A bill introduced July 30
in the U.S. House of Representatives could help transform America's
transportation policy and investment by directing federal investment to
freight system projects that update the freight system and help reduce
freight's environmental and health impacts, according to an environmental advocay group.
The Chicago South Shore
& South Bend Railroad said that Henry Lampe, president and CEO, would
retire at the end of October 2010. Succeeding him will be Andrew Fox, managing
director of Pacific Harbor Line and former PHL president since 1997.
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.