More than a century ago,
gangs of burly men would lay railroad ties at a snail's pace, driving them in
with sledgehammers, the Lansing, Mich., State Journal reports. Today, the work
proceeds more quickly with large hydraulic machines, but still not fast enough
to avoid causing headaches for motorists facing traffic backups and detours.
In 1985, a young and
energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing
a new treatment on railroad crossties, the Starkville, Miss., Daily News
reports. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment
would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.
Kansas City Southern reported
that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
(KCSM) has worked throughout the weekend on the Anahuac Bridge and re-opened
the bridge at 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. KCSM began running trains on the
re-opened line immediately.
Local residents and hotel
guests will sleep sounder now that routine horn blowing by trains passing
through downtown St. Joseph is diminished due to a joint project between the
city, the Missouri Department of Transportation and BNSF, local media report.
Work is now complete on safety improvements at several rail crossings that make
the city of St. Joseph eligible for a federal quiet zone designation.
Metro officials in the
Washington, D.C., area, worked throughout the night to mitigate the impact of
Sunday's thunderstorms to Metrorail service Monday, July 26. Sunday's storms
knocked out power to much of the region, including rail stations and rail yards.
However the effect of the storm on Monday's rail service was expected to be
At 5 a.m. on Monday, July
26, Miami-Dade Transit resumed regular service on the entire Metromover system,
including the Brickell segment of Metromover's Outer Loop. The Inner Loop and
Omni segment of the Outer Loop were reopened on Friday, July 23, 2010.
From Sunday, July 25, to
Thursday, July 29, crews are continuing a project that will improve rail
crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale. Crews will grade and
trench the site and install foundations for the improvements. They also will
make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA
project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
announced more than $500 million for critical mass transit infrastructure
improvements throughout Illinois. The funding, provided through the Illinois
Jobs Now! capital construction program, will create and retain an estimated
18,000 jobs and improve traveler safety.
Sound Transit Board completed work defining a preferred alternative for the
East Link light rail project by selecting specific configuration options for a
future route on 112th Avenue South in Bellevue, Wash.
In February, U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $100 million in American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act funds for projects to help reduce rail bottlenecks in the
Chicago region. On July 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the
Illinois Department of Transportation finalized a grant agreement for the
CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency) program to
begin work on those projects.
Secretary LaHood said freight congestion
mitigation projects include new traffic control systems, track and bridge work,
a highway-rail grade separation and safety improvements on various rail viaducts.