Beginning February 20 BART
will need to run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a single track
due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa Crossover
Project. Single-tracking will take place on weekends only and BART expects to end
this work in mid-May. Single-tracking trains may result in slight delays of up
to 10 to 15 minutes on weekend trains going toward Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.
Track maintenance on the
Orange Line in the Washington, D.C., area Feb. 19-2 will cause inbound and
outbound trains to take turns sharing one track.
Association of American Railroads President and CEO
Edward R. Hamberger said that freight railroads are at a critical point in
their history as the industry is facing new challenges from over-burdensome
federal regulatory mandates that could seriously undercut the industry's
ability to aid in U.S. economic recovery
A New Jersey construction
company could begin restoring the long-dormant railroad extension in Calverton,
N.Y., as early as mid-March, with the possibility of work being completed by
summer's end, officials said. Freight trains could start heading into the
Enterprise Park at Calverton, or EPCAL, soon after the job wraps up, said town
community development director Chris Kempner, the Riverhead, N.Y., News-Review
CSX Corp. is set to begin
discussions with officials in Worcester, Westboro, East Brookfield and West
Springfield, Mass., about plans to shift more freight operations out of Boston
to freight yards in those communities, the Worcester Times reports. The changes
come as part of a plan to expand commuter rail service on the Boston to
Worcester line and to raise bridges between Route 128 and New York to make room
for double-stacked freight trains.
An often-contentious plan
to separate railroad tracks in Colton, Calif., is among 51 projects nationwide
set to receive millions in federal stimulus funds, although local officials
never identified it as a top regional priority, The Press-Enterprise reports.
New America THINKS survey
results from HNTB Corporation illustrate transit and passenger rail remain top
of mind after the Obama administration's $8-billion high-speed rail grant
announcement last month.
New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie's proposal to cut NJ Transit's subsidies comes just as the Atlantic
City Rail Line is planning to expand, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Transit
officials have proposed building a new station in Egg Harbor Township, near
Galloway Township's Pomona section - a station that could turn into a major
work transit hub for the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes
Technical Center and future businesses such as the Next Generation Aviation
Research and Technical Park. This comes as lines across the state already have
seen numerous service cuts - including a popular early morning Atlantic
City-to-Philadelphia run that was canceled less than a month ago.
The $100-million federal
grant awarded to the Chicago region Feb. 17 to unclog rail congestion will
benefit Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads and Chicago Fire soccer aficionados along
with freight haulers, motorists and rail passengers, the Chicago Tribune
reports. That's because $20 million of that money will go toward building a
rail/highway underpass on 71st Street, west of Harlem Avenue and across from
Bridgeview's Toyota Park, a 28,000-seat sports and music venue.
Two train systems meant to
usher in a new era of transportation in Metro Orlando, Fla., are slated to run
along separate tracks that will intersect west of Orlando International
Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But, as it stands, there is no planned
connection where passengers from the $1.2-billion SunRail commuter train could
transfer to the $2.6-billion high-speed train or vice versa. How is that