Norfolk Southern Corp. paid
nearly $12 million to purchase the 316 acres in McCalla, Ala., where it plans
to build a $112 million railroad hub, according to county records, The Birmingham
News reports. The railroad company bought land from six different property
owners in transactions ranging in price from $72,545.40 to more than $5.8
million, the property records show.
Amtrak has been working
hard to lure more business travelers to its trains, with advertisements highlighting
its advantages over air travel - roomier seats, power outlets on its Acela trains
and fewer annoyances, the New York Times reports. And its efforts have borne
some fruit: the number of riders on its Northeast corridor trains has been
In January, in addition to
the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday weekend closure of the
Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line, Metro in Washington,
D.C., will replace fasteners, make tunnel repairs, and make repairs to a rail
switch that will help ensure reliable Metrorail service. Customers should
expect travel delays during the weekends of Jan. 8 to 10, Jan. 15 to 18, and
Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.
As construction to
replace the 80-year-old Vandeventer Bridge in St. Louis continues, work to
remove the old bridge will require a MetroLink system outage between the Grand
and Central West End MetroLink Stations from December 26 through January 3.
During this time, MetroBus shuttles will replace MetroLink light rail service between these two stations, enabling passengers to navigate around the
construction zone and continue their commutes.
Construction is complete on the Kansas City Southern rail line and
trains run through Victoria, Texas, daily, but there's still more to go,
according to the Victoria Advocate. The next step is a bypass to offset rail
traffic through major arteries. It's a work in progress and both KCS and the
Texas Department of Transportation are working toward a resolution, Victoria
County Judge Don Pozzi said.
One day after telling
City Council that light-rail construction costs will not exceed the latest
estimate of $328 million, Hampton Road Transit officials said that the price
could climb another $12 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. During a
closed-door executive committee meeting, HRT consultants revealed that the
project, which was budgeted to cost $232 million when construction started,
could rise to about $340 million, a 47 percent increase, several board members
confirmed. They added that the projection is preliminary.
After years of waiting,
Burlington, Iowa, residents were rewarded for their patience with a Christmas
gift, The Hawkeye reports. At midnight Dec. 24, the city became a train horn
quiet zone. Earlier this month, quiet
zone status was granted by the Federal Railroad Administration based on safety
modifications to downtown railroad crossings.
Construction of a new
railroad siding in the west industrial park in Washington, Mo., could begin
late next spring or early summer if the city receives final approval of state
and federal grant funds it's seeking, the Missourian reports. The city has
received the preliminary nod for more than $2 million in state economic
development grants to finance the "team track" rail siding at the end
of West Main Street, according to Dick Oldenburg, economic development director.
Union Pacific has
raised the roof on 15 of its tunnels over Donner Pass in the Sierra, allowing
double-stacked trains to cross the pass and go through Reno for the first time
on the way to Chicago, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. When the recession
ebbs, more trains could be coming through Reno and Sparks. Double-stacked
trains have been routed through the longer and more difficult Feather River
Canyon north of Reno.