When the Department of
Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one
of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area, the New York
Times reports. Almost all of the country's freight railroads converge there.
The region handles so much cargo that only three cities outrank it: Hong Kong,
Singapore and Shanghai.
Medina City, Ohio, will
not be a railroad quiet zone, at least not any time soon, the Medina Sun
reports. At its most recent meeting, Medina City Council chose not to pursue a
quiet zone in city limits as part of the city's planned railroad improvements.
A quiet zone would eliminate the use of train horns while traveling through the
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will
allow sheep and goats to continue providing weed abatement services at Cerone
Operating Division in North San Jose, Calif.
associated with Texas Department of Transportation construction on portions of
State Highway 114 will likely delay the opening of the first two segments of
the DART Rail Orange Line, DART officials said.
The California Legislature recently
passed a bill that could generate more than 6,000 transportation jobs in Orange
County. The measure will now go to Governor Schwarzenegger for approval, the
Orange County Register reports.
Although not receiving
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) federal stimulus
funding, a project to improve The San Luis and Rio Grande Railway is not dead
in its tracks reports the Valley Courier in Alamosa, Colo. Ed Ellis, president
of the railway's parent company, Iowa Pacific, said this week he plans to look
for alternative funding sources for the project that would expand the rail's
capabilities through the Valley.
Huron Central Railway in
Canada is once again facing a deadline for an essential capital investment for
track improvements needed to keep the line operating beyond August of this year,
Sault This Week reports. Mario Brault, president of Huron Central, said from
his Montreal headquarters that if the federal and Ontario governments do not
announce funding assistance by the end of March at the very latest, the
regional short line rail company operating between the Sault and Sudbury would
be forced to shut down this August.
has been selected to provide the GCOR dispatch system for Genesee and Wyoming's
New York and Pennsylvania and Ohio Central railroads. RailComm's
state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system will
be accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.
RailComm's SaaS offering provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating
capital equipment procurement constraints. Through this SaaS delivery model,
the railroads can be remotely dispatched by G&W anywhere an Internet
connection is available. Therefore, it is possible to relocate the dispatchers
to alternative locations as required. Additionally, railroad management can log
in from an office, home or even from a hotel and directly view dispatching
activity and management reports.
Steel Dynamics, Inc., said
the company has begun commercial production of Standard Strength rails that
meet all current AREMA specifications. The Structural & Rail Division at
Columbia City, Ind., produces this rail in lengths up to 240 feet and is
capable of producing 300,000 tons of rail per year.