Union Pacific is investing
nearly $9 million to improve the rail line from Ogallala, Neb., to near
Cheyenne, Wyo. Work on two projects covering more than an 85-mile stretch of
railroad track began August 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.
One section is between west of Ogallala to Julesburg, Neb., and the second
project is west of Sidney, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.
With the gray cement of San
Francisco's old Transbay Transit Terminal as a backdrop, on August 11 officials stood before
a flashy white placard with an orange "T" emblazoned on its face and
broke ground on a new transit center, the San Francisco Appeal reports. The
Transbay Transit Center, which is planned to act as the terminus station for
the nation's first high-speed rail system, has been dubbed the "Grand
Central Station of the West Coast."
County officials say the
rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending
from Wharton, N.J., and terminating in Roxbury Township, is under way and
should be completed within four to five months, the Roxbury Register reports.
Despite hefty fines and
warnings from Canadian Pacific Railway, Mile End and Rosemont residents are
taking matters -and pliers -into their own hands as they wait for the city, the
two boroughs and the railway to decide on building a pedestrian level crossing
on the railroad tracks separating the two neighborhoods, The Gazette reports.
In conjunction with
the Concourse Improvement project, PATCO's Chestnut Street concourse and
8th/Market South entrance/exit will be closed from 7 p.m. on Saturday,
August 28, through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 30.
Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.,
an industry-leading rail infrastructure contractor, as part of the Denver
Transit Partners (DTP) team, reached financial close and received official
notice to proceed from the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) to
construct the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 commuter rail project. The DTP team
will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the Eagle P3 Project.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for August 26, 2010.
Union Pacific will enhance
rail efficiency in the eastern part of Oregon by investing approximately $16.5
million to improve its rail line that runs from Arlington to Huntington, Ore. Work
on the 200-mile stretch of railroad tracks is under way in the La Grande area
paralleling I-84. Crews of 60 to 100 are working to replace railroad ties with
an assembly line of mechanized equipment. The project includes removing and
installing new rail on curves and replacing more than 148,000 railroad ties.
Crews also will spread 62,000 tons of rock ballast.
As part of the Vision for
the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, the Patrick-Murray
Administration in Massachusetts has submitted formal application for federal
High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the design phase of the
Boston South Station Expansion Project.