U. S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood said that seven projects will share $50 million to help
make the nation's rail system safer by facilitating deployment of Positive
Train Control (PTC) collision avoidance systems and other advanced
technologies. The projects will receive money through the new Railroad
Safety Technology Grant (RSTG) program.
A consortium of European
companies is vying to finance and operate Florida's high-speed rail line
between Tampa and Orlando, the Sunshine State News reports. The group, headed
by train maker Alstom SA of France, will undoubtedly face spirited competition
in its bid for the multi-billion-dollar project. But the seven-company
multinational consortium says no one can rival its combined experience and
The City of Edgerton, Kan.,
announced that BNSF had issued its notice to proceed with construction of its intermodal
facility near that city, the Gardner Edge reports. Mayor Don Robers was very
pleased with this announcement. He said, "Let the work begin. We have been
working with BNSF, the Allen Group, Johnson County, the State of Kansas and
many other groups to make sure that we would be prepared for this day."
On Saturday, November 20,
and Saturday, December 4, MetroLink in the St. Louis area will operate special
service from the beginning of service until 12:00 p.m. noon to accommodate
required maintenance of MetroLink tracks on the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi
River. Blue Line trains, which typically operate between Shrewsbury and
Fairview Heights, will instead operate from Shrewsbury to the Civic Center
MetroLink Station. Red Line trains will continue to operate on their regular
route from the Lambert Airport to Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations.
Nov. 19-20, North County transit District crews will replace railroad ties
along the COASTER track in the Del Mar, Calif., area. After the new ties are placed,
train traffic will slow for 24 hours to allow the track to settle and
stabilize. A few days later, a large truck will travel by rail to carry away
the old ties.
Rail reconstruction, made
possible by $4 million in stimulus funds, has started on the BNSF line
extending from downtown north Shawnee, Okla., to the industrial park, the Shawnee
The Wisconsin &
Southern Railroad doesn't need to wait until 2030 to experience the increasing
freight demand that industry pundits are forecasting, the Janesville, Wis.,
Gazette reports. The Milwaukee-based railroad already is running more traffic
on several of its lines and is expecting a 35-percent increase in the tonnage
it hauls on its Janesville to Monroe line by 2013.
federal judge heard arguments in a contentious railway rights case concerning
access to a paper mill in Madawaska, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports. U.S.
District Judge John Woodcock took the case under advisement. At issue was a
request by Canadian National Railway Co. for a preliminary injunction allowing
it access to the Twin Rivers Paper Co. on tracks owned by the Montreal, Maine
& Atlantic Railway while the case progresses in court.
BART riders are noticing
new and improved signs in downtown San Francisco stations, part of an ongoing
program throughout the BART system for wayfinding and signage improvements.