from Union Pacific Railroad, the City of Harlingen, Texas, and Cameron County plan
to reduce blocked crossings by streamlining railroad operations at the Union
Pacific rail yard in downtown Harlingen.
The Illinois Commerce
Commission has given approval for the removal and replacement of a bridge over
the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks at Morgan Street in Rockford. The
existing bridge was constructed in 1916 and carries Morgan Street over the Rock
River and the Illinois Railway tracks. The structure was reconstructed in 1956,
but a bridge condition report issued in 2000 recommended total replacement. Included in the proposal submitted to
the Commission by the City of Rockford were plans to consolidate the Illinois
Railway tracks with the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad line near the
bridge project in order to improve safety and reduce costs to the railroads. The
rail consolidation plan will also allow for the retirement of the Illinois
Railway Bridge across the Rock River upstream from the Morgan Street Bridge.
Business owners will soon
be able to submit proposals for more than $50 million of capital project work
to be completed by St Louis-area Metro over the next several years. The
majority of the funding for these projects is being made available to Metro
through the Federal Transit Administration from the American Recovery and
Ara Najarian, Board chairman,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said: "Los Angeles
County received a double dose of good news June 4 from Washington, which I find
very encouraging. Senator Barbara Boxer said that the Obama Administration is
accelerating consideration of the subway extension project to Westwood by
having the Federal Transit Administration weigh our bid for federal funding for
the entire nine-mile segment rather than break it up in three phases. That's
significant because it means when federal funding is secured we can build the
entire project at once, which would greatly accelerate the completion schedule
and help reduce costs because we beat inflation.
Amtrak expects to award a
contract next month to knock down two former stations north of the current rail
station in Rensselaer, N.Y., the Albany Times-Union reported.
SEPTA General Manager
Joseph M. Casey urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to resolve the state's transit
funding crisis, highlighting the critical infrastructure repairs that would be
left undone without a solution.
(This column by Rep. Bill
Shuster (R-Pa.) appeared at RollCall.com.) America has the greatest
freight rail network in the world. Our system is the most efficient of its kind
and essentially relies on no subsidies from the federal government. More than a
century ago, America's railroads ushered in the great advancements in industry
that sparked America's emergence as an economic power on the world stage.
America's railroads revolutionized transportation, gave promise to freedom of
movement and made business more efficient.
The Connecticut Department
of Transportation plans to apply for $400 million to $500 million in federal
grants this summer to upgrade the New Haven to Springfield rail line, the
Hartford Courant reports. Should the project receive funding, it would be a
potential bonanza for central Connecticut residents who use I-91 to commute to
Fairfield County or New York City.
It turns out that you can
fight CSX railroad - with a little help from your friends, according to an editorial
in the St. Petersburg Times. CSX, which owns tracks crisscrossing Pinellas
County, has a reputation for being difficult for local governments and
neighborhoods to work with. Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard ran smack into that
reputation for recalcitrance when he tried to get the company to change its
plans for repairing railroad crossings downtown.