A federal investigation has
identified pervasive flaws in rail safety at Metro and severe inadequacies in
the agency responsible for oversight. Findings released March 4 call for
widespread changes in how the nation's second-busiest subway system is
supervised and managed, the Washington Post reports.
March 5, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill) joined House Transportation &
Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig for
the groundbreaking on the Englewood Flyover, which is now expected to begin
this year thanks to $133 million in new federal funding.
Engineers who design
facilities and structures live in a cycle of planning and planning again, the
BNSF electronic employee newsletter reports. But sometimes, even with the best
of planning and looking "around the corner," a surprise comes along
that requires a different approach. That's what happened with the Burlington,
Iowa, bridge project, which involves rebuilding a bridge originally built in
MTA Long Island Rail Road
customers using the busy Ronkonkoma Station now have almost 300 new parking
spots available to them thanks to completion of a railroad-funded renovation
project on the northeast side of the tracks in the Town of Brookhaven. The
rehabilitation of the former dirt lot included drainage, curbs, asphalt paving,
sidewalks, lighting, striping, signage, fencing and landscaping.
Hundreds - perhaps
thousands - of old creosote-soaked railroad ties dumped along a 30-mile stretch
of the Deschutes River may be removed in coming months thanks to persistent
cage-rattling by Eugene, Ore., businessman and clean-water enthusiast John
Brown, The Eugene Register-Guard reports.
IMPulse NC LLC promoted of
Jeffrey Wharton to president. Wharton previously served as executive vice president
and general manager for the company. He has more than 30 years of transit
construction and manufacturing experience and currently serves on the board of directors
of the American Public Transportation Association, and as Chair of the APTA Business
Member's Business Development Committee.
Work on a $2.8 million
project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place
between 8 p.m., March 8 and 4 a.m., March 9 at Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton, Calif.
A five-level parking
structure opened at Aurora, Ont., GO Station near Toronto offering customers
866 new parking spaces. Customers at this station now have access to more than
1,700 parking spots, making it easier to leave their cars behind.
The Public Utilities
Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail
Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern to install flashing lights
and roadway gates at grade crossings in Montgomery, Summit and Warren counties.
PUCO also approved an agreement authorizing CSX Transportation to install
flashing lights and roadway gates at the Taylor Road (154-092R) and Ringwood
Road (154-089H) grade crossings in Oxford Township, Butler County.
Buses will replace train
service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and
Valley Stream, N.Y., the weekend of March 6-7 as work continues on the
construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island
Channel. The shutdown of train service on this upcoming weekend was added to
the LIRR's original construction schedule because recent snowstorms have
impeded work on previous weekends. The railroad's goal is to complete the
installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.