BNSF Powder River Division
employees celebrated the Orin Line's 30-year anniversary in honor of the first
unit-coal train that traveled the 116-mile rail line across the Wyoming prairie
on Nov. 6, 1979, according to the company newsletter.
Mayor Paul Winfield
returned to Vicksburg, Miss., from a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., where
he visited local delegates in a continued effort to wrest from federal sources
nearly $4 million to get the stalled Washington Street bridge replacement under
way, according to the Vicksburg Post.
The city of Lincoln,
Neb., is moving closer to closing J Street railroad crossings in the South Salt
Creek Neighborhood at Second and Third streets, the Lincoln Journal Star
reports. Closing the crossings would please Burlington Northern Santa Fe, with
which the city is negotiating to buy a railyard near the Haymarket for a new arena, if voters approve building one in the spring.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues in Atherton and Menlo Park. Work will take place
Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 - 10 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. at Fair Oaks Lane
and Watkins Avenue in Atherton and Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues in Menlo
Park. Work also will be done from 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Broadway crossing in Burlingame.
APTA called on Congress to invest at least $15 billion in
public transportation citing it's recently completed survey of public transit
systems nationwide, which identified more than $15 billion in public
transportation capital projects that can be started in 90 days. It is estimated
that this investment in public transportation would support and create more
than 450,000 jobs. The vast majority of public transit systems also identified
additional needs beyond $15 billion for federal assistance to avoid employee
layoffs and service cuts.
According to APTA, research has shown that new jobs in
public transportation provide jobs to American workers in industries, which
have been hit hardest by the economic downturn, particularly construction and
Meanwhile, Mr. Oberstar (D., Minn.) called for a second
stimulus bill to provide at least $69 billion for highway and transit projects.
About $48 billion was secured for highway, transit and rail projects in this
year's economic stimulus package. According to a report in the Wall Street
Journal, Mr. Oberstar said stimulus spending on transportation has directly
sustained 21,000 jobs and supported an additional 130,000 indirectly.