During the recession in the
early 2000s, U.S. freight railroads slashed spending and services. When
business revived, they were roundly criticized for bottlenecks and delays, The
Wall Street Journal reports. This time around, the railroads have continued to
spend heavily, plowing more than $20 billion into capital improvements to widen
tracks and tunnels, upgrade cars and engines and enhance their technology.
Coleman Young died a
dozen years ago. If the former Detroit mayor were with us today, he surely
would be delighted with news of a billion-dollar investment in Detroit's
railroad infrastructure, the Port Huron Times Herald reports.
SEPTA General Manager
Joseph Casey joined state and local leaders and members of the community for a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wayne Station on the Thorndale Regional rail line in
Wayne, Delaware County, Pa. The ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of
the extensive two-year $22.7-million Wayne Station Improvement Project. The
project was funded as a joint federal, state and local effort to rejuvenate the
historic station, which dates to the late 1800's.
Ten states that lead the
nation in the number of highway-rail grade-crossing deaths -- Alabama,
California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and
Texas --have until Aug. 27, 2011, to complete five-year action plans that
address highway-rail grade crossing accidents, Occupational Health &
Safety's Website reported.
The three newest members
of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network
of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger
rail transportation in America.
L. B. Foster said that the
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has dissolved the
preliminary injunction issued on April 21, 2010, which had enjoined the
completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer for Portec Rail Products, Inc. Stan Hasselbusch,
L.B. Foster's chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased that
this obstacle to L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail has been
BMWED National Division
President Freddie N. Simpson, who also serves as a Teamster International Vice
President, was re-elected by acclamation during the union's Quadrennial
In July, Metro will replace
rail switches at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines and
conduct major track work to maintain a state of good repair on all five of
Metro's rail lines. All of July's weekend projects will impact travel times and
cause delays. However, there will be no track maintenance during the upcoming
July 4th holiday weekend.
Pacific Harbor Line said
that M. D. "Mike" Stolzman, vice president, has been promoted to
president, succeeding Andrew C. Fox, who is promoted to managing director, a
newly created position. Otis Cliatt succeeds Stolzman.
As part of its recent
initiatives to position the Port of New York and New Jersey for future economic
growth, the Port Authority acquired additional prime waterfront property - the
98-acre Global Terminal on the Port Jersey peninsula in Jersey City and Bayonne,