Iowa Department of
Transportation officials believe they will be successful in their second
attempt to obtain a passenger railway from Iowa City to Chicago, the Daily
Iowan reports. After taking in feedback from last year's denied application,
the department is adding a new project to gain funding from the Federal
Railroad Administration. The application is due Aug. 6.
This month, Denver's
Regional Transportation District is marking the 10 years since the Southwest
Light Rail Line opened. Banners will be on display this month at a half-a-dozen
key light rail stations and transit centers, and information will be on the RTD
and FasTracks websites.
Construction of a new
platform, lights and retaining wall will begin at the Round Lake, Ill., Metra
station July 15, 2010 and continue until October 1. Work will begin on the east
end of the platform. During the first phase of construction, commuters must
board trains from the western portion of the platform.
Union Pacific has been
named a 2010 Best Diversity Company by Diversity Careers in Engineering and
Information Technology. The magazine honored Union Pacific for its support of
minorities and women, attention to work/life balance and supplier diversity
commitment based on feedback from its readers and website visitors.
Norfolk Southern is
reinforcing a retaining wall along W.Va. 100 with steel I-beams and concrete, the
Morgantown, W. Va., Dominion Post reports.
On July 12, Superior Judge
William Morse extended until July 16 an order preventing the Alaska Railroad
from spraying weed killers on a section of track until the state's high court
can review the state-issued permit, local media report. Previously, state
regulators had given the railroad permission to spray herbicide for 30 miles
along a 90-mile stretch of track from Indian to Seward, south of Anchorage.
Gladstone, Mich., City
Commission approved plans by the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to
submit the pre-application paperwork for a Tiger II Grant, the Escanaba Daily
Press reports. A public hearing was held Monday, which brought forth various
comments and suggestions about CN's Gladstone rail yard and its plans for the
grant, if received.
Commission voted to chip in $10,000 to look into alternative routes for the
South Shore Line if the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District can
get federal grant money for the study, the News-Dispatch reports. The money
will help fund a proposed $1 million study of potential realignments of the
South Shore Line. NICTD has said the agency and Michigan City would split the
$200,000 local portion of the study funding, with the federal government
providing the rest.
In January, President
Obama announced that North Carolina was awarded $545 million in American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to continue its development of high-speed
intercity rail. On July12, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that
the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of North Carolina have
finalized a grant agreement for $20.3 million, the first installment of the
$545 million awarded to the state.