When some of Amtrak's
taller, double-decker trains pass underneath the 1917 railroad overpass on
Courthouse Road in Fredericksburg, Va., the clearance is extremely tight, the
Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star reports The distance between the train and the
bridge can be measured in inches, said Rob Shackelford, Virginia Department of
Transportation area construction engineer.
Due to scheduled bridge
maintenance that will be performed between Morton Grove and Golf, Ill., on April
17, Metra Milwaukee District North Line train #2627 passengers will be bused
from Morton Grove to Golf. Passengers will detrain at Morton Grove and board a
bus that will bring them to waiting equipment at the Golf Station. Train #2627
is scheduled to depart Chicago at 12:25 a.m. and arrive Morton Grove at 12:55
a.m. and Golf at 12:58 a.m.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is
expanding its operations in Canada and will co-locate with Balfour Beatty
Capital, which opened its Balfour Beatty Capital-Canada office in 2009 in
Toronto. Both companies are part of Balfour Beatty plc. Parsons Brinckerhoff,
founded in New York City in 1885, is the professional services division of
Balfour Beatty. Balfour Beatty Capital, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is a developer,
sponsor and operator of public infrastructure projects.
Gary Newgard and Mary
Schofield Nowee have been named senior supervising architects in the San
Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic
consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management
The Sound Transit Board's
Capital Committee reached consensus on a recommendation to the full Sound
Transit Board to modify the East Link preferred alternative alignment. East
Link is the 14-mile light rail extension between East King County and Seattle.
Stations are planned for Rainier Avenue in Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and
Overlake in Redmond with service starting in 2020/2021.
bond issue, which must be approved by voters, isn't the best way to keep a
railroad in business, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News. But
given that the railroad owners have threatened to abandon the northern Maine line and that
lawmakers are set to end their annual session, agreeing on a bond package that
includes funds for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway is the best
readily available way to preserve the transportation link.
Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) and Canadian
Pacific reached a tentative three-year contract. The Memorandum of Settlement
will be sent to the union membership for ratification.
The city of Spokane Valley,
Wash., is using state grant money to protect a handful of drivers from their
own impatience, The Spokesman-Review reports. Too many drivers have been
weaving around railroad crossing arms after they've been lowered at Park Road
just south of Trent Avenue. The result is a dangerous situation for them and
for train crews.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail
Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern
California, according to an article in The American Surveyor. Measure Q had an
amazing 70-percent support of the two-county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District.
It wasn't a good day for
Caine Hlavaty, who was ticketed for trying to beat the crossing gates -- and an
oncoming train -- while riding his bike across the tracks in Elmhurst, the Chicago
Tribune reports. Now he was complaining he had missed his bus for work.