The rehabilitation of the
Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile
rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and ending in Roxbury, N.J., is under
way and should be completed within four to five months, county officials said,
according to the Daily Record. The county Board of Freeholders in April awarded
a $5.1-million contract to the firm Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson
to rehabilitate the rail line, with the money coming from the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act, part of the economic stimulus package.
Virginia and CSX
Transportation have reached an agreement about how to proceed with federal
stimulus spending on a new high-speed rail line between Washington and Richmond,
the Washington Post reports. A framework agreement over the $75-million project
has now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
L.B. Foster Company said
that it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of
common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City
time, on August 16, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight,
New York City Time on July 30, 2010.
Vossloh has won two major
contracts worth together around 115 million euros ($115.6 million) in
connection with the construction of Libya's new rail network. On behalf of
general contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Vossloh
will equip around 1,300 km (806 miles) of the planned network with its fastening
systems and switches. Deliveries will extend from 2010 to 2012.
By the end of the last
millennium, Metro Moncton, New Brunswick, residents couldn't wait for the day -
and they were certain that it was coming soon - that the CN rail line that
bisects the downtown would be moved to the city's outskirts, the Times & Transcript
reports. Since then, nary a word.
Friday, July 30 to Monday,
Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each day, crews will relocate utilities and
continue construction on a shoofly at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The
shoofly is a temporary track for trains to use during the renovation of the
In conjunction with
standing 42 x 42 AutoLOKTM II U.S. patents and Mexico patents, the Canadian
Patent Office has recently awarded Miner a patent on their 42 x 42 AutoLOK II
Earlier in July, Norfolk
Southern's maintenance of way and structures department completed $21 million
in track, signal and bridge work in seven days on one if its primary coal lines
in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Mon Line extends approximately 85 miles from
Pittsburgh to coal mines in Washington and Greene counties. In 2009, almost 42
million tons of coal was transported over this rail line. Approximately 20
trains daily use the Mon Line.
The NEW METRO in Houston has
received good news in the form of a federal Record of Decision on the
University light-rail line, signifying final approval of the environmental
review process on this 11.3-mile project. With this approval, METRO will
continue to evolve the design, engineering, utility coordination,
pre-construction planning work and ongoing FTA coordination needed to go
forward while renewing community outreach efforts to make sure the public
continues to be engaged in this historic project.
delegation is scheduled to meet July 30 with the chairwoman of the National
Transportation Safety Board, which issued a scathing report this week on an
"anemic safety culture" that contributed to last year's deadly Metro
crash, the Gaithersburg, Md., Gazette reports. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P.
Hersman recommended the federal government provide oversight for public transit
systems the way it does for railroad systems through the Federal Railroad Administration.