May 15-16, Caltrain used an
on-track truck to spray weed killer along the right-of-way. Weed abatement is
necessary to prevent brush fires on and around the train tracks. May 16-20,
crews will replace crossties, weld and resurface the tracks between the
Bayshore and San Mateo stations.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, elected officials and contractor S3 Tunnel Constructors launched the tunnel-boring machine that will dig the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway.
In June, Hennepin County,
Minn., will launch a nine-month, $200,000 study of the cost and community and
environmental impacts of adding more traffic to the St. Louis Park tracks, the
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Union Pacific Railroad
bridge spanning Coleto Creek was damaged May 15 as a result of the flooding
caused by torrential rainfall, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports.
When people got off
Illinois Central trains on South Main Street in Rockford, Ill., during the
early 20th century, they were welcomed by a handsome station, a beautiful
garden, a quaint cottage atop a limestone bluff and the sound of water
cascading over a dam in Kent Creek, according to a column by Chuck Sweeny in
the Rockford Register Star.
Seneca Group LLC has been
awarded a contract by the United States Trade and Development Agency to perform
a Definitional Mission to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to work with government
officials to develop projects in the railway sector that will generate U.S.
In a report issued at to
the Metra Board of Directors at its may 14 meeting, James G. Sotos, an attorney
hired by the Board to look into the possible financial improprieties by Metra
Executive Director Philip Pagano, said: "This investigation revealed
substantial evidence of financial irregularities and abuses carried out by a
person at the highest level of Metra who, as a result of that position, was in the
best position to perpetrate these acts. Other than Mr. Pagano, however, we did
not find evidence of any other Metra employees seeking to enrich themselves at
the public's expense. On the other hand, we believe the rigorous control of
Metra implemented by Mr. Pagano, and the magnitude of his accomplishments for
the company clearly created a culture of trust in and loyalty to Pagano, which
seriously curtailed any realistic hope that he would be held accountable for
the financial irregularities that should have been obvious to upper management
personnel around him. Ironically, and tragically, it was Mr. Pagano who paid
the ultimate price for the creation of that culture."
Eleven rail projects will
restore or expand rail service and enhance safety in 10 counties with a $12.9-million
state investment from PennDOT's Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation
Assistance Program, Governor Edward G. Rendell said.