by the Kansas debate over cutting state services or raising taxes was a $35-million
gem that lawmakers left for BNSF, The Kansas City Star reports. As the
Legislature passed a sales tax increase to avoid deep spending cuts, it also
cut a deal that will allow BNSF to start work this year on a controversial
Johnson County freight hub that has been delayed by the recession.
The Federal Railroad
Administration has set dates and locations of public outreach meetings to
solicit input toward the development of the nation's first-ever National Rail.
The National Rail Plan will lay out a coordinated vision for future development
of our nation's freight and passenger rail networks. A final version of the
plan will be released by September 15, 2010.
promoted Gordon Strilchuk to vice president of signals & communications at
its Canadian subsidiary PNR RailWorks Inc., Canada's largest railway
contractor. Strilchuk, who leads PNR RailWorks' Signals & Communication
division, has more than 35 years of rail system signals and communications experience.
He is based in Guelph, Ontario, and reports to Jamey Craig, president of PNR
Was it an honest mistake?
Or a calculated move to minimize the effect of bringing more freight trains on
the EJ&E railroad tracks? The Daily Herald asks in an editorial. The true
answer may never be known. But we agree with those who say Canadian National
Railway, EJ&E's owner, should be held accountable for providing flawed
BART crews are installing
the final section of crossover track between Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, Calif.,
stations. This work requires that closing the tracks between these two stations
beginning 7p.m. Friday, May 28 through the end of service Monday, May 31
(Memorial Day weekend). To accommodate customers, BART
will provide a free bus bridge service between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill
(in both directions).
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.