Riders on the Long Island Rail Road will find out Monday if they indeed have access to normal weekday service levels, following a fire last week affecting an antiquatedswitching machine near Jamaica Station in Queens, N.Y., that hampered service on 10 of the LIRR's 11 routes.
LIRR had been running three-quarters of its usual morning service since last Monday, when a pair of track cables short-circuited near Hall Tower, setting fire to a 1920s-era lever-and-pulley machine that controlled track switches at Jamaica Station. The railroad ran about two-thirds of its normal afternoon service while repairs took place.
The switching machine is scheduled to be replaced with a modern computerized system by late October. Transit officials said they believed the equipment upgrades would go on as scheduled, although the $56 million project is already behind schedule and over budget. Service disruptions are likely to occur again on the weekends when the railroad carries out the upgrade.
As for Monday, “we’re anticipating a normal rush hour, a.m. and p.m.,” said LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone.
In a statement, LIRR President Helena Williams said, “I appreciate the challenges our customers faced during the past week and I thank them for their patience during what has been a difficult time.
“I would alsolike to thank the hundreds of railroad employees who worked around the clock to put the damaged signal and switch system back together while keeping service going and assisting our customers throughout the week. Once again, they demonstrated their dedication and commitment to our customers,” Williams said.
Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor Clearance Improvement Project has been awarded the 2010 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence. The $190 million project, which improves capacity, clearances, and travel times for freight rail traffic between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., was named during the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.
This is the 12th year the award was presented.
Norfolk Southern Friday began running test trains on its upgraded Heartland Corridor between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., with hopes of beginning scheduled service on the improved route September 9.
The Seattle-area Sound
Transit Board of Directors authorized the award of the construction contract
for the Sounder D-to-M Streets Track and Signal project to low-bidder
MidMountain Contractors, Inc. The project will build a new commuter rail line
from East D to South M Streets in Tacoma.
High-Speed Rail in Southern California," a new report released August 27 by the
Center for Urban Infrastructure, showcases the benefits of a fast, convenient,
and efficient intercity high-speed rail system on southern California's
MTA Long Island Rail Road
continues to advise customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays
during Friday's morning and evening rush hours August 27 as repair work and
testing continues as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica
Station caused by a cable fire on the morning of August 23.
Railroad officials have
imposed slower speeds on Amtrak trains traveling through portions of western
Kansas because of deteriorating track conditions, The Hutchinson News reports. The
slowdown, which could become permanent, has added about 45 minutes to the run
from La Junta, Colo., to Hutchinson, Kan. Without a significant influx of
spending on the line, the miles of slowdown are expected to increase with time.
Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, is
to support Alstom's contract with Angel & Southeastern in the United
Kingdom, in conjunction with Nexala, to supply a remote condition based
monitoring system, on Southeastern's Networkers. The contract has been awarded
for the design, supply and installation of the system for the Alstom Class 465/2,
465/9 and Class 466 fleets, totalling 93 units.
Last week's flooding at
the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to
pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit,
zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was
under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water
backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.