Secretary Ray LaHood said $727,000 would be coming for the State of New York to
continue work on its high-speed rail program with the rehabilitation of the
Buffalo-Depew railroad station. The Department of Transportation has provided
New York $1.7 million of the $151 million awarded under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for high-speed rail.
A 20-year transportation
proposal to renovate more than 500 miles of passenger rail throughout New
England is anticipated to increase speed between stations while unclogging some
of the region's congested highways, the Brattleboro, Vt., Reformer reports. The
ambitious project, running through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, is
designed to improve connection times and spark economic growth throughout the
Wiscasset Raceway can
have Oxxfest 2010. Brunswick will host its own celebration of heavy metal on August
2, the Brunswick Times Record reports. Real heavy metal. Very heavy metal.
The rehabilitation of the
Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile
rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and ending in Roxbury, N.J., is under
way and should be completed within four to five months, county officials said,
according to the Daily Record. The county Board of Freeholders in April awarded
a $5.1-million contract to the firm Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson
to rehabilitate the rail line, with the money coming from the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act, part of the economic stimulus package.
Virginia and CSX
Transportation have reached an agreement about how to proceed with federal
stimulus spending on a new high-speed rail line between Washington and Richmond,
the Washington Post reports. A framework agreement over the $75-million project
has now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
L.B. Foster Company said
that it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of
common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City
time, on August 16, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight,
New York City Time on July 30, 2010.
Vossloh has won two major
contracts worth together around 115 million euros ($115.6 million) in
connection with the construction of Libya's new rail network. On behalf of
general contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Vossloh
will equip around 1,300 km (806 miles) of the planned network with its fastening
systems and switches. Deliveries will extend from 2010 to 2012.
By the end of the last
millennium, Metro Moncton, New Brunswick, residents couldn't wait for the day -
and they were certain that it was coming soon - that the CN rail line that
bisects the downtown would be moved to the city's outskirts, the Times & Transcript
reports. Since then, nary a word.
Friday, July 30 to Monday,
Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each day, crews will relocate utilities and
continue construction on a shoofly at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The
shoofly is a temporary track for trains to use during the renovation of the