A Federal Transit
Administration study estimates the cost of bringing the nation's rail and bus
transit systems into a state of good repair at $77.7 billion. In addition, a
yearly average of $14.4 billion would be required to maintain the systems.
The University of Illinois said
from Canadian National Railway Company made a new $325,000 donation to the
university's Railroad Engineering Program, a gift that renews the company's
generous commitment to railroad engineering education.
Dulles Corridor Metrorail
construction is visible all along the 11.7-mile alignment of Phase 1 of the
23-mile extension of Metro's existing Orange Line. By early fall, construction
of all five stations between East Falls Church and Reston will be under way.
Crews are building aerial bridges to carry tracks across the westbound lanes of
I-66 near the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) where the rail extension will
tie into the Orange Line. There is ongoing bridge construction at Pimmit Run and
Magarity Road. Pile driving activities will continue through September all
along the Connector Road as tracks are built at grade level in most areas.
With the Port Authority of
Allegheny County warning of deep service cuts ahead, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed
Rendell on July 21 threatened to use federal highway money to bail out mass
transit systems if lawmakers won't approve higher taxes and fees, the
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.
A railroad consultant
predicts that high-speed trains between Hampton Roads, Va., and Washington, D.C.,
would not only be popular, but also highly profitable - operating at surpluses
of up to $1 billion a year, The Virginian-Pilot reports.
CSX Transportation's plan
to expand its freight yard between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets in Worcester,
Mass., gained more momentum after the Planning Board last night endorsed a zone
change and to street layouts essential to the expansion project modifications, the
Telegram & Gazette reports. By a 4-0 vote, the board recommended changing
the zoning of roughly three acres along the CSXT railroad tracks to
Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25, the Los Angeles Metro Blue Line
Florence Station will be closed due to systems maintenance and track replacement
at the Florence Avenue crossing. Metro customers will experience up to 20
minutes delays between the Florence and Firestone stations.
For the next several weeks
BART will 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 the agency expects to complete this work in late
September. Single-tracking may result in delays of up to 15 minutes on weekend
trains going toward the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.
Kansas City Southern said
that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. estimates
that, if there are no new complications, its Nuevo Laredo gateway will be
reopened for service sometime the weekend of July24-25 with the Anahuac Bridge
repairs under way and expected to be in service by then. With the anticipated
restoration of service, all current service embargoes imposed on July 3 are
expected to be lifted early the week of July 25.
Pandrol USA has been awarded the contract
to supply captive fastenings for the concrete tie to wood tie change out on the
MBTA's Old Colony Line in the Boston area.