Ohio's planned passenger
rail system could be on a collision course with another one of the state's key
economic priorities - expanding its powerful, growing freight and logistics
industry, Business First of Columbus reports. The state's plan for a passenger
line calls for running passenger trains on heavily traveled freight tracks that
crisscross the state instead of putting them on dedicated lines, as may be done
in other states such as California.
A Kalamazoo-based Michigan
railroad is approaching its first anniversary of service on its
Elkhart-to-Grand Rapids route, and officials with the Grand Elk Railroad say
St. Joseph County is proving to be a critical part of its success and growth, the Sturgis Journal reports. After working out a long-term track lease
with Norfolk Southern last March, the Grand Elk and its seven distinctive black
and yellow locomotives began rumbling along the north-south route on April 1.
The Jo-Carroll Depot
Local Redevelopment Authority agreed to give Riverport Railroad a three-year
option to buy a 400-acre industrial park at the former Savanna Army Depot 20
miles north of Thomson Correctional Center, Executive Director Diane M.
Komiskey, local media report.
Police and firefighters are investigating what appears to be an intentionally set blaze that damaged one and destroyed another railroad track repair vehicle, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News reports. It took firefighters less than 20 minutes about 5:40 a.m. Feb. 3, to get the fires under control along the railroad tracks near 506 E. Xenia Ave., according to reports.
Drivers will spend less
time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its
trains on the rail line that parallels State Highway 279 in Malvern, Ark. The
train speed limit will increase from 35 miles per hour to 60 mph on nearly two
miles of track that crosses Banks, Babcock and Cabe Streets.
U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.)
gathered state, municipal and Congressional representatives and other
stakeholders of the U.S. Northeast Corridor (NEC) to help relaunch an effort to
bring high-speed passenger rail service to the region. Attending the meeting
were various officials and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The top transit official
for President Barack Obama's administration will be in Denver Feb. 5 announcing
major funding for the FasTracks project, the Denver Business Journal reports. Peter
Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, is to join U.S. Senator
Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Phil Washington, the head of
the Regional Transportation District, at Denver Union Station on Friday
Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic Railway said that it has filed a "Notice of Intent" with the
Surface Transportation Board to abandon certain of its lines. This notice is
required by the STB as a preliminary step in the abandonment process. MMA
continues to provide regular rail service and is continuing to work with Maine
DOT in order to find a solution that would permit continued rail operations on
A rusty Missouri River
railroad bridge that came to symbolize the battle between historical tourism
and modern transportation has been saved from demolition due largely to federal
stimulus funds, local newspapers report. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Union
Pacific has agreed to give the old bridge to the central Missouri city of
Boonville, which hopes to convert it for use by hikers and bikers on the Katy
Trail State Park.
Stella-Jones Inc. said
that it has received early termination of the waiting period under the
Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its
proposed acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation.