While some feel the trains
need to blow their horns for safety purposes when traveling through a populated
area, others have grown tiresome of hearing the whistle at all times of the day
and night and have called upon the city to apply for Quiet Zone status, The
Troy Record reports.
After New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie stalled the project over cost concerns, a local lawmaker is suggesting
a $2 surcharge on commuter fares to raise funds for a new underground rail tunnel
that would traverse the Hudson River, Website njtoday.net reports.
improvements will allow Union Pacific to increase the speed of its trains in
two eastern Nebraska communities, reducing motorist wait time at
crossings. In Columbus, Neb., the
speed will increase from 50 mph to 70 mph and in Grand Island the speed will
increase from 60 mph to 70 mph.
Five years after a
federal earmark was announced for repairs to the Virginia Railway Express train
station in Fredericksburg, Va., work has begun, the Freelance Star reports. Temporary
chain-link fences and orange barrels surrounded the construction zone Sept. 20.
The first phase will run until Oct. 15. The entire rehabilitation project will
take a year.
CSX Transportation needs to
clean up its act when it comes to crumbling railroad bridges, U.S. Sen. Sherrod
Brown told the Lorain, Ohio, Morning Tribune. Citing debris falling from Lorain's
28th Street underpass, Brown wrote to CSXT Chief Executive Officer Michael
Ward. He encouraged swift action to ensure falling concrete, wood and screws
don't harm pedestrians or the drivers of cars and trucks going under the
executive director of the West Virginia Public Port Authority, is resigning and
taking a position as director of the National Maritime Enhancement Center at
Marshall University, one of four centers of its kind in the United States, The
Herald-Dispatch reports. He will be an employee of the Marshall University
Research Corporation and housed at the Rahall Transportation Institute.
Amberg Technologies has now delivered 288 GRP track-surveying systems to China,
where they are being used for precise construction of their massive high-speed
rail program. The Amberg Slab Track surveying system includes the GRP 1000
survey trolley powered by the Amberg Rail-Slab Track software application
Metra's new Union Pacific
North schedule to accommodate bridge replacement work will begin Sunday, Sept.
26. The schedule has been adjusted to address issues that arose after the
August 22 schedule change. That change was made due to a major project to
rebuild 22 aging bridges on the north side of Chicago, which will require
inbound and outbound trains to share a single track in the construction zone.
Secretary Ray LaHood said $750,000 in grants for Georgia and $250,000 in grants
for Kansas will further develop their high-speed rail programs. The Georgia
grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an
interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an
Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala., feasibility study; and, $250,000 for a Macon, Ga.,
to Jacksonville, Fla., feasibility study.
Local, state and federal
officials recently celebrated the launch of a $1.1-billion high-speed rail
project in Illinois, the first in the nation, reports the Alton, Ill.,
Telegraph. The contingent touted fast, safe travel, more efficient transport of
freight and reduced need for foreign oil and less pollution with the
forthcoming high-speed rail system.