The plan to electrify
Caltrain will achieve a major milestone pending certification of the Final
Environmental Impact Report and Project Adoption on April 1 by the Board of
Directors. Approval by the board completes the environmental process for the
Caltrain Electrification Program, a major element of the plans to modernize the
Peninsula rail system, and positions the railroad to seek federal and state
is awarding a $37-million contract to PCL Construction Services, Inc., of
Bellevue, Wash., for Phase I and Phase II of a major upgrade of its Seattle
King Street Coach Yard Maintenance Facility. The facility supports Amtrak operations
and maintenance agreements in the Pacific Northwest, including for the Empire Builder,
Coast Starlight, Amtrak Cascades, and Sounder commuter trains.
All Sounder north commuter
rail trains between Seattle and Everett, Wash., will end at Mukilteo due to a
mudslide north of Mukilteo. The Sounder north line normally serves stations in
Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett. Sounder will operate as normal from Seattle to
Edmonds and Mukilteo.
Minnesota's new Northstar Commuter Rail depend on well-maintained trains for a
fast, safe and reliable commute along the 40-mile run between downtown Minneapolis
and the northwest suburbs. The MTU Onsite Energy standby power system serves
the line's only maintenance facility, where trains are serviced, repaired and
Unless agreement can be
reached in two weeks, $131 million meant to separate railroad tracks in Colton
will go to other Southern California projects, and leave the region's two
freight railroads without a project they say is critical to moving goods out of
the region, The Press-Enterprise reports.
Lemont, Ill., officials
would like to see more commuter train service for residents this year, and
believe it is a real possibility, according to the Lemont Reporter. But a
number of things must happen first before the hope comes to fruition, including
increased signalization and additional bi-passes along the railroad line to
improve safety and ease freight congestion. There also is the construction of a
train station in Romeoville and the approval from the railway that owns the
The Alaska Railroad
Corporation Board of Directors has appointed ARRC Chief Finance Officer Bill O'Leary
to serve as acting Chief Executive Officer of the Alaska Railroad, effective
April 1, 2010. The decision came after the Board met March 25 to discuss the
way forward in terms of railroad leadership after current President and CEO Pat
Gamble asked for some transition time to prepare for his new job as University
of Alaska system president, effective June 1, 2010.
Metra, the commuter rail
service operator in northeastern Illinois, has unveiled a mobile website that
is streamlined to be compatible with iPhones, Blackberries and any other
portable web-enabled devices. The mobile site offers the most popular features
of our regular site in a format that is easy to view on a portable device.
Anyone using such a device to go to Metra's website at www.metrarail.com will
automatically be routed to the alternative mobile site, although they will have
the option of going to the regular site if they so choose.
All MAX light rail service
across the Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore., will be interrupted Sunday night,
March 28, for crews to install a new switch on the overhead power system. Work
will begin at 7 p.m. until end of service. Service is expected to resume on
Track maintenance on the
Red Line and an emergency drill at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue
and Orange Line March 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take
turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.