Beginning Monday, June
21, the schedule for Amtrak trains operating between Niagara Falls,
Albany-Rensselaer and New York will be adjusted to accommodate track work and
engineering projects. The temporary schedule changes are designed to ensure
Amtrak trains continue to operate without lengthy delays.
Work to repair the
concrete exterior of the railroad bridge in downtown Fredericksburg, Va., will
begin next month, local media report. The Virginia Railway Express Operations
Board picked the lowest bidder among three competing construction firms to
perform the work.
Hillsborough County transit officials will decide in July whether to include a light rail link to Tampa International Airport in the first phase of a new transit system.
Recent reports indicate that manufacturing in the United States is ready to rebound. Factory orders in certain sectors are showing their sharpest uptick in almost five years.
Vietnamese legislators rejected a proposed bullet train over its $56 billion cost - the assembly's first rejection of a major proposal submitted by the all-powerful Communist government, the Associated Press reports.
The first tentative steps
toward building an ore haul railway to the James Bay Lowlands began this past
winter, Northern Ontario Business reports. Helicopters moved drills into place
as geologists tested frozen riverbanks north of Nakina, taking core samples to
determine where bridges can be built to haul ore from a chromite open pit in
the Far North's ‘Ring of Fire' exploration camp.
Elected officials closed of
a $100-million deal with CSX Corp. to launch commuter rail service to the South
Coast and increase service for Central Massachusetts commuters, the Telegram
and Gazette reports. The agreement, announced by the governor and other
officials, allows the state to buy more than 30 miles of track from Taunton to
the Fall River and New Bedford area, which is crucial to passenger service.
BART has completed the
Final Program Environmental Impact Report (FPEIR) for an extension between the
Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The FPEIR consists
of a "Response to Comments" (Volume 2), which publishes BART's
replies to public comments about the project together with the previously
issued Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Volume 1). Both volumes of the
FPEIR are now available.
(The following statement
was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High
Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker
communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this
subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad
security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage
of the freight railroad workforce about security.