The Obama Administration took
the next step toward realizing its vision for high-speed rail in the United
States. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration
will begin accepting applications for $2.1 billion in grants to continue the
development of high-speed intercity passenger rail corridors.
Kansas City Southern said
that the KCS board of directors elected Michael R. Haverty, currently chairman
and chief executive officer, to the position of executive chairman and elected
current president and chief operating officer, David L. Starling, to president
and chief executive officer, both effective August 1, 2010. Haverty will continue
to concentrate on the strategic direction of the company and oversee long-term
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 met the
requirements of the Association of American Railroads' Quality Assurance
Program as specified in M-1003.
Aconex, a provider of
project collaboration solutions for the construction, infrastructure, energy
and resources industries, has been selected by the Regional Transportation
District Denver to provide its online collaboration solution to RTD's $6-billion
dollar FasTracks transit expansion program. Aconex will be used to facilitate
the information and records management needs for design, construction, testing
and start-up of the public infrastructure project.
During the recession in the
early 2000s, U.S. freight railroads slashed spending and services. When
business revived, they were roundly criticized for bottlenecks and delays, The
Wall Street Journal reports. This time around, the railroads have continued to
spend heavily, plowing more than $20 billion into capital improvements to widen
tracks and tunnels, upgrade cars and engines and enhance their technology.
Coleman Young died a
dozen years ago. If the former Detroit mayor were with us today, he surely
would be delighted with news of a billion-dollar investment in Detroit's
railroad infrastructure, the Port Huron Times Herald reports.
SEPTA General Manager
Joseph Casey joined state and local leaders and members of the community for a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wayne Station on the Thorndale Regional rail line in
Wayne, Delaware County, Pa. The ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of
the extensive two-year $22.7-million Wayne Station Improvement Project. The
project was funded as a joint federal, state and local effort to rejuvenate the
historic station, which dates to the late 1800's.
Ten states that lead the
nation in the number of highway-rail grade-crossing deaths -- Alabama,
California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and
Texas --have until Aug. 27, 2011, to complete five-year action plans that
address highway-rail grade crossing accidents, Occupational Health &
Safety's Website reported.
The three newest members
of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network
of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger
rail transportation in America.
L. B. Foster said that the
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has dissolved the
preliminary injunction issued on April 21, 2010, which had enjoined the
completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer for Portec Rail Products, Inc. Stan Hasselbusch,
L.B. Foster's chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased that
this obstacle to L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail has been