a private company has found it uneconomical to maintain rail lines through
Aroostook County, Maine, it would be uneconomical for mills and other major
employers in the region to be left without rail service. This is the dilemma
facing state officials who are currently grappling with a budget shortfall of
nearly $440 million, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
said that he plans meetings today with political and financial institutions in
South Florida that are interested in bringing to life the long-gone
Jacksonville-to-Miami passenger route along Florida East Coast Rail Road
tracks, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Feb. 16-18, between the
hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program. Work will take place at the following locations: Oak
Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame; Main Street and Chestnut
Street In Redwood City; Villa Terrace Avenue and First Avenue in San Mateo; Encinal
Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park;
and Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton.
As swirling snow shrouded
eastern Queens, a yellow-and-black diesel train rumbled on the A subway line
towards the Rockaways, lights flashing, sirens sounding, the New York Daily
News reports. It was the peak of the
near-blizzard. Snowdrifts threatened to force suspension of subway service to
the peninsula. And NYC Transit had called in the artillery.
At a recent meeting, the
Moses Lake, Wash., City Council unanimously approved sending letters to
lawmakers requesting federal funding to purchase a segment (Segment 4) of the
Columbia Basin Railroad line that runs through the City of Moses. As part of
the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, Segment 4 is slated to be vacated
once a new bypass segment (Segment 1) northeast of Moses Lake is built.
UNISIG Consortium (UNISIG) has accepted an application for Associated
Membership from MER MEC S.p.A., with effect from January 1, 2010. MER MEC,
based in Monopoli, Bari, Italy, is a developer and supplier of both onboard and
trackside railway signaling equipment. The company becomes the second new
Associated Member of UNISIG since its formation in 1999.
As environmental work
continues for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project, Los Angeles Metro
will hold four community scoping meetings on February 22-27 in Pico Rivera,
South El Monte, Montebello and Whittier to review two build alternatives: light
rail transit via State Route 60 and on Washington Boulevard in addition to a
transportation systems management (improving bus services), and a no-build
A new railroad company
based in Alliance, Neb., has filed papers with the federal Surface
Transportation Board to purchase the seven miles of railroad line from Chadron
west to Dakota Junction and to lease 21 miles of line from Dakota Junction to
Crawford. Chadron, Neb., the Chadron Record reports.
Burlington Northern Santa
Fe Corporation shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of the company's
acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., securing a path for BNSF Railway to
continue to build upon its position as one of America's premier freight transportation