The Union Pacific is
closing the Ridgely Tower in Springfield, Ill., one of the last manually
operated rail switching towers in Illinois, The State Journal-Register reports.
The tower, south of Sangamon Avenue and west of 16th Street, controls rail
traffic along the Union Pacific/Amtrak line between St. Louis and Chicago and
the Springfield to Peoria line of the Illinois and Midland Railroad. One of
five operators sits in the tower around-the-clock to control rail traffic using
a series of levers.
The Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Transportation Authority (AATA) board of directors took another step forward
this evening in the process of exploring the possibility of countywide public transit.
The board voted 6-1 to approve conducting contract negotiations with planning
consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to develop a transit master plan for
The Société de transport
de Montréal (STM) said that four new elevators in Henri-Bourassa station will
become operational April 26. These additional elevators will raise the
number of stations accessible to the mobility-impaired to six on the métro's
Orange line, after Montmorency, de la Concorde, Cartier, Berri-UQAM and
Lionel-Groulx. Bonaventure station is also equipped with elevators allowing
access to both train platforms from the fare collection booth, as the station
does not have an entrance building directly from the street.
Sound Transit contractors
will finish installing light rail track switch heaters April 23-25 on the main
tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. Link
trains will be delayed starting Friday, April 23 at 10 p.m. through the start
of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.
Wheaton, Ill., officials
have endorsed permanently closing one of its streets at a rail crossing as part
of a $100-million plan to add new tracks and upgrades along the Union Pacific
line, the Chicago Tribune reports. The City Council approved a resolution
calling for closing the Chase Street crossing, just south of Wheaton College.
Surface Transportation Board directed Canadian National to come before the
Board and explain the significant differences between information on
street-crossing blockages in the Chicago area that the railroad has provided to
the Board and the results of an independent audit conducted by the Board.
The Delaware River Port
Authority and PATCO have completed an extensive Alternatives Analysis study
focusing on identifying mass transit transportation needs and solutions for
Southern New Jersey. This study concluded with a recommendation for light rail
transit along the Conrail rail right-of-way from Glassboro to Camden.
Stressing that the
upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill should be "revolutionary,
not evolutionary" when it comes to federal investment in intercity passenger
rail, Amtrak testified before a Congressional field hearing in Chicago that "[t]he
need for reliable, multi-year funding is our biggest policy challenge."
CSX Transportation will
move a regional headquarters from Chicago to North Baltimore, Ohio, early next
year, according to railway officials, the Findlay, Ohio, Courier reports. Construction
is under way on a $175-million intermodal rail yard near North Baltimore. The
yard is scheduled to be completed next year, and the headquarters will be
located at the yard, according to company officials.