Union Pacific's new Joliet, Ill., Intermodal Terminal will
support customer growth by increasing the railroad's international and domestic
container capacity and improving rail traffic efficiencies in Chicago, the
nation's largest rail center. Once on line, customers from across Union
Pacific's network will benefit from Joliet's annual capacity of 500,000
ocean-going containers. Officials and customers gathered Sept. 3 to celebrate
the construction commencement of Union Pacific's nearly $370 million, 785-acre
Joliet Intermodal Terminal and CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Joliet, a
3,900-acre state-of-the-art integrated logistics center.
Chicago Transit Authority has awarded a construction management contract to
Parsons Brinckerhoff for a rail replacement and tunnel rehabilitation project
on the system's Blue Line subway, which connects the downtown business district
with O'Hare International Airport.
The Chicago Transit
Authority has made significant progress replacing track in the Blue Line's
Dearborn Subway. The $88-million project is funded by American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funds, commonly referred to as stimulus funds, and involves
the replacement of approximately seven miles-or 39,000 feet-of track from
Division on the O'Hare branch to Clinton on the Forest Park branch.
After an investment of
$408 million and a year of rapid construction, the first coal train will leave
the Signal Peak Energy Mine near Roundup, Mont., next week, carrying the first
load of low-sulfur Montana coal east to an Ohio utility, the Billings Gazette
reports. A new railroad junction near Broadview and the mine site south of
Roundup were officially dedicated Sept. 2 by top executives from BNSF;
FirstEnergy, an Ohio utility; the Boich Group of Ohio; Signal Peak Energy; and
a corral of Montana politicians, including Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Enterprises, Inc., is finalizing a deal to build a new railway crosstie plant in Chilton
County, Ala., by next year, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. The
Birmingham-based railroad maintenance company is eyeing a site in Chilton
County Industrial Park, between Clanton and Thorsby, for its newest plant, the
A rail line between two
salt plants in Watkins Glen N.Y., will be realigned with the help of a federal
grant to improve safety and boost economic development, local newspapers report.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was in Watkins Glen Sept. 2 to announce the
approval of a $349,000 Rail Line Relocation grant from the Federal Railroad
If a seaport were built on
dry land, it would look a lot like Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad's new
Memphis intermodal facility, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Giant
cranes loom over vast expanses of tracks, roads and parking, soon to be piled
high with oceangoing shipping containers.
Starting Sept. 4, at 9:30
p.m., until closing (midnight) on Sept. 7, Metro will undertake a complete
track overhaul on the Blue and Yellow lines that will close the Pentagon City,
Crystal City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations.
Customers using the Blue and Yellow lines should add 45 minutes to their travel
plans to transfer to a free shuttle bus to get past the affected work area.
An area that had emanated
objectionable odors could produce the sweet smell of commercial success along
Bill Carruth Parkway, according to the Times-Georgian in Carrolton, Ga. Paulding's
Board of Commissioners voted last week to transfer about 130 acres formerly
used as sewage treatment plant spray fields to the Paulding County Industrial
Building Authority, which will plan, design, construct and market an industrial
park. The site across from the Water System building on the parkway is served by
rail, and "rail spur projects have done well," said Blake Swafford, director of
both the IBA and Paulding County Regional Airport.