The New Orleans Regional
Transit Authority has selected HDR to complete an environment assessment and
preliminary engineering for extensions of the New Orleans streetcar network
into the Central Business District and neighborhoods surrounding the French
Quarter. HDR previously did the alternatives analysis identifying streetcar
investments for these areas, and the related conceptual engineering.
The Executive Committee
of the American Wood Protection Association gave final approval on January 26
for listing of ACZA-treated railroad ties in the AWPA Book of Standards.
Ammoniacal Copper Zinc Arsenate (ACZA) has been listed in AWPA standards since
1983 as an accepted wood preservative, but it was not listed for protection of
ties. Recent pressures on creosote-treated ties led Arch Wood Protection, Inc.,
licensor of the Chemonite brand of ACZA-treated wood, to submit test data to
AWPA membership for tie applications.
technologies and green design will make the Northwest Ohio Terminal Facility, a
new freight transit hub under construction in North Baltimore, Ohio, one of the
most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced freight terminals in
The construction of a new
transit center in downtown San Francisco received a financial boost from a
$171-million federal loan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The
new Transbay Transit Center will connect the Bay Area to the rest of
California, making daily commutes and longer trips easier, faster and more
Union Pacific is investing
nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona. Projects under way in the first quarter
2010 include track renewal work in the Phoenix and Mesa areas, railroad tie
replacement in Union Pacific's Phoenix and Tucson rail yards and railroad tie
replacement on Union Pacific's main line between Casa Grande and Yuma.
Beginning the weekend of Jan.
29-Feb 1 and running for nine consecutive weekends, MTA NYC Transit 7 Line trains
will operate between Main Street-Flushing and Queensboro Plaza only. There will
be no 7 train service between Grand Central in Manhattan and Long Island City.
Fare-free shuttle buses will be available.
As a part of its Great
American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fifth Civic Conversation in
San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger
rail stations with a focus on communities along the routes of the Texas Eagle, Sunset
Limited and Heartland Flyer. The two-day workshop, January 27-28, includes
information on design and planning guidelines and a how-to session on getting
started on a station renewal project and the types of state and federal grants
available for station improvements.
As part of BART's system-wide
Earthquake Safety Program, the agency has been strengthening structures at the
Daly City, Calif., station to withstand future earthquakes. Starting early
February 2010, construction crews will start work inside the station. As a result,
BART will close two fare gates at the south end of the station, which may
result in delays during the peak morning and evening commute hours as riders
pass through the remaining fare gates.
distributor, Rhine Group BV, has won a major contract to protect the main rail
infrastructure in the Netherlands from metal theft, using forensic marking
product SelectaDNA. Rhine Group has been awarded the contract by Dutch rail
company ProRail BV to combat trackside metal theft. The increased risk of
stealing, transporting and handling SelectaDNA-marked copper and other metals
is expected to deter thieves and have a significant impact on the number of
RailComm has been selected
to provide a shove track detection and indication system to complement its
existing yard control system at CSX Transportation's Erwin Terminal in
Tennessee. The system will provide remote indication of the shove track status,
allowing the train operator to know when his/her train has reached the detected
limits of the shove zone. The shove track system will interface to the existing
DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) System and will provide field
indications and an indication of the shove track status on the DOC®
System graphical user interface.