Joint Rail conference, which will be held in Pueblo, Colo., March 16-18, with
the theme "Shared Corridors, Shared Interests" has issued a call for papers. The
2011 JRC is jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE, IEEE, AREMA and TRB. Abstracts for
proposed technical papers are now being accepted on the conference website, http://www.asmeconferences.org/JRC2011
Lake Zurich, Ill., trustees
approved an agreement with Ciorba Group Consulting Engineers in the amount of
$126,221 for Phase I analysis for noise mitigation measures along the Elgin,
Eastern and Joliet Railroad at Monday's meeting, Pioneer Press reports.
Heavy rain swept through
Duluth, Minn., the week of August 9, taking with it part of an old concrete
culvert in West Duluth, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
That, in turn,
created a sinkhole over Kingsbury Creek that swallowed a section of the BNSF
railroad near the Willard Munger Inn.
The Connecticut Bond
Commission is expected to approve $260 million to help pay for the improvements
needed for high-speed trains running through the state and western
Massachusetts, local media report.
In an overwhelming show
of support for the Administration's high-speed rail initiative, U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Ray LaHood said that the Federal Railroad Administration has
received 77 applications from 25 states for the most recent round of High-Speed
Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grant funding. Application requests total more
than $8.5 billion and will be considered for funding from more than $2.3
billion appropriated in FY 2010.
The Maryland Transit
Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of upcoming track
maintenance. The overnight work will improve track functions between the Rogers
Avenue and State Center/Cultural Center stations and is scheduled to have
limited impact on Metro Subway service.
L.B. Foster Company said it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on August 30, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City time on August 16, 2010.
With the most significant
transit-service changes in years coming on August 30, Metro employees in St.
Louis will be at MetroBus Transfer Centers and MetroLink stations on weekdays
until then to provide customers with information on changes coming to 53
MetroBus routes. Teams of Metro employees serving as "ambassadors" will meet
with customers during the morning and afternoon rush hours with details.
CXT, Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been awarded a
contract by City of Calgary Light Rail Transit to supply 14,500 CXT Concrete
Ties and fastening systems for use in the construction of line extensions to
expand the system to the northwest and northeast of Calgary, Alberta. CXT concrete
ties began shipping for this project in June from L.B. Foster's Spokane, Wash.,
facility and will complete delivery by November 2010.
CSX Transportation has set
December as its target to complete $10 million in upgrades and improvements at
its freight yard off Day Street in West Springfield, Mass., The Republican
reports. The work, which started in July, will consist mostly of extensive paving
with an elaborate retention basin system for capturing and cleansing runoff
before discharging the water into the city's storm water system, according to
Maurice J. O'Connell, a regional vice president for CSXT.