Secretary Ray LaHood commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration's transit safety bill, the
first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration,
by a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.
Drakontas LLC, a company
that develops situation awareness and wireless communications tools for first
responders, law enforcement and homeland defense, formally demonstrated
its prototype wireless emergency messaging solution for transit passengers in
subway tunnels on June 29. The 30-minute demonstration showcased the messaging
platform capability inside a passenger train at PATCO's 8th and Market Station
in Center City Philadelphia.
Even with its bridge over
the Elkhorn River washed out by floodwaters two weeks ago, Nebraska Central
Railroad trains south of the river are running almost as usual, reports the
Grand Island Independent. Even around Norfolk -- just north of the ruined
bridge -- trains are running. But the railroad can't get goods from places
south of the bridge, such as Grand Island, to Norfolk.
Canadian Pacific said that
the section of the CP main line east of Medicine Hat, Alta., that has been
closed since June 18 is now open to traffic. This follows the reopening of the
southern line between Lethbridge, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.
The temporary nighttime
lane closures of all eastbound and westbound lanes on NW 25 Street between NW
39 Avenue and NW 37 Avenue, originally scheduled to take place from June 16-July
1, have been rescheduled to take place starting July 12 through July 26. As
part of the Miami-Dade Transit's Metrorail AirportLink Project, the above closures
will be implemented in order to conduct activities necessary for the
construction of the new Metrorail extension. All lanes will be closed at 9 p.m.
each night and will reopen at 5 a.m. the following morning. Detour signs will
be posted directing motorists to the below alternate routes.
Ray LaHood has announced the appointment of Rick Inclima, director of safety
for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, to a two-year term
on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS).
The new and improved
Downtown Berkeley bike station opens July 13, with a ribbon-cutting celebration
at 11:00 a.m. plus other events and prizes throughout the day.
The Obama Administration took
the next step toward realizing its vision for high-speed rail in the United
States. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration
will begin accepting applications for $2.1 billion in grants to continue the
development of high-speed intercity passenger rail corridors.
Kansas City Southern said
that the KCS board of directors elected Michael R. Haverty, currently chairman
and chief executive officer, to the position of executive chairman and elected
current president and chief operating officer, David L. Starling, to president
and chief executive officer, both effective August 1, 2010. Haverty will continue
to concentrate on the strategic direction of the company and oversee long-term
Unitrac Railroad Materials,
Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty
trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has met the
requirements of the Association of American Railroads' Quality Assurance
Program as specified in M-1003.