executive director of the West Virginia Public Port Authority, is resigning and
taking a position as director of the National Maritime Enhancement Center at
Marshall University, one of four centers of its kind in the United States, The
Herald-Dispatch reports. He will be an employee of the Marshall University
Research Corporation and housed at the Rahall Transportation Institute.
Amberg Technologies has now delivered 288 GRP track-surveying systems to China,
where they are being used for precise construction of their massive high-speed
rail program. The Amberg Slab Track surveying system includes the GRP 1000
survey trolley powered by the Amberg Rail-Slab Track software application
Metra's new Union Pacific
North schedule to accommodate bridge replacement work will begin Sunday, Sept.
26. The schedule has been adjusted to address issues that arose after the
August 22 schedule change. That change was made due to a major project to
rebuild 22 aging bridges on the north side of Chicago, which will require
inbound and outbound trains to share a single track in the construction zone.
Secretary Ray LaHood said $750,000 in grants for Georgia and $250,000 in grants
for Kansas will further develop their high-speed rail programs. The Georgia
grants, from the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, come in three portions: $250,000 to develop an
interstate rail network compact with neighboring states; $250,000 for an
Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala., feasibility study; and, $250,000 for a Macon, Ga.,
to Jacksonville, Fla., feasibility study.
Local, state and federal
officials recently celebrated the launch of a $1.1-billion high-speed rail
project in Illinois, the first in the nation, reports the Alton, Ill.,
Telegraph. The contingent touted fast, safe travel, more efficient transport of
freight and reduced need for foreign oil and less pollution with the
forthcoming high-speed rail system.
In a world of functional
but mundane MBTA entrances, the portal for inbound travelers at Copley Square
is one of a kind: a filigreed framework of flowers and curlicues in cast iron,
at once classically inspired and reminiscent of the Art Nouveau kiosks that
distinguish the Metro in Paris, the Boston Globe reports.
Grade work on the
driveway of the old Southern Railway Depot in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., is
well under way. Once the exterior work is completed, restoration of the
building will begin, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports.
BNSF has created 21 new
jobs in Galesburg, Ill., this summer and will add another 49 before the end of
the year, according to one of the railroad company's senior officials, The
The jobs are signs of a recovery in the freight
business, which was hammered by the economic recession. At the height of the
recession, BNSF furloughed 187 employees in Galesburg but all of those workers
have since been recalled, said Paul Nowicki, BNSF's vice president for
A key component of CSX
Transportation's northern tier strategy will come into play in early 2011 with
the opening of the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal, The Journal of Commerce
reports. The $175-million intermodal hub near North Baltimore, Ohio, will
reduce transit times by at least a day as it routes containerized cargo from
West Coast ports around Chicago to the many distribution facilities located in
the Ohio Valley.
(The following editorial,
"It's payback time for high-speed rail in San Jose," appeared in the
San Jose, Calif., Mercury News Sept. 20, 2010.) A bill is coming due for the
California High-Speed Rail Authority -- separate from the $43 billion price tag
for the bullet trains that, if all goes as planned, will zoom between San Diego
and San Francisco. This bill is payable to San Jose.