officials are talking safety with riders as part of National Escalator and
Elevator Safety Awareness Week. The goal is to make travel safer by reminding
customers to take some simple yet effective steps to stay out of harm's way.
For example, when using elevators, always use handrails, stand in the middle
facing forward and keep loose clothing away from edges. On elevators, don't
force doors open or closed - and if you get stuck, push the "help"
button and wait for assistance.
Hulcher Services Inc. has opened a new full-service division
in Montreal, Quebec. The new division is staffed and equipped to provide
a broad range of services for railroads and general industry. Service offerings
include railroad services, engineering work, transfer and load adjustments,
industrial services, snow removal, flood control and emergency/disaster
Nearly 200 cubic yards of
trash and more than 400 old rail ties have been removed from the track area in
and around Jamaica Station, completing one of the largest clean-up projects in
the history of MTA Long Island Rail Road. The work was carried out by LIRR
track maintenance workers over two weekends in October and November while a
state-of-the-art switch and signal control system was being installed at
Jamaica, a critical hub for the railroad.
It's been nearly two
years of legal battles over Canadian National Railway Company's purchase of the
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line, and it all comes down to this, the Aurora
Beacon-News reports. Sometime in the next four months, the U.S. Court of
Appeals is expected to rule on whether Canadian National will have to pay more
to separate grade crossings in Aurora and Lynwood, and whether the federal
Surface Transportation Board conducted a thorough study of the impacts of the
$300-million sale before approving it in 2008.
Changes to the light-rail
line pushed by Norfolk State University officials and agreed to by city leaders
will cost city taxpayers $10 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. These costs
are not new. They are included in the $338-million light-rail price tag, but
after three years of negotiations, NSU, HRT and the city are nearing an
agreement for the changes. They include moving a
passenger station farther from campus and redesigning the storage and
Ridership on Metra's Union
Pacific North line dropped in September, reflecting widespread displeasure with
schedule changes, which the commuter line was forced to rescind, the Chicago
Tribune reports. The number of monthly passenger trips fell 10 percent to
820,462 compared with September 2009, according to recent figures.
Saving time, money and
being more environmentally friendly just got easier now that Metrolink in the
Los Angeles area has implemented a BETA launch of its new, mobile Website.
Customers can visit Metrolinktrains.com from their web-enabled cellular devices
and they will automatically be directed to the new mobile site.
an effort to bring attention to the ground-breaking work being done in
recycling, Axion International producer of the recycled, composite plastic
industrial building products, takes the occasion of November 15, "America
Recycles Day," to call upon American consumers and manufacturers to
increase recycling efforts to help build a better, greener and more sustainable
First up was a $100-million
company that operates eight railroads in two countries, a firm that brought
four of its top executives to town to try to answer any question posed to them,
the Glens Falls, N.Y., Post-Star reports. Next was a train conductor from
Pennsylvania who has no funding, no equipment and no experience running an
GO Transit will be
expanding rail service on the Georgetown line to Toronto-area suburbs Kitchener-Waterloo,
Guelph and Acton, with service scheduled to begin by the end of 2011.