trains rumbling through a regional park don't do much for its natural beauty,
serenity and ambience, according to The Olathe, Kan., News That problem faced
Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials for years as they
contemplated the future development of the 2,000 acre Big Bull Creek Park east
Traffic patterns will
change permanently between Route 123 and the Dulles Toll Road. Major lane
shifts in Virginia are expected this fall between Tyco and Spring Hill Roads
and between Westpark Drive/Gosnell Roads and Route 123 where the
Tysons West and Tysons Central 7 Stations will be built. Service roads
along the east and westbound lanes of Route 7 will disappear.
Transportation Services, Inc., said a definitive agreement has been reached
with Rio Grande Pacific Corporation to obtain 36 miles of track from the Idaho
Northern & Pacific Railroad. A notice will be filed shortly with the
Surface Transportation Board to operate the track as the Boise Valley Railroad
(BVRR), to be headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
As the deadline to apply
for a piece of $8 billion in stimulus funding for passenger rail service
approaches, Ohio officials have cleared a major hurdle with the delivery of a
ridership study that projects annual demand for rail service at nearly half a
million Ohioans, the Dayton Business Journal reported.
A flashing railroad
crossing signal will be installed on a potentially dangerous rural intersection
south of Erskine, Minn., according to the Grand Forks, N.D., Herald. The signal at the
intersection of Polk County Road 206 and the Soo Line Railroad tracks is one of
several railroad crossing safety improvements that will be made in Polk County
over the next year.
Orland Park, Ill., is
moving forward with efforts to become a railway quiet zone, local newspapers
report. At a public works and engineering committee meeting, Robinson
Engineering recommended channeling poles be installed at railroad crossings at
159th Street and at Wolf Road. The poles are installed
at the center line near the railroad crossing to prevent cars from going around
the gates, Robinson Engineering representative Jeff Pintar explained.
The Polk Street entrance to
the Chicago Transit Authority Harrison Red Line station will close temporarily
from 11 p.m. Wednesday, September 16 until 4 p.m. Friday, September 18, while
crews relocate fare equipment. During this time, customers must use the
Harrison station entrance at 608 S. State Street to access the Red Line.
Norfolk Southern commended
its partners in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee for
their leadership in supporting the Crescent Corridor program to increase rail
freight transportation capacity and improve mobility and the environment.
L.B. Foster Company of
Pittsburgh is delivering the final shipment of rail products in September under
a $9-million contract with Skanska USA Civil Southeast for use in the
construction of The Tide Light Rail System in Norfolk, Va. Hampton Roads
Transit, the regional transportation agency, is building the new 7.4-mile
light-rail line linking the Eastern Virginia Medical Center, downtown Norfolk
and Interstate 264.