On March 22, Capital
Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first
passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in
Governor Deval Patrick and
Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan appointed
Richard A. Davey as MassDOT's new Rail and Transit Administrator.
A slew of west Vancouver,
Wash., railroad construction projects appear to be on the fast-track to begin
construction this spring, The Columbian reports.
The plan to relocate a rail
switching yard in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., got a $40-million boost five
years ago, but the project hasn't even begun, the Argus Leader reports. Though
the project was scheduled to be completed 2009, the city still is working its
way through an environmental review that could take the rest of this year.
Amtrak said it is
reorganizing and establishing a new department to pursue opportunities to
develop new intercity high-speed rail service in select corridors around the
country and to plan for major improvements on the Northeast Corridor, including
determining the feasibility of increasing top speeds up to 220 mph.
Railroad's new April 11 timetable will make temporary, minor schedule changes
on all three lines to allow for track maintenance projects. On the Upper Hudson
Line, schedule adjustments will allow for installation of concrete ties until
June 2010. Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon customers in all time periods
will be affected by schedule changes requiring trains to depart earlier or
later, and in some cases, to travel up to seven minutes slower or 10 minutes
Washington, D.C.'s Metro
has a 15 mph speed restriction in place on the Red Line between the Friendship
Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations due to track work that is taking place
during the overnight hours to change out rail and rail fasteners.
restrictions were installed late the week of March 15 after an assessment
identified the immediate need to replace running rail and fasteners on both
tracks between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations.
L.B. Foster Company and
Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that they have each received a formal second
request for additional information and documentary material from the Antitrust
Division of the Department of Justice regarding the Agreement and Plan of
Merger dated February 16, 2010 pursuant to which L.B. Foster proposed to
acquire Portec through a tender offer and subsequent merger.