SCI Verkehr, the German
railway and logistics consultancy, has released a new edition of its World
Market for Railway Technology that calls for global railway investment to
increase from a currently estimated $168 billion to approximately $205 billion
in 2015. Of the total, 53 percent is expected to come from after-sales.
Heartland Corridor - one of the most extensive railroad engineering projects in
modern times and a template for public-private partnerships that strengthen the
nation's transportation infrastructure - officially opened for business Sept. 9.
The train that ran on the
railway between Pullman and Colfax, Wash., on the morning of Sept. 2 may have
been the last, The Daily Evergreen reports.
Trains are nothing new in
central Ohio, but they are poised to play am increasing role in the economy, the
Columbus Dispatch reports. Beginning Sept. 9, Norfolk Southern will use the
revamped Heartland Corridor line, taking advantage of what the company calls
the "single biggest railroad engineering project in modern history."
It included enlarging tunnels through mountains and raising bridges in other places.
On September 8, 1910, the
first Long Island Rail Road trains departed from a grand structure dedicated to
transportation-Pennsylvania Station-and traveled under the East River using
four tunnels. Long Island celebrated. LIRR is celebrating that century-old
achievement with the opening of a special photo display in the 34th Street
Entrance Corridor, one of the LIRR's newest Penn Station areas.
The final round of public
meetings for the Metra SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis study in northeastern
Illinois are set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 28. The meetings are an opportunity for
the public to provide feedback on the proposed Locally Preferred Alternative identified
in the SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis Study. The proposed 33-mile
SouthEast Service is a new transportation line that would link close to 20
communities in the south Suburban Cook and Will counties. Meetings are open to
the general public and are ADA accessible.
Washington, D.C., Metro
will close two Blue and Orange Line stations and there will be no Blue and
Orange Line service at the Metro Center Metrorail station during the three-day
Columbus Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, to closing on
Monday, Oct. 11, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding
project to improve safety, to comply with a recommendation made by the National
Transportation Safety Board and maintain service reliability and a state of
A summit bringing together
parties from all sides of the North Charleston commercial rail debate was
always likely to be somewhat contentious, the Charleston Regional Business
Journal reports. But an economic impact study released by a public-private
partnership could ratchet up tensions ahead of the Sept. 9 meeting of the
Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority.
Transportation Commission voted 6-2 to allocate all $20 million of this year's
state transportation improvement funding to the Oakland, Calif., Airport
Connector (OAC) project.
Virginia Beach, Va.,
city officials said that they've struck
a last-minute compromise with the state to complete a $40-million deal to buy
an old rail line for a possible light rail project, The Virginian-Pilot
reports. The city expects to close on the 10.6-mile corridor owned by Norfolk
Southern later this month.