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.
The first public open house
to discuss the Springfield rail corridor study drew more than 220 people to the
Prairie Capital Convention Center April 20, the State Journal-Register reports.
City and Sangamon County officials pushed for the study after the Illinois
Department of Transportation concluded the Union Pacific/Third Street line
would be the best route for high-speed passenger trains between Chicago and St.
Louis. Local officials contend the analysis will find 10th Street is a better
alternative for consolidated train traffic, possibly also including trains that
now use 19th Street.
Money for noise mitigation
that was part of Frankfort, Ill.'s, settlement with the Canadian National
Railway will be used to buy insulated windows and doors for nearby residents,
the Chicago Tribune reports. The village has received a $2.7-million grant for
noise mitigation projects from the CN. Village officials have been meeting with
residents who live near CN's tracks to determine ways to tone down railroad
Norfolk Southern is on
track to break ground later this year for its new intermodal facility in
Greencastle, Pa., a company official told members of the Greencastle-Antrim
Chamber of Commerce, local media report.
Following a national
search, TriMet has selected Shelly Lomax as its new executive director of operations.
Lomax has served as the interim executive since January. She will have direct
responsibility for the Operations division, which includes all bus, MAX and WES
operations and maintenance, system safety and security, accessible transportation,
labor relations, facilities and planning and development. Operations has 2,100
employees and a $300-million budget.
Leaving a little earlier
in the morning or a little later in the afternoon will help ensure a punctual,
uninterrupted ride for Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers through the
middle of June. Maintenance work on the Union Pacific tracks near Sedalia is
causing Amtrak to temporarily adjust its schedules from April 25 to June 16,