving
safety for pedestrians in the station.
Mohave County, Ariz.,
Supervisors unanimously approved general plan amendments that allow a large-scale
proposed 1200MW solar project to go head despite opposition from railroad
officials, Havasu News reports. The vote came down after BNSF officials pleaded
with supervisors for a continuance citing safety concerns surrounding Needle Mountain
Power's Sterling Solar Generating Facility, slotted to set up shop northwest of
the Interstate 40 and State Route 95 interchange.
officials are talking safety with riders as part of National Escalator and
Elevator Safety Awareness Week. The goal is to make travel safer by reminding
customers to take some simple yet effective steps to stay out of harm's way.
For example, when using elevators, always use handrails, stand in the middle
facing forward and keep loose clothing away from edges. On elevators, don't
force doors open or closed - and if you get stuck, push the "help"
button and wait for assistance.
Hulcher Services Inc. has opened a new full-service division
in Montreal, Quebec. The new division is staffed and equipped to provide
a broad range of services for railroads and general industry. Service offerings
include railroad services, engineering work, transfer and load adjustments,
industrial services, snow removal, flood control and emergency/disaster
Nearly 200 cubic yards of
trash and more than 400 old rail ties have been removed from the track area in
and around Jamaica Station, completing one of the largest clean-up projects in
the history of MTA Long Island Rail Road. The work was carried out by LIRR
track maintenance workers over two weekends in October and November while a
state-of-the-art switch and signal control system was being installed at
Jamaica, a critical hub for the railroad.
It's been nearly two
years of legal battles over Canadian National Railway Company's purchase of the
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line, and it all comes down to this, the Aurora
Beacon-News reports. Sometime in the next four months, the U.S. Court of
Appeals is expected to rule on whether Canadian National will have to pay more
to separate grade crossings in Aurora and Lynwood, and whether the federal
Surface Transportation Board conducted a thorough study of the impacts of the
$300-million sale before approving it in 2008.
Changes to the light-rail
line pushed by Norfolk State University officials and agreed to by city leaders
will cost city taxpayers $10 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. These costs
are not new. They are included in the $338-million light-rail price tag, but
after three years of negotiations, NSU, HRT and the city are nearing an
agreement for the changes. They include moving a
passenger station farther from campus and redesigning the storage and