The Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) presented its Triennial Capital Expenditures Plan outlining the
estimated C$1.9 billion in expenditures planned for 2011-2013 and their effects
on subsequent years. Such investments are needed to replace or upgrade
equipment and infrastructure that already have or will reach the end of their
service life in the next few years, including métro railcars and a number of
buses, among others.
Agreements between Huron
Central Railway and the federal and provincial governments are being finalized,
paving the way for infrastructure improvements along the rail line, the Sault
Star reports. Sault Ste. Marie CAO Joe Fratesi said Huron Central will sign
separate agreements with the federal and provincial governments that will see C$15
million from each level of government flow for the upgrades.
Fourth Street in downtown
St. Paul is reopened to traffic after crews substantially completed utility
relocation and road construction the day before Thanksgiving. In December,
crews will finish installing pavers, lights, traffic signals and pole foundations
for the overhead system of wires that will power the light-rail trains.
Work will continue on the
new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara station. The underpass will connect
the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station
at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers
at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform. The temporary
platform will be in use for approximately six months.
Area Rapid Transit (DART) has deployed the SightLogix® video intrusion
detection system to provide perimeter security and prevent vandalism at the
transit system's Northwest Rail Operations Facility (NWROF).
Light rail won't be
operational until May, yet many local residents already want it extended, The
reports. A recent survey of local attitudes found that more
than 91 percent of respondents want to see light rail go beyond Norfolk's
7.4-mile starter line.
BNSF and the State of
Illinois have reached a preliminary agreement on how to spend $45 million in
state funds to upgrade the rail network at Galesburg, Ill., to help passenger
and freight trains operate efficiently on the shared track system, The Journal
of Commerce reports.
One of Canada's oldest
industries could open new markets to Asia without the need for an expensive or
controversial pipeline to the West Coast, executives from both major railroads
said, the Calgary Herald reports.
A Mississippi man is
concerned about a railroad bridge he believes is too dangerous for trains to
cross, local television news reports. Adam Webb visits the Coldwater River
often, and is fearful of a bridge located along Highway 178 in Olive Branch,
Miss. Webb believes the bridge is going to collapse under the weight of a