Despite hefty fines and
warnings from Canadian Pacific Railway, Mile End and Rosemont residents are
taking matters -and pliers -into their own hands as they wait for the city, the
two boroughs and the railway to decide on building a pedestrian level crossing
on the railroad tracks separating the two neighborhoods, The Gazette reports.
In conjunction with
the Concourse Improvement project, PATCO's Chestnut Street concourse and
8th/Market South entrance/exit will be closed from 7 p.m. on Saturday,
August 28, through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 30.
Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.,
an industry-leading rail infrastructure contractor, as part of the Denver
Transit Partners (DTP) team, reached financial close and received official
notice to proceed from the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) to
construct the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 commuter rail project. The DTP team
will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the Eagle P3 Project.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for August 26, 2010.
Union Pacific will enhance
rail efficiency in the eastern part of Oregon by investing approximately $16.5
million to improve its rail line that runs from Arlington to Huntington, Ore. Work
on the 200-mile stretch of railroad tracks is under way in the La Grande area
paralleling I-84. Crews of 60 to 100 are working to replace railroad ties with
an assembly line of mechanized equipment. The project includes removing and
installing new rail on curves and replacing more than 148,000 railroad ties.
Crews also will spread 62,000 tons of rock ballast.
As part of the Vision for
the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, the Patrick-Murray
Administration in Massachusetts has submitted formal application for federal
High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the design phase of the
Boston South Station Expansion Project.
Transportation Authority in New York unveiled a new on-line Dashboard that will
enable the public to track the progress of the MTA's various capital projects.
This new web tool will feature a user-friendly interactive system that will
provide information on project scopes, budgets, and schedules, all easily
accessible on the MTA's web site, www.mta.info.
TKDA was selected as part of a design-build team with George Allen Construction to complete Mobility First improvements at Amtrak's passenger stations in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The work is part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Patriot Rail is on board
to operate the restored Piedmont & Northern rail corridor in Gaston County,
N.C., for at least five years, according to an agreement signed last week with
the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Gaston Gazette reports. The
Boca-Raton, Fla.-based short line and regional railroad company should restore
freight service in the next 45 days on four miles of track upgraded in late
2009 between Gastonia and Ranlo. Another nine miles of the state-owned P&N
corridor from Ranlo to Mount Holly should be upgraded by spring 2011.