The Federal Railroad
Administration has announced proposed rules to amend the Track Safety Standards
and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards for high-speed and high-cant-deficiency
train operations to promote safer rail vehicle and track interaction.
Chicago Transit Authority Brown
Line trains will be unable to enter the Loop from approximately 7:15 a.m. until
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, due to structural maintenance work on the Wells Street
Bridge. During this time, shuttle buses will replace rail service between the
Merchandise Mart and the Clark/Lake stations. Brown Line trains will operate
normally between the Kimball and Merchandise Mart stations.
A study committee voted to
start preliminary engineering on a $95.8-million downtown Milwaukee modern
streetcar line, the Journal Sentinel reports. The Milwaukee Connector study committee voted, 3-1, to seek Federal Transit
Administration approval for the engineering work on the streetcar, which would link downtown attractions to the lower
east side with trips every 10 or 15 minutes, from early morning to late at
night, seven days a week, for $1 a ride.
Travelers heading to
Washington, D.C., will be whizzing through University City, N.C., at 90 mph
sometime in the next few years, and that is causing rail officials in Raleigh
to look at changes to protect Charlotte's drivers, residents and trains, Carolina
Weekly reports. Improvements are planned for 12 miles of the existing track
starting south of N.C. 49 near Concord and reaching all the way to Orr Road in
the University City area. The project is just one of a number of projects the
N.C. Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railway plan along a much larger section of
The federal Surface
Transportation Board today reaffirmed its jurisdiction over DesertXpress, a
planned high-speed rail line linking Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif.
Illinois lawmakers signaled
their support for a 220-mph high-speed passenger train that could someday
connect Chicago and St. Louis, The Quad-City Times reports. On May 5, the State
Senate unanimously approved a resolution creating the Illinois and Midwest
High-Speed Rail Commission, which will recommend ways to design, build and
maintain the train route. Members of the commission will be appointed by the
governor and lawmakers.
In an announcement that
Madison officials hailed as a boon for downtown, Gov. Jim Doyle said May 6 that
the "obvious, correct choice" for an Amtrak station is near Monona Terrace in
Madison, Wis., the Wisconsin State Journal reports
The main railroad between
Memphis and Nashville has been knocked out of service, as the flood damaged
five bridges along the route, the Tennessean reports. The Memphis line has been
shut down since May 2, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
and CSX Transportation, the line's owner. Workers were assessing damage, but
the flood appears to have washed out two bridges over the Harpeth River and
rendered three others unusable.
Sierra Northern Railway
Engine No. 48 rumbles slowly down the tacks toward Watsonville, Calif. A
growling, 125-ton rolling box of steel and fuel, its form or one similar has
hauled people and goods along the 32 miles of the Santa Cruz Branch Line
railroad since 1881. Beneath it, the tracks and the land at least 20 feet on
either side are owned by Union Pacific, as old and imposing a company as you'll
find in American business. And until the Cemex cement plant in Davenport closed
down in January, Cliff Walters and Wes Swift, the engineer and conductor inside
the train, had plenty of work driving loads both north and south of Santa Cruz,
their bosses at Sierra making a modest but steady profit while turning over
lease payments in cash and services to UP like clockwork.