Track improvements will
start this September to allow trains to travel at much faster speeds between
Chicago and St. Louis, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. An agreement between the
Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific will allow track
upgrades to be made on a 90-mile segment of UP track to prepare it for
In the 100 days since the
voters of St. Louis County invested their trust and new financial resources in
Metro through passage of Proposition A, the agency has taken real and
meaningful steps toward keeping its pledges to all of the residents of the St.
Louis region, President and CEO Robert J. Baer said.
Amtrak is offering its
expert guidance on station development to communities in Illinois, Iowa and
Wisconsin where new state-supported Amtrak service is planned to begin in the
next three years. As a part of its Great American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting
local and state leaders in a Civic Conversation with a special focus on the
development of stations on planned Chicago routes to Dubuque, Iowa, via
Rockford, Ill.; to Iowa City via the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities; and to Madison,
Wis., via Milwaukee.
1995 when railroad veteran Michael Haverty joined Kansas City Southern Railway
as chief executive, the carrier seemed to be chugging into a long, dark tunnel
with no exit, The Kansas City Star reports. The future for the Kansas City
railroad appeared anything but bright. Mergers in the rail industry were
creating mega-carriers in the nation's western half. The giants, Burlington
Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific, were threatening to overwhelm Kansas City
Southern, the smallest of the major carriers, with its network running from the
heartland to the Gulf Coast.
On July 22, PATCO begins
the process of recycling newspapers, glass and plastic with the placement of
special trash receptacles at the Lindenwold, Ashland and Woodcrest Stations.
The special green receptacles with a recycling decal will be located mostly on
the station platforms although they will be available in other locations. The
program will be expanded to include all other PATCO stations including the four
subway stations in Philadelphia.
(The following column by
Brain Palmer was published in the Washington Post.) Americans love to complain
about the pitiable state of our once-great rail system and wonder why our
locomotives are stuck in the past. I mean, you can zip between Wuhan and
Guangzhou, China, at 220 mph. Japan's Shinkansen system tops 186 mph. The
French TGV can blaze across the countryside at more than 200 mph. Yet the Acela
train, the pride of Amtrak, hits a ho-hum 150 mph at top speed and maintains
that for only a few minutes between New York and Boston.
You get history by the
earful when you ride around Raleigh with railroaders. And a little prehistory,
too, the News & Observer reports.
The Chicago Transit
Authority has installed LED signs at 14 rail stations that provide elevator
status information. The new LED signs are located above the accessible
turnstiles at accessible rail stations and provide the most current information
on elevator outages. By providing this information at the station entrance it
allows riders who need elevator access to check on the status of the elevators
at their origin and destination station before they pay their fares.
A grade crossing renewal
project in St. James, N.Y., will affect some midday train service on the MTA
Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch from Monday, August 2, through
Friday, August 6. During the work four eastbound and four westbound midday
trains will depart and terminate from the Smithtown Station instead of the Port