Stressing the importance of
its intercity passenger rail service in Michigan, Amtrak said it will perform a
high-speed rail improvement study that will focus on determining what
infrastructure upgrades are needed to provide 110 mph train service on the
Norfolk Southern-owned rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Detroit.
A McMaster University researcher
says the chance to save lives is a powerful motivation to develop a new safety
system for rail transit workers, the Hamilton, Ont., Spectator reports. The
university and Bombardier Transportation are working together on a C$1.4-million
project to develop an automated system that could warn track workers and
on-board personnel of possible danger while there is still time to avoid
Supporters of consolidating
Springfield, Ill., rail traffic on the 10th Street corridor plan to take a wish
list of overpass construction, track relocation and other design improvements
on an annual trip to Washington D.C. next month, The State Journal-Register reports.
The list will exceed the $26.5 million sought for the same project last year,
Gary Plummer, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce,
In broad strokes and
fine detail, officials have revealed how they will pay $340 million for
"the biggest project in the history" of Lincoln, Neb. -- turning a
windswept rail yard into a home for a new downtown arena, the Lincoln Journal
The MTA Long Island Rail
Road's Stony Brook Station, on the Port Jefferson Branch, will undergo a $2.7-million
renovation project starting February 1. A temporary trailer will serve as a
waiting room during part of the work. Nine parking spaces will be temporarily
out of service in order to stage materials and the trailer.
A new express train on
the Fredericksburg, Va., line is one way Virginia Railway Express Board Chair
Paul Milde says the commuter railroad is working to fix the region's
transportation problems, according to Inside NoVA.com. An 11-mile stretch of
tracks to be built thanks to federal stimulus money from Powell's Creek near
Dumfries into Stafford County will aid future VRE express trains, the agency
says, and will spur the growth of passenger rail service in the state.
The state of Kentucky has
given preliminary approval to $400,000 in tax incentives for the Paducah &
Louisville Railway to build a new "green" headquarters. The Paducah
Sun reported that the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave
initial go-ahead for the tax credits, which will go toward a $4.2-million
headquarters and end the company's search for a new home.
With the formal
acquisition this week of one of the key chromite deposits among the remote Ring
of Fire properties northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont., Canada, U.S. iron-ore giant
Cliffs Resources positioned itself as the most likely company to build the mine
everyone‘s been talking about, The Chronicle Journal reports. But while the
euphoria associated with the development of what could the largest chromite
mine in the world is understandable, the company says many details still have
to be hammered out.
Metro Blue Line
passengers will experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes on three
consecutive weekends beginning Friday night, Feb 5, due to construction of the
Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown
Los Angeles. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday nights and continue until the
close of rail service on Sunday night for the weekends of Feb. 5-7, Feb. 12-14,
and Feb. 19-21.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, will continue t week Fair Oaks Avenue, Atherton.