On Jan. 15, Illinois Gov.
Pat Quinn joined Assistant U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to
speak at "Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois." The
summit was dedicated to bringing together stakeholders in government, economic
development and private industry to improve rail infrastructure and create jobs
Coffman Specialties, Inc., of San Diego has been awarded a
$36.3-million contract to construct a rail spur and intermodal rail yard at the
Mesquite Regional Landfill, where municipal solid waste will be received for
disposal by way of California's first waste-by-rail project. The Sanitation
Districts of Los Angeles County awarded the contract to Coffman Specialties,
the lowest of eight bids received for the project that will include a rail
spur, bridge and construction of the facilities where containerized trash will
arrive by train for disposal at the regional landfill. The Mesquite Regional
Landfill is located about five miles east of Glamis, Calif.
Getting to and from the Edmonds,
Wash., waterfront-long a bottleneck for travelers and pedestrians alike-could
get somewhat easier by early next year, the Everett Daily Herald reports. That's
when Sound Transit expects to complete a $12.9-million renovation of the city's
rail station, Edmonds Station, at 210 Railroad Ave.
Nearly one year after the
Canadian National Railway purchased a suburban rail line as a freight bypass
around Chicago, fears of a massive influx of two-mile-long trains rolling
through dozens of neighborhoods haven't yet materialized, the Chicago Tribune reports.
But residents and
local officials have complained that train noise and vibrations from the CN's
more powerful, multiple locomotives are wreaking havoc on home life.
Plainfield, Ill., and
some other towns have stopped fighting the Canadian National Railway, but other
municipalities aren't ready to do that yet, the Aurora Beacon News reports. Will
County is among them.
Central Florida backers of
the SunRail commuter train may be relieved of more than $11 million in annual
debt payments that were headed their way, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The
state Department of Transportation had intended to borrow $173 million to help
pay for the $1.2 billion, 61.5-mile system linking DeLand in Volusia County
with downtown Orlando and Poinciana in Osceola County.
Kansas City Southern
Railway has Monroe, La., and northeastern Louisiana on its radar because of the
V-Vehicle Co. plant and the Franklin Farms Megasite in Richland Parish, The
News Star reports.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues, with work at Main Street, Redwood City, Jan. 18
- 21; Watkins Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 18 - 19; and Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park,
Jan. 20 - 21. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted
street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the
TranSystems said that Michael J. Sweeney, P.E., has joined the company's New
York City office as National Transit Market Sector Leader/Vice President in
support of the firm's passenger rail and transit group. Sweeney has extensive
experience working on the largest and most complex rail/transportation projects
in the United States.
planners are on a lightning-fast track, feverishly preparing to build the
85-mile, high-speed rail corridor from Milwaukee to Madison when $817.7 million
in federal stimulus funding is secured, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.