L.B. Foster Company and
Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that both companies have entered into a timing
agreement with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice pursuant to
which L.B. Foster and Portec Rail have agreed, subject to certain conditions,
that they will not consummate L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail before
July 16, 2010, without the Antitrust Division's consent.
The new bnsf.com will be
officially unveiled on Monday, May 17. The new design is the result of months
of work and lays the foundation for continued improvement. Content, photos and
graphics on the existing site have been reviewed and updated. New features,
such as a virtual train tour, were added. An updated "Communities"
section offers information about BNSF's role as a good neighbor and as a
steward in protecting the environment.
Stretching nearly four
miles from east to west, the rail hub near North Baltimore will be largest CSX Transportation
site for the shuffling of rail containers, the Sun Sentinel reports. Wood and
Henry County officials took a tour of the sprawling site sitting on 500 acres
running on the north side of Ohio 18, just outside North Baltimore.
A $250-million Amtrak
project to revive passenger service on Florida's historic east coast rail line
is building steam, along with hopes it can revitalize station destinations such
as Daytona Beach, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The project could re-establish
passenger trains on the 350-mile route between Jacksonville and Miami,
originally forged by Henry Flagler in the 1890s but discontinued in 1968 as the
interstate highway system became the prominent transportation mode.
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes May 14-16 due
to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro
Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus service will parallel the
train route during the construction work.
The Board of Trustees of
the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority meets at 9 a.m. on May 18, at
RTA's main office.
On May 13, Florida Governor
Charlie Crist marked the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to approve
Florida's high-speed rail. The FRA, for the first time in the country's
history, issued a final Record of Decision for a major high-speed rail project,
the Orlando-Tampa segment of Florida's high-speed rail program.
RailPros, Inc., recently
opened a Downtown San Diego office to better serve San Diego area clients. The
office is headed by Mike Ruth, P.E., and Joe Aroyo, P.E., who are managing
projects for SANDAG, CCDC, NCTD and other major San Diego clients.
Construction will begin
soon on what can best be described as "bridges" over Tysons. One will
begin in May on the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and cross over Route 123
to the northwest side of southbound Route 123. Another will cross I-495.
Another will be built in the median of Route 7 from just west of Route 123 and
into the median of the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road.
Members of a governor's
task force created to stop the abandonment of 233 miles of northern Maine
freight tracks expressed optimism in a meeting Wednesday about the chances of
keeping trains running on the tracks, the Bangor Daily News reports. Officials
said at the four-hour meeting that 20 private entities have expressed interest
in operating the railroad, but little else new was revealed, as the bulk of the
session took place in executive session.