Metrorail customers in the
Washington, D.C., can now get real-time next train arrival information by
phone, in addition to online and via
web-enabled mobile devices.
may simply call Metro's Customer Information phone number, 202-637-7000, and
say "Next Train." They then will be prompted to say a station name or enter the
first four letters of the station name to hear when the next trains will arrive
at the selected station within a 20-minute window.
announced that Tom Westerman has joined the company as a senior bridge engineer
and project manager in support of the firm's architectural, engineering and
planning group focused on the freight railroad and municipality markets. Westerman
brings 27 years experience as a civil engineer in the transportation industry.
The Metro Gold Line
Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) in Metropolitan
Los Angeles issued the Request for Proposals for the Foothill Extension Phase
2A light rail Alignment work. The $450-million-plus design-build-finance
project will involve final design, construction and financing of 11.5-miles of
track, utilities, crossings and systems; six stations and multiple bridges; and
a 25-plus-acre light rail maintenance facility. Phase 2A will extend the Metro
Gold Line light rail line from its current terminus in East Pasadena, adding
stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.
Washington, D.C., Metro officials will
replace a track switch to improve rail system safety and conduct several
additional projects between the Takoma and Glenmont Metrorail stations, which
will necessitate the closure of five Red Line stations throughout Labor Day
Weekend, (Sept. 3-7). The track switch replacement is work that has been
recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Union Pacific will improve Kansas' transportation
infrastructure by investing more than $11.5 million to improve the rail line
from Topeka, Kan., to Herington, Kan.
Profit margins for a
short-haul rail line along the eastern edge of the county could be as high as
39 percent with the right service and marketing, according to a railroad
consultant hired by the Tulare County, Calif., Association of Governments, the
Visalia Times-Delta reports.
have narrowed their proposals for expanded Amtrak passenger rail service across
Kansas to two possible routes, according to the Kansas Reporter. Depending on
which route is chosen, if either of them is, transportation department
officials estimate the service will require either $154 million for
infrastructure and equipment costs, plus a potential $3.2-million annual
operating subsidy paid by Kansas taxpayers, or $476 million for infrastructure
and equipment, plus $8 million annually in state support.
RailWorks Corporation promoted
of Robert Rolf to vice president & general manager of the South Division of
its RailWorks Track Systems subsidiary. Rolf, formerly area manager of
RailWorks Track Services, Inc., based in Bridgeton, Mo., is a licensed,
professional engineer with more than 25 years of railroad construction and
maintenance industry experience. He has been active throughout his career in
industry associations, including the Track Functional Group (Committee #5) of
The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and
the St. Louis Railway Club.
Smiths Detection won an
additional five-year contract by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit
Authority to upgrade and maintain the company's PROTECT and FirstView
anti-terrorism detection and software systems. PROTECT and FirstView allow
transit authorities to monitor multiple chemical warfare sensors, distribute
command and control responsibilities among agencies and integrate WMATA's
hundreds of cameras into a manageable system. The upgrade will include expanded
chemical detection libraries and radiological detection capabilities.