Unitrac Railroad Materials,
Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty
trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received a
three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The amount of manufactured trackwork that will
be provided by Unitrac under this contract is valued at approximately $7.2 million
over the next three years.
Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has received a new railway ballast tamper order from the Brazilian market, marking another step forward in the company's strategies for expanding its service and product support within emerging market economies. Terms of the order were not disclosed.
Pacific will improve part of Iowa's transportation infrastructure with a $5.5-million
investment to its rail line that runs from Missouri Valley to Onawa, Iowa. The
project includes removing and installing nearly 48,000 ties. Crews also will
spread more than 16,500 tons of rock ballast to ensure a stable roadbed and
renew the roadway surfaces at 42 crossings. The tie replacement part of the
project began April 1 and is scheduled to be completed May 1. The crossing
surface renewal projects will be completed in mid-June.
Amtrak is moving ahead
aggressively to expand and build out its existing and proven train collision
prevention safety technology-commonly known as Positive Train Control-to cover
all of the tracks it owns along the Northeast Corridor and on its Michigan Line
by the end of 2012, three years ahead of a federal deadline.
Since the 1800s railroads
have relied on a measuring stick and a trusty set of eyeballs to make sure
tracks are properly aligned, which is essential to preventing derailments. It
might be surprising, but the Chicago Transit Authority still uses that low-tech
approach on a daily basis reports Jon Hilkevitch in his column in the Chicago
WES commuter trains are now
operating more quietly in Beaverton, Ore. The Federal Railroad Administration
has approved TriMet's request to waive certain regulatory requirements relating
to WES train horns. For the SW Lombard Ave segment between SW Farmington Road
and the Beaverton Transit Center, WES trains will sound a 78-80 decibel bell at
each crossing, rather than the current 96-decibel horn.
Committee in the Maine legislature split along party lines, with Democrats
supporting an $85-million bond package over Republican objections, the Kennebec
Journal reports. Just one week after the same committee voted in a unanimous,
bipartisan way to approve a supplemental budget, the committee was unable to
agree on an acceptable level of borrowing to put before voters in June.
Successful completion of
TieTek's Chapter 11 process requires that all bids for the assets be received
by 5:00 CST on Friday, April 16, 2010, according to Robert Fowler, President of
VR Mergers & Acquisitions. VR is the Bankruptcy Court-approved broker for
TieTek, LLC and its parent companies, TieTek Technologies, Inc., and North
American Technologies Group, Inc., which recently filed voluntary petitions for
relief under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code in the United States
Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas.
national and regional experts in transportation will gather in Cincinnati to
present the latest developments in Urban and Regional Public Transportation at
the European-American Chamber of Commerce Conference on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,
in Cincinnati. The conference keynote address will be delivered by John D.
Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation.
After a closed session
personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board
of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse said that
Metrolink has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer John E. Fenton, effective
April 16, 2010. Fenton was chosen after a
national search conducted by the Board of Directors with assistance from
interim Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley. Fenton brings a broad base of
experience to the position, both in transportation services and executive