Patriot Rail is on board
to operate the restored Piedmont & Northern rail corridor in Gaston County,
N.C., for at least five years, according to an agreement signed last week with
the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Gaston Gazette reports. The
Boca-Raton, Fla.-based short line and regional railroad company should restore
freight service in the next 45 days on four miles of track upgraded in late
2009 between Gastonia and Ranlo. Another nine miles of the state-owned P&N
corridor from Ranlo to Mount Holly should be upgraded by spring 2011.
Deputy Managing Director
for Emergency Management MaryAnn E. Tierney and SEPTA General Manager Joseph M.
Casey said that SEPTA alerts are now offered through ReadyNotifyPA, the City of
Philadelphia's emergency text and e-mail alert system. The new alerts will
provide SEPTA riders with another avenue to receive real-time information on
delays and service interruptions. The announcement came during a press
conference on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in SEPTA's Control Center.
Metro Blue Line
passengers in the Los Angeles area will experience travel delays of up to 40
minutes for the next two weekends beginning this Friday night, August 13, due
to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro
Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus bridge service will
parallel the train route during the construction work.
Vossloh has concluded
with Trafikverket, the Swedish infrastructure authority, a framework agreement
for supplying a new type of in-sleeper actuation system for switches and
crossings over a period of 10 years, including an option for five more years.
The total contract value is above €100 million (about $128 million). Fully
integrated into the sleeper, the system chosen by Trafikverket is a customized
version of the Easyswitch actuation system previously developed by Vossloh
continues its progress on the construction of the AirportLink Metrorail
extension and will now be connecting the first section of the guideway to the
new Miami International Airport Metrorail Station. Several roads will be closed in the next week to accommodate
It may not be known how California's $43 billion high-speed rail line will be financed, but officials hosted the groundbreaking of the northern terminus of the proposed line in San Francisco.
DART staff briefed the Board of Directors during a August 10 Board meeting armed with a proposed budget for FY 2011 and a revised 20-year financial plan that keeps the Orange Line extension on track and includes an extension of the Blue Line.
ENSCO, Inc., has been
awarded the Operations, Maintenance, Instrumentation and Analysis Support
contract from the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Research and
Development. The task-order contract, composed of a one-year base period and
four one-year options, has a five-year ceiling value of more than $24 million.
ENSCO shall perform engineering and operations services to support the
development and application of advanced research and technologies for enhanced
rail safety. The contract continues ENSCO's longstanding relationship with the
FRA. The company has been a major provider of instrumentation, field-testing,
engineering analysis as well as research and development services since the