Sonoma-Marin Area Rail
Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern
California, according to an article in The American Surveyor. Measure Q had an
amazing 70-percent support of the two-county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District.
It wasn't a good day for
Caine Hlavaty, who was ticketed for trying to beat the crossing gates -- and an
oncoming train -- while riding his bike across the tracks in Elmhurst, the Chicago
Tribune reports. Now he was complaining he had missed his bus for work.
collapsed around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Road Station on the Blue Line of
the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The track was not damaged,
but pedestrians cannot board there. The station was shut down immediately, and
the Blue Line ceased operation. On Saturday and Sunday, RTA operated shuttle
buses on the Blue Line, from Shaker Square to the end of the line at the
Warrensville-Van Aken Station.
Work to reconstruct the
pavement and track at the Villa Terrace crossing in San Mateo will begin April
16. The crossing will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, until 6:00
a.m. Tuesday, April 20.
The Section of
Environmental Analysis at the Surface Transportation Board issued a draft
environmental assessment on the proposed abandonment of 233 miles of rail line
in the northern Maine counties of Aroostook and Penobscot. The draft review
found that the abandonment of this line could divert onto Maine's highways as
many as an additional 73,344 truck trips per year, consuming an additional 3.3
million gallons of fuel per year.
two-stage borate treatment has been used for years to help increase the life of
a crosstie. Stella-Jones recently developed a new single-stage treatment process
that allows for less handling of the crossties and reduced costs.
The formidable Cooper
Tunnel on the Norfolk Southern main line in Mercer County, W. Va., is now open
for larger loads, opening another key impediment to the railway's ambitious
Heartland Corridor project, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports.
The Orange County, Calif.,
Transportation Authority has received $357 million from the state for freeway
and rail projects, the Orange County Local News Network reported. The
California Transportation Commission sold bonds last month to free up the money
A deal is imminent for a
$90-million rail and trucking facility at Charlotte/Douglas International
Airport that could bring the region $7 billion in business over the next two
decades, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
The federal government
could be the last to invest in plans to save 241 miles of northern Maine rail
lines, but it won't be the first, the Bangor Daily News reports. Joseph C.
Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, told representatives
of 22 northern Maine manufacturers during a meeting April 8 that they must form
a public-private partnership with the state and contribute money or other aid
to acquire federal funding to save the rail lines.