Joint Rail Conference
2011 is a multidisciplinary North American railroad conference encompassing all
aspects of rail transportation and engineering research. The conference is a
cooperative effort of the six co-sponsoring organizations and will be held March
16-18, 2011 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.
Amtrak has begun work to
improve Union Station in Chicago and relieve some Amtrak passenger overcrowding
by nearly doubling the seating in its general passenger lounges, increasing the
number of public rest rooms and by providing air conditioning in the Great Hall
for the first time since the early 1960s. The $40-million project is expected
to be completed by the end of 2012.
Steel Dynamics, Inc., said
that Standard Strength rail produced at its Columbia City, Ind., mill has been
tested and approved by four U.S.-based Class 1 railroads and by Amtrak (the
National Railroad Passenger Corporation). The Class 1 railroads include BNSF,
CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and the Union Pacific.
U.S. Senator Robert
Menendez (D-NJ), Commissioner James Simpson, New Jersey Department of
Transportation, Richard Larrabee, director of port commerce, Port of New York
and New Jersey, Clarence W. Gooden, executive vice president of sales and
marketing and chief commercial officer, CSX Transportation will be among the New
Jersey, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and CSXT officials who will
celebrate the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway, a major
public-private project that paves the way for growth by providing improved
access to the Port of New York and New Jersey. This engineering milestone will
expedite freight traffic between inland markets and the Port by increasing
train capacity and improving service levels.
Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray
said $320,000 in technical assistance grants is coming to 15 communities across
Southeastern Massachusetts to help them plan for the growth associated with the
South Coast Rail project, local media report. The funding announcement, the
third round of these grants, comes about a year after the state released the
South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, which
estimated that commuter rail could generate about $500 million in new economic
As Pennsylvania lawmakers
debate requiring that natural gas drillers compensate communities for any
damages to local roads, bridges and water supplies through a state severance
tax on their production, they are also proposing that state tax dollars be used
to develop infrastructure projects to support the industry, the Scranton times
At a special board
meeting, the Metrolink Board of Directors authorized its CEO, John E. Fenton,
to complete the final terms and conditions to award a $120-million contract to
Parsons Transportation Group to manage and integrate Positive Train Control technology
on Metrolink's 512-mile system.
As part of Massachusetts Patrick-Murray
Administration's proven commitment to transportation reform and focus on
customer service, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray said real-time train location
and arrival information is now available for the MBTA's Orange, Red, and Blue
Lines. Following the successful release of real-time information for all 187
MBTA bus routes, this program expands the Administration's award-winning open
data initiative to hundreds of thousands of daily subway riders.
On October 4, the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is making significant improvements
to light rail service since its inception nearly 23 years ago. VTA will operate
a new non-stop, faster express light rail service now featuring free WiFi. With
the debut of the VTA Commuter Express, customers will enjoy faster and more
frequent light rail service with six newly added, peak-hour commute trips from
south San Jose, Calif. through downtown to North San Jose.
Scott R. Bamford, P.E., and
Don Jacobs have recently joined Geocomp Corporation, a geo-engineering services
firm headquartered in Boxborough, Mass.