The three members of the
U.S. Surface Transportation Board expressed disappointment with Canadian
National Railway Co. officials at last week's hearing regarding discrepancies
in the company's reporting of blocked crossings on the Elgin, Eastern &
Joliet Railroad, the Barrington, Ill., Courier Review reports. The hearing was
held after an independent audit discovered there were 1,457 incidents of
railroad crossings being blocked for 10 minutes or more by trains on the
EJ&E in November and December 2009. CN reported to the transportation board
that there were only 14 incidents.
Union Pacific will improve
part of Illinois' transportation infrastructure with a nearly $22-million
investment to its rail line that runs from Dupo to near Fults, Ill. The
projects include installing nearly 48 miles of new rail, replacing six switches
and renewing the surfaces in 89 road crossings.
Los Angeles Metro will
hold a public hearing on a draft $3.75-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11
on May 19 at Metro Headquarters next to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The
public can view copies of the budget proposal at Metro.net or request a copy.
Metro directors will consider adopting the budget for the fiscal year beginning
July 1, 2010, at their May 27 meeting.
A First Hill Streetcar
route on Broadway was unanimously approved May 3 by the Seattle City Council,
The Seattle Times reports. The $130-million line is to open in 2013, connecting
the International District/Chinatown light-rail station to the train station on
Capitol Hill scheduled to open in 2016. A short loop will pass King Street
Station and Pioneer Square.
Invensys Rail has been
awarded a 48-million-pound (approximately $72.6-million) contract by Network
Rail for the Paisley Corridor project in Scotland, the latest in a series of
recent wins for the company in the UK.
Prover Technology, a
world leader in signaling design automation, has received an order for
delivering a Prover iLock solution for development and checking of interlocking
systems from Canadian Pacific. The Prover iLock solution will automate code
generation, formal safety verification and functional testing of interlocking
system software for platforms Microlok(R) II, ElectroLogIXS and VHLC. The order
includes licensing of a PiSPEC specification library for AREMA-based signaling
principles, which will be used together with the Prover iLock solution for CP.
investments in America's
freight rail system would create thousands of green jobs, improve the country's
infrastructure, reduce dependence on foreign oil and lower carbon emissions,
according to a new report released today by the BlueGreen Alliance and the
Economic Policy Institute.
As part of the Patrick-Murray
Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to support economic development by
strengthening public transit and rail service, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan to announce the groundbreaking
of the $17.4-million Haverhill Commuter Rail Project funded by the American
Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The project complements a $50-million
ARRA-funded double-tracking and rail improvement project on the Fitchburg
commuter rail line.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invited the public to a special
community meeting on May 18 to hear an update on the proposed alignments
linking the potential Century City and Westwood/UCLA stations being examined as
part of the Westside Subway Extension Project environmental study now under