On July 12, Superior Judge
William Morse extended until July 16 an order preventing the Alaska Railroad
from spraying weed killers on a section of track until the state's high court
can review the state-issued permit, local media report. Previously, state
regulators had given the railroad permission to spray herbicide for 30 miles
along a 90-mile stretch of track from Indian to Seward, south of Anchorage.
Gladstone, Mich., City
Commission approved plans by the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to
submit the pre-application paperwork for a Tiger II Grant, the Escanaba Daily
Press reports. A public hearing was held Monday, which brought forth various
comments and suggestions about CN's Gladstone rail yard and its plans for the
grant, if received.
Commission voted to chip in $10,000 to look into alternative routes for the
South Shore Line if the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District can
get federal grant money for the study, the News-Dispatch reports. The money
will help fund a proposed $1 million study of potential realignments of the
South Shore Line. NICTD has said the agency and Michigan City would split the
$200,000 local portion of the study funding, with the federal government
providing the rest.
In January, President
Obama announced that North Carolina was awarded $545 million in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to continue its development of high-speed
intercity rail. On July12, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that
the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina have
finalized a grant agreement for $20.3 million, the first installment of the
$545 million awarded to the state.
U.S. Senator Jeff
Bingaman, D-N.M., said that the City of Albuquerque has been awarded a $6.72-million
grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The city will use the funding
to construct a Rail Runner station on Montaño between 2nd Street and Edith
As part of BART's
system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency will begin strengthening structures
at the Concord and Daley City stations to withstand future earthquakes.
Job creation has become a
key argument for rail advocates, including Ohio Secretary of Transportation
Jolene Molitoris, who got their chance July 12 at the Dayton Rotary Club to
rebut an earlier presentation by state Sen. Jon Husted, the Dayton Daily News
(Rep. Mike Michaud,
D-Maine, wrote the following opinion for the Brunswick, Maine, Times Record.) A
report recently released by the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials analyzed our nation's freight system. The report found
that if we do not maintain, much less improve, our nation's system of moving
freight, millions of jobs and our nation's long-term economic health would be
put at risk. Unfortunately, we have a potential economic crisis brewing right
here in Maine on this very topic.
Though it was difficult,
James Cowhey did manage to contain his emotions Monday, the Intelligencer