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.
The Illinois Commerce
Commission approved the FY 2011-2015 Crossing Safety Improvement Program 5-Year
Plan this month. The 5-Year Plan includes nearly $200 million in assistance
from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund for safety improvements at more than 2,200
highway-rail crossings of roads and streets across the state in the next five
CSX Corporation said that
proxy materials for its 2010 Annual Shareholders Meeting are now available to
shareholders via the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission's
Notice and Access rules. These materials, including the company's proxy
statement and 2009 annual report, can be accessed on its website at
As it waits for the economy
to improve, Union Pacific's construction plans are heading in two directions,
The Arizona Republic reports. Although it has postponed plans to finish
doubling its tracks in Arizona, the company has begun a $42-million upgrade to
its existing rails.
Matt Rose's 10 years at the helm of BNSF, he'd heard plenty of investors talk about quarterly performance. A few
would even talk about the railroad's annual performance, Dan Reed writes in USA
TODAY. Then on Feb. 12, he answered a call from Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who looks for long-term return
and whose Berkshire Hathaway holding company had just closed on its $26-billion
purchase of the 77 percent of BNSF shares it didn't already own.
Union Pacific will improve
part of Kansas' transportation infrastructure with a $6-million investment to
its rail line that runs from Wichita to near Caldwell, Kan.