A non-profit community
group that has earned accolades for efforts to keep New York City clean is
sending work crews out to help MTA Long Island Rail Road undo the unsightly
work of graffiti vandals scarring LIRR bridges, most in Greater Jamaica. The
LIRR is partnering in the pilot program with NYC Community Cleanup, an
organization that targets litter and vandalism by deploying non-violent
offenders doing community service time. NYC Community Cleanup is a creation of
the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the state Office of Court
Administration, the Office of the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the
Queens District Attorney and it develops innovative approaches to public safety
VIA Rail Canada has
selected KMI, a software firm based in Oakville, Ont., to upgrade the
corporation's environmental and safety management systems. The C$270,000
contract, which is entirely funded by the Government of Canada's Economic
Action Plan, will provide VIA with KMI's integrated software to centralize
environment, health and safety data collection, event reporting and analysis
throughout the corporation's coast-to-coast network. KMI's Incident Management,
Corrective Action, and Reporting & Dashboard systems will be implemented at
all VIA locations across Canada by the end of the year.
North Bay cargo trains may
be closer to returning to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad now that a major
obstacle has been removed, the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat reports. U.S.
transportation regulators have ruled that the North Coast Railroad Authority
doesn't need commuter rail's okay to reopen the freight line.
When the strip mall along
Davenport, Iowa's East River Drive and west of Mound Street came down in March,
a new view opened up, and many people noticed for the first time the tall
wooden railroad trestle behind the property, the Quad Cities Times reports. The
trestle is the only one like it in the Quad-Cities - possibly the only one like
it in Iowa or Illinois - and is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places as a "contributing structure" within the Village of East Davenport's
Spectrum Infrared, a
division of A.D.S., said that CN is utilizing its 5-hp railroad track switch
heaters at Victoria Bridge over the St. Lawrence River to ensure that the rail
switches operate reliably and efficiently during the upcoming winter. CN's
Victoria Bridge carries both rail and road traffic, with rails in the middle
and roadways on both sides. The bridge links CN's Montreal operations with its
network in southeastern Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Just over four years after
the first front loader of dirt was turned, the 28-mile, 20-station, $1.8-billion
Green Line will be complete on December 6, when it opens 24 miles and 15
stations, creating new light rail connections for Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) customers from Pleasant Grove in the southeast to Farmers Branch and
Carrollton in the northwest. This is the longest single-day opening of electric
light rail in the United States since 1990.
The City of New Bedford and
the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) have set up an
informal design competition for a new station off Route 18 to be known as Whale's
Tooth. The multi-modal station will be built as part of the South Coast Rail
project and may host a new local and intercity bus terminal. Mayor Scott W.
Lang and Kristina Egan, Director of South Coast Rail, MassDOT, made the
announcement in New Bedford City Hall.
Corporation has issued its third annual sustainability report, available for
the first time exclusively on the company's environmental website, Footprints,
at footprints.nscorp.com. The 2010 sustainability report describes Norfolk
Southern's plans to achieve its new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal and
tracks initiatives in responsible economic, environmental, and social performance.
Hampton Roads Transit,
the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Williamsburg
Area Transit Authority invite the public to two meetings on the region's
long-range transit vision plan.
The Canada Line in
Vancouver, B.C., will undergo guideway maintenance on the nights of Sunday,
Nov. 21, Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 11:30 p.m. until the close