Michael Townes, the
embattled CEO of Hampton Roads Transit in Virginia said that he would retire at
the end of September and step down as CEO and president of the agency on Jan.
31, according to the Hampton Roads Daily Press. Townes had been under mounting
pressure to step down after costs of the Norfolk light-rail project, the first
in the state was over budget by nearly $100 million.
Progress Rail Services' Galesburg,
Ill., facility is now rail served. The 11-acre facility, which primarily is
used for processed scrap metal, will now have the ability to receive railcars
for dismantling as well as ship prepared scrap by rail on BNSF, according to Recycling
Today. Progress is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.
Mayor Richard M. Daley,
Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson and Chicago Transit Authority
President Richard L. Rodriguez joined federal, state and city officials Jan. 9 at
the Fullerton rail station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the
completion of 18 station renovations as part of the CTA's $530-million Brown
Line Capacity Expansion Project.
The Federal Transit
Administration has granted the San Francisco Muni approval to enter into Final
Design for the Central Subway Project, which is Phase II of the Third Street
Light Rail Project that will connect communities from Visitacion Valley to
Chinatown with modern, convenient light rail. The Third Street Light Rail
project represents the most significant investment in the expansion of the Muni
system in generations.
Transportation Authority opened the new Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Terminal
in downtown Brooklyn, improving the experience of travel for thousands of
commuters each day in a majestic pavilion that features an artist/architect
collaboration in a soaring, light-filled atrium.
Rail Products, Inc., said that it has increased its expansion into China as the
company recently received new customer orders for its Fault Detection and
Friction Management product groups from China. Portec Rail has had a steadily‐growing
presence in China for its Friction Management
products, and has now penetrated the Chinese market with its Fault Detection product
East Bay Congressman John
Garamendi (D.Calif.) toured BART to see how a new construction project, using
$13 million in federal stimulus money, is putting thousands of people to work
and will ultimately provide more seating, more trains and improved on-time
performance for BART commuters riding between Pleasant Hill, Oakland and San
says it is ready for an exciting 2010 with major projects and new initiatives
that will benefit passengers, increase service, rebuild infrastructure, and put
America's railroad at the center of intercity and high-speed passenger rail
development and expansion.
When Hampton Roads
Transit's board meets in special session Jan. 11 to discuss the future of
embattled President Michael Townes, the members cannot immediately fire him, The
Virginian-Pilot reports. Townes' contract requires that he be given 30 days
notice of a vote to terminate his employment. That notice was given Dec. 28,
when four board members wrote him demanding that he resign or they would
introduce a resolution to dismiss him at the Jan. 28 board meeting.
Denver's Regional Transportation
District -- in the wake of a fatal commuter rail crash in Los Angeles -- is
installing $3 million in safety technology, The Denver Post reports. The Automatic
Train Stop technology, or ATS, is designed to prevent trains from going through
a red signal, the cause of the 2008 Los Angeles accident in which 25 people