A $10-billion unfunded
mandate regarding "positive train control" -- wherein trains will
need to be outfitted with GPS technology that'll detect when trains are near
each other -- may hamper the railroad industry as a whole, but as far as
Canadian National's plans for Northwest Indiana go, it's full steam ahead, the Gary
Caltrain is soliciting
public comment on the annual update of its Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal
Year 2009 & 2010 - Fiscal Year 2018). The plan includes the 10-year
operating and capital plan and financial projections used to qualify for state
and federal funds.
With a catchy new name and
wads of cash, the LSTAR has left the station, the San Antonio Express-News
reports. The Lone Star Rail District said that it's moving closer to a goal of
connecting San Antonio to Austin and beyond with a commuter rail line.
Individuals who ride
public transportation can save on average $9,190 annually based on the November
9, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking
rate. Over the last year, an individual riding public transportation would have
saved an additional $255 due to the 41-cent increase of gasoline per gallon
since November 2008.
The Whitefish River
clean-up work in Montana is on schedule, but Environmental Protection Agency
officials say it will take several years to finish the project, local media
report. The EPA ordered the railroad to clean about two miles of the Whitefish
River. The diesel and bunker oil fuel contamination appears to come from the BNSF
season track improvements, new West of Hudson schedules went into effect on
Sunday, November 8, 2009. On the Port Jervis Line: With the completion of work
on the interlocking at Harriman, travel times have been reduced by one minute
on westbound trips from Harriman to Port Jervis.
Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Corporation have agreed to a seven-year extension of an existing
contract for railroad crossties and various other products and services. The
agreement extends the existing contract, which runs through December 31, 2010,
for an additional seven years through December 31, 2017. Revenues from BNSF
under this contract amounted to approximately $57 million in 2008.
At a ceremony in Oshawa,
Ontario, Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa; Oshawa Mayor John Gray,
and Mr. Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail's National Sales Director, announced VIA's
plans for a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates
that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related
improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of
Canada. Of the project's total cost, $3 million will come from the government's
Economic Action Plan.
CSX Transportation has
placed RailComm's DOC® Yard Automation System into production at
their Selkirk facility in New York. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller server-based
control system provides wireless remote control from the yard tower to 48 GETS
HydraSwitchTM machine locations. The DOC® System features eNtrance
and eXit routing and stacked route planning capability, providing the tower
operator with complete control of all routes within the yard.
Plymouth, Wis., officials
say that the city is now recruiting at least three startup manufacturers
capable of creating hundreds of jobs thanks to a planned project to restore
freight rail service from Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls, the Sheboygan Press
reports. The companies, which city officials declined to name citing
confidentiality agreements, include one manufacturer that could employ up to
500 people and two others that could create 150 jobs combined - and officials
said more are expected to follow.