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.
Two rail tunnels under
the Hudson River - one dug by NJ Transit and another by Amtrak - could be built
within 20 years to handle the growing passenger load between New Jersey and
Manhattan, transportation officials said, The Record reports.
(The Teamster Rail
Conference sent the following letter to its membership): The Teamsters Rail
Conference takes great interest in efforts by our nation's railroads to
maintain and improve the industry's workplace security and safety - as well as
workforce training and awareness - especially in light of heightened security
threats and increased use of technology. As your representatives, we care
deeply about your job, your employers' long-term security and viability, and
employer accountability across the rail industry.
The NJ TRANSIT Board of
Directors advanced the first phase of a project that will transform Perth Amboy
Station into an ADA-accessible facility, with high-level platforms and
elevators to provide access for customers with disabilities.
Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, has
been awarded a contract with train builder Talgo. The contract is to deliver
and operate a high-quality wireless broadband and live passenger information
system on all Talgo's train sets, servicing its cross border route from
Vancouver, Canada, through Seattle and Portland and Eugene, Oregon. The project
forms part of a train refurbishment program that Talgo is undertaking.
The Canadian federal
government should get on board with a high-speed rail line linking Ontario and
Quebec or risk being left in the dust by the Obama administration in the United
States, the premiers of both provinces said Wednesday, according to the Toronto
Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Transportation and URS engineering consultants held an information session
in Brookfield Town Hall June
16 to introduce four alternatives for improving the Danbury rail line. One
potential option includes extending passenger service up to New Milford, which
would include a stop in Brookfield, the Brookfield Patch reports.
representing the U.S.' rail and infrastructure technology, engineering,
security and construction sectors will convene at the Emirates Palace Hotel in
Abu Dhabi on June 20 to launch the "The U.S. Commercial Railroad &
Infrastructure Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates," led by the
U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the Association of American Railroads.
Construction for a bridge
over Lenwood Road near West Main Street in Barstow, Calif., is expected to
begin in two years and will transform the current two-lane road into a
four-lane road, the Desert Dispatch reports.
The new method to paint
the railroad bridge across Alabama's Coosa River was cheaper than the other
proposed method, but just not cheap enough, local media report. Gadsden Associate Planner Shane
Ellison said the city received only one bid for the CSX Transportation railroad
bridge coating project, and it was much higher than the grant funds the city
has for the project.