When it comes to
attention-grabbing covers, the title "Great Rail Disasters" with an
illustration of a train wreck is tough to beat for creating a sense of danger
and drama, Ted Jackovics wrote in the Tampa, Fla., Tribune website. Inside, the
44-page American Dream Coalition report focuses on "foolish
investments" and "pork barrel spending" in a critique of rail as
a passenger transportation alternative.
(The following column by
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) appeared on the Williamson Daily News website
on January 23, 2010. He represents West Virginia's 3rd District.)
When the workers laboring
to raise the roof of the old Cooper Tunnel on the Norfolk Southern main line in
Mercer County, W.Va., see daylight, it's about time to call it a day, the
Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports. NS is on the home stretch of the Heartland
Corridor project that started in the fall of 2007 and is on track to be
finished later this summer. When it's done, the Heartland Corridor will enable
NS to move double-stacked freight cars from Lambert's Point (near Hampton Roads,
Va.) on the Atlantic coast all the way to Chicago on the Lake Michigan shore.
Mayor Richard M. Daley and
Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez announced a
significant development in the agency's ongoing effort to enhance safety and
security on its rail and bus system. With the installation of cameras at 24
Green Line stations, the CTA's rail system now has 1,657 cameras at 73 rail
Two bridge projects that
were put on hold about two months ago are back on track, The Medina County,
Ohio, Gazette reports. Bob Sullivan, spokesman for CSX Transportation, said the
company is working to secure funding to proceed with work on the bridges over
the tracks at Rivers Corners Road in Homer Township and at Pawnee Road on the border
of Homer and Harrisville townships. The project includes rebuilding the bridge
at Rivers Corners to allow for taller, double-stack trains to pass underneath,
and demolishing the bridge at Pawnee and vacating the road with a detour at
North Shore construction
work will cause much of the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Reedsdale
Street in Pittsburgh to close starting Jan. 25. The closing is due to the
ongoing construction of the North Shore Connector light rail project. The
intersection is scheduled to remain partially closed through Feb. 10.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, will continue at the following locations: Main Street,
Redwood City, Jan. 24-25; Watkins Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 24-25; Fair Oaks
Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 25-28; and Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, Jan. 24 - 25 Throughout
the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open.
Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.
International Holdings, Inc., a next-generation technology company utilizing
recycled plastic for high-load industrial products, said that demolition has
begun of the current structures at the Ft. Eustis Army Transportation Corp.
military base in Virginia in order to replace those spans with two new railroad
bridges made almost entirely from Axion's 100-percent recycled plastic
Illinois DOT I setting up
the first ever business exchange with Chicago area small businesses to connect
small disadvantaged businesses (DBEs), many minority- and women-owned enterprises,
with the CREATE partners and the rail industry to explore opportunities for
near-term and future business partnerships.
Frankfort, Ill., trustees
this week hired an engineering firm to design safety devices at the village's
Canadian National Railway crossings, the Chicago Tribune reports. The $14,000
contract was awarded to Hamilton Consulting Engineers to plan and supervise
construction of safety features, such as lights and crossing gates, at the
street-level railroad crossings in Frankfort, Trustee Dick Trevarthan said. Six
of the crossings are public and one is privately owned.