Renovations to Minnesota's
historic Union Depot in Saint Paul can now begin thanks to a signed agreement
between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ramsey County Regional
Railroad Authority for $35 million, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
TriMet's MAX Blue Line
trains have begun two weeks of testing at the new Civic Drive Station in
Gresham, Ore. The trains will briefly stop at the station, simulating revenue
service, but no passengers will be able to board or exit the train.
Canada's two largest
railways need to be monitored by a federal watchdog to keep their duopoly
powers in check, says a former rail executive who is leading the charge for
disgruntled shippers, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.
village of Mundelein, Ill., would like to reduce the noise of train horns, the
Chicago Tribune reports. Board members recently hired Lisle, Ill.-based Patrick
Engineering Inc., who will develop a plan that will look into the
establishment of what's known as a Federal Railroad Administration train
horn quiet zone.
As part of the
Patrick-Murray Administration's historic Massachusetts Works program to promote
job growth and long-term economic recovery, Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Boston Mayor Thomas
Menino Nov. 15 to break ground on the $13.5-million Yawkey Commuter Rail
Station reconstruction project, a key public transportation component of the
$450-million Fenway Center development.
A tunnel dedicated
exclusively to light rail and a network of fast ferries are recommended to link
South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula in a draft plan for expanding public
transit in Hampton Roads, the Virginian-Pilot
reports. Other ideas include
streetcars, bus rapid transit and commuter rail.
Maryland has canceled the
bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick
lines from CSX Transportation, saying its bid solicitation had failed to
generate sufficient competition for the work, The Baltimore Sun reports.
L.B. Foster Company is
extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned
subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of
Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December
15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York
City Time on November 15, 2010.
As part of the Santa Clara,
Calif., Station improvement project, work will continue on the new pedestrian
underpass. 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.
Mohave County, Ariz.,
Supervisors unanimously approved general plan amendments that allow a large-scale
proposed 1200MW solar project to go head despite opposition from railroad
officials, Havasu News reports. The vote came down after BNSF officials pleaded
with supervisors for a continuance citing safety concerns surrounding Needle Mountain
Power's Sterling Solar Generating Facility, slotted to set up shop northwest of
the Interstate 40 and State Route 95 interchange.