Norfolk Southern is about
to clear the final hurdle needed to begin work on its Rossville intermodal
terminal, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains,
The Memphis Daily News reports. The Norfolk, Va.-based railroad, which is
preparing to formally break ground on the massive $112-million project, will
unveil the federally mandated environmental assessment that was recently
approved in preparation for the facility.
Moline, Ill., is one step
closer to being a hub in the return of passenger rail service to the
Quad-Cities, the Quad-City Times reports. In a unanimous vote July 20, the city
council approved spending $993,000 to purchase property near existing railroad
tracks for conversion to an Amtrak terminal. The property is at 1201 4th Ave.,
the site of the O'Rourke Building, and an adjacent vacant parcel at 323 13th
St. The property is owned by High Rent LLC.
The state has offered $18
million to purchase the 233 miles of rail line that Montreal Maine &
Atlantic Railway is seeking to abandon in Aroostook and Penobscot counties, the
Maine Public broadcasting Network reports.
construction of the long-awaited Colton Crossing project in Southern California
will be complete sometime in 2014, the Contra Costa Times reports.
After months of
construction in downtown Norfolk, Va., light rail is coming into focus - as are
the latest questions about Hampton Roads Transit's long-anticipated project,
local media report. Major construction wrapped up earlier this month, and
testing will begin in the fall. Now the city is counting down to see if the
Tide makes its scheduled start date of next May.
Track improvements will
start this September to allow trains to travel at much faster speeds between
Chicago and St. Louis, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. An agreement between the
Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific will allow track
upgrades to be made on a 90-mile segment of UP track to prepare it for
In the 100 days since the
voters of St. Louis County invested their trust and new financial resources in
Metro through passage of Proposition A, the agency has taken real and
meaningful steps toward keeping its pledges to all of the residents of the St.
Louis region, President and CEO Robert J. Baer said.
Amtrak is offering its
expert guidance on station development to communities in Illinois, Iowa and
Wisconsin where new state-supported Amtrak service is planned to begin in the
next three years. As a part of its Great American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting
local and state leaders in a Civic Conversation with a special focus on the
development of stations on planned Chicago routes to Dubuque, Iowa, via
Rockford, Ill.; to Iowa City via the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities; and to Madison,
Wis., via Milwaukee.
1995 when railroad veteran Michael Haverty joined Kansas City Southern Railway
as chief executive, the carrier seemed to be chugging into a long, dark tunnel
with no exit, The Kansas City Star reports. The future for the Kansas City
railroad appeared anything but bright. Mergers in the rail industry were
creating mega-carriers in the nation's western half. The giants, Burlington
Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific, were threatening to overwhelm Kansas City
Southern, the smallest of the major carriers, with its network running from the
heartland to the Gulf Coast.