Area Rapid Transit and the Trinity Railway Express will receive nearly $7.2
million in federal funds to help complete the construction of a five-mile
section of double-track rail line between West Irving and CentrePort/DFW
Airport stations. The funds are from the Federal Railroad Administration's 2009
appropriation for passenger rail service.
Expanding on the
momentum it built throughout 2009, OnTrackAmerica (OTA), the Philadelphia-based
non-profit transportation consultancy is expanding its staff to fully develop
its comprehensive agenda for 2010.
There will be no train
service along the Long Beach Branch Jan. 30-31 due to the installation of two
new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel.
The $24.5 million project, funded through the MTA Capital Program and Federal
Transit Administration grants, will also require the shutdown of train service
on four other weekends later this year - March 20-21, March 27-28, May 1-2 and
Washington Airports Authority marked the opening of AeroTrain, the new underground
airport train system at Washington Dulles International Airport, on Jan. 26.
CXT, Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of L.B. Foster Company, has been awarded a contract by
West Rail Construction to supply 23,000 concrete rail ties for the unloading
system at EGT's Columbia River Grain Terminal. CXT plans to start shipment of
ties from its Spokane manufacturing plant to the new Longview, Wash., riverside
facility in February.
TriMet WES Commuter Rail
line marks its first year in service on February 2. Oregon's first commuter rail
line connects the Portland suburban cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and
Wilsonville with weekday rush hour service.
The commission for the Bay
Area's transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency voted 11 to 5
to keep $70 million in Stimulus funds with the Oakland Airport Connector Project.
However, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will revisit the issue at a
special February 17 meeting.
Two large-scale projects
being pursued by Riverport Railroad, LLC, in Savanna, Ill., have the potential
to add 350 to 400 new jobs to the Carroll County area, said Jack Koster, Riverport's
president and CEO, the Freeport Journal Standard reports. The projects in
question will not only create jobs, but generate significant property tax
revenue and establish a "Rail Car Mall" serving companies across the U.S.,
Construction of a second
commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River, one of the biggest public works
projects under way in the country, could be delayed by issues about the use of
eminent domain to take property on the West Side of Manhattan, The New York
Commerce Commission has granted approval for safety improvements at five grade
crossings around the state. ICC OKed the installation of new automatic flashing
light signals and gates and roadway approach grade improvements at the N. 9th
Avenue highway-rail grade crossing of Norfolk Southern track near Litchfield,
Montgomery County The total estimated cost for the new automatic warning
devices is $280,806. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent
of the signal installation costs, not to exceed $266,766. NS will pay all remaining
installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs
related to the new automatic warning devices. All work is to be completed by Jan.