(The following statement
was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High
Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker
communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this
subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad
security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage
of the freight railroad workforce about security.
Alaska Railroad Corp. has
received a permit from state regulators to spray the herbicide AquaMaster (key
ingredient Glyphosate) and Agri-Dex, a substance to help spread it, along 30
miles of track between Seward and Indian, Seward City News reports. The
railroad has not used chemical weed control for the past 26 years due to
widespread public opposition and an inability to obtain the needed permits. The
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit is for two years. But
earlier this month six Alaska environmental groups and the Native Village of
Eklutna intervened to delay DEC from activating the permit. The groups are
hoping that the agency will reverse its decision altogether.
California, the top
recipient of funds from President Barack Obama's high-speed rail program,
expects to issue a tender for a bullet-train line linking Los Angeles and San
Francisco by late 2011, BusinessWeek reported.
June 18-20, Washington,
D.C., Metro will make upgrades to the track and a bridge on the Red Line to
improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at
keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up
to 30 minutes.
CSX Transportation joined
with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the National Gateway to
celebrate the arrival of five new ultra-efficient intermodal cranes at the Port
of Toledo, Ohio. The cranes are bound for the new Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal
in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Imagine boarding a train
in Queen Creek and arriving 35 minutes later at a restaurant on Tempe's Mill
Avenue, then hopping back on board for a 10-minute jaunt to Chase Stadium in downtown
Phoenix, The Arizona Republic asks.
Amtrak is using $115
million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve
tracks, buildings and control systems in Chicago this construction season, as
part of a $1-billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to
rebuild critical infrastructure.
Two rail tunnels under
the Hudson River - one dug by NJ Transit and another by Amtrak - could be built
within 20 years to handle the growing passenger load between New Jersey and
Manhattan, transportation officials said, The Record reports.
(The Teamster Rail
Conference sent the following letter to its membership): The Teamsters Rail
Conference takes great interest in efforts by our nation's railroads to
maintain and improve the industry's workplace security and safety - as well as
workforce training and awareness - especially in light of heightened security
threats and increased use of technology. As your representatives, we care
deeply about your job, your employers' long-term security and viability, and
employer accountability across the rail industry.