In anticipation of a
hearing on federal rail policy, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), Chairman
of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released
a Committee staff report, The Current Financial State of the Class 1 Freight
Rail Industry, showing that the largest American freight railroad companies
have been earning record profit margins at the expense of their shipper
customers. The findings of the report suggest that the Staggers Rail Act of
1980, a 30-year-old law giving railroads the authority to charge many U.S.
businesses extraordinarily high shipping rates, needs to be reformed.
The new parking
garage at Tri-Rail's Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at
Dania Beach, Fla., is scheduled to open for use by Tri-Rail passengers on
September 21, 2010. The first covered garage on the corridor, the new facility
offers 402 parking spaces, considerably more than the 180 spaces that were
previously available at the station.
Axion International said
one of the largest railroads in North America has placed the first purchase
order under a letter of intent for the ongoing purchase of Recycled Structural
Composite (RSC) railroad ties.
Caltrain Executive Director
Mike Scanlon has called on the California High-Speed Rail Authority to refocus
the project's environmental impact report on design and construction of an
initial phase that could deliver the benefits of high-speed rail to the
Peninsula and Caltrain while significantly minimizing or eliminating any
adverse impacts on adjacent communities.
Jacobs Engineering Group
Inc. said that it received a contract from the Highways Department of the
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to provide
engineering services for the construction, testing and commissioning phase of
the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Canadian Pacific Railway
has been notified by the Canadian Signals and Communications System Council No.
11 of the I.B.E.W that the Memorandum of Settlement reached in July 2010 by
Canadian Pacific and the IBEW has now been ratified by the membership.
It's a done deal. Virginia
Beach, Va., will soon own the old rail line long coveted by some leaders as the
ideal spot for a future light-rail project,
The Virginian-Pilot reports. The
City Council on Sept. 14 voted unanimously to spend $40 million to buy a
10.6-mile corridor from railroad giant Norfolk Southern.
In response to questions
Amtrak has received regarding suspension of New Jersey Transit's Access to the
Region's Core (ARC) Tunnel Project, the following statement was issued today:
CSX Transportation is
putting in place new energy efficiency initiatives as part of its participation
in the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps, an innovative program in
which MBA student "fellows" work with leading companies to improve
The Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority is planning five weekends of Blue/Green line
closures to perform needed updates to the light rail train system. Replacement
buses will pick up and drop off riders at every station on both the Blue and
Green Lines on each of these weekends.