Illinois is already
investing to make way for a high-speed rail system expected to spread across
the Midwest and hasten commutes between its major cities, The Christian Science
Monitor reports. The projects are in preparation for the $2.6 billion President
Obama promised the Midwest in January to modernize its transportation network
with high-speed rail. That money is part of a larger $11-billion high-speed
rail package made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
While it strongly supports
a new regulation that requires railroads to implement technology capable of
making rail movements safer, the Chlorine Institute, Inc. asked the Federal
Railroad Administration to re-issue the rule with a corrected cost-benefit
behalf of the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors, ARRC Board
Chairman John Binkley expressed congratulations to ARRC President & CEO
Patrick Gamble on his selection as the new University of Alaska president. "He
is deserving of the trust that the university regents have placed in Pat's
leadership, management and familiarity with Alaskan issues," said Binkley.
HDR has been awarded a
five-year contract for extensive on-call right-of-way services with Sound
Transit, which provides mass transit in Washington's King, Pierce and Snohomish
The Canadian federal
government and the railways must improve safety at high-risk crossings on busy
passenger train routes, according to the country's transportation accident
investigator, local media report.
workers yesterday scrambled to empty the swimming pool-sized hole that opened in
Newton, Mass., beneath MBTA tracks during the weekend rainstorm and will force
thousands of commuters to rely on buses for another week or so, the Boston
The Canadian National
Railway has made a good start communicating with towns along the EJ&E
railroad, but there's room for improvement, a federal audit concludes,
according to the Daily Herald. And, it says, municipalities that have not yet
struck deals with CN are critical of how it's handling the transition.
An agreement is near
regarding improvements around a long-sought railroad overpass in Colton,
Calif., between railroad and local officials, as the overall project's fate
heads to a state commission, The Press-Enterprise reports.
Residents who drive near
the BNSF railroad between Arlington and Marysville, Wash., will notice some
construction until March 19, the Arlington Times reports. Gus Melonas, director
of public affairs for the railway company, said that a 35-person work crew would
be replacing wood rail ties on a seven-mile stretch of track between the two
cities starting Monday, March 15.
Officials with the N.C.
Department of Transportation's Rail Division didn't exactly quell the concerns
of those who gathered at a town hall meeting in Landis, N.C., the Salisbury
Post reports. The meeting, which was an informal session held at Landis' town
hall, was for area residents to ask rail officials questions about proposed
rail corridor projects.