Secretary Ray LaHood and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed an agreement
providing $46.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for
work to continue on the state's aggressive high-speed rail program. The funding
is the latest installment from the $822 million that President Obama announced
for Wisconsin high-speed rail from the Recovery Act in January.
Late next year, the first
Tunnel Boring Machine will arrive at Pine Street from Capitol Hill. To prepare
for the TBM, ground stabilization (jet grouting) is needed in Pine Street, west
of the Paramount Theatre. Starting in early August and lasting through
September, a lane reduction is needed on Pine Street between 9th and Boren
avenues. The eastbound lane of Pine Street between 9th and Boren avenues will
be closed and traffic detoured to Pike Street. The two-westbound lanes will
remain open. In addition, the sidewalk on the south side of the Pine Street
between 9th and Boren avenues will be closed to pedestrians.
The completion of BNSF
Railway's Chihuahuita Connection represents a "win-win" for the railroad, the
Chihuahuita neighborhood, the City of El Paso, Texas, and rail customers using
the El Paso/Juarez border gateway.
Transportation Authority released its 2011 preliminary budget and proposed four-year
financial plan for 2011-2014. The proposed plan reflects unprecedented internal
cost cutting initiatives undertaken in response to a $900-million shortfall for
2010 resulting from cuts to state assistance and dramatic downturns in tax
revenue. These shortfalls amount to more than $2.5 billion over the plan
indicating that Al Qaeda and associated movements continue to express interest
in attacking U.S. mass transit systems, especially passenger rail and subway
systems, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a redacted version
of a classified report on "explosives detection technologies [that] are
available or in development that could help secure passenger rail systems,"
according to the Homeland Security Today Website.
state could buy 233 miles of northern Maine freight rail tracks slated for
abandonment within several weeks if it and track owner Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic Railway agree on a price, officials said July 28, according to the
Bangor Daily News. The railway and Maine Department of Transportation are
working to find common ground between DOT's argument that the tracks and other
equipment are worth $18.1 million and MMA's contention that they should fetch
$26.2 million as a whole or $23.7 million if broken into smaller pieces or
Spanish fixed-track material manufacturer, Talleres Alegria, invested in a new
induction heating installation for increasing its competitiveness in the high-speed
The Greenville and
Western Railway Company has begun a track upgrade and maintenance project in
Williamston, N.C., local media report. The project is expected to be completed
by Aug. 15 and involves:
--Construction of two
retaining walls and roadbed stabilization near Gossett Drive;
--Replacement of bridge
timbers on the rail-highway overpass at Gossett Drive;
--Installation of new
ties south of Gossett Drive;
--Installation of 1/4-mile
of new and heavier-duty rail between the north end of the concrete bridge
behind Mineral Springs Park to just south of Prince Street; and
--The rebuilding of the
Prince Street rail-highway grade crossing.
Barrington, Ill., and other
communities and entities appealing aspects of Canadian National Railway's
purchase of the Elgin, Eastern and Joliet Railway filed final briefs with the
U.S. Court of Appeals last week, the Barrington Courier Review reports. CN also
filed briefs, appealing certain aspects of the conditions for purchase set by
the federal government.
September 18-21, 2011,
marks the dates for Railway Interchange 2011, as Minneapolis hosts the first
North American event combining the technical conferences of AREMA (American
Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated
Mechanical Associations), as well as the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply
Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering & Maintenance Suppliers
Association), and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.).