Representatives of the
National Gateway will discuss a broad range of environmental, business and
economic benefits with legislators, business representatives and government
officials this week at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)
Legislative Summit 2010. The NCSL Legislative Summit, a major public policy
conference featuring thousands of state lawmakers and legislative staff, is
being held from July 25-28 in Lexington, Ken.
Sen. Dick Durbin said July
23 that giving the Union Pacific Railroad $98.3 million in federal money for
track improvements without an agreement in place to allow high-speed passenger
rail is still a good idea, The Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register
U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood said that the Denver Union Station project will receive just over
$300 million in federal loans through an unprecedented and historic innovative
financing arrangement using the Department of Transportation's Railroad Rehabilitation
and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program and the Transportation Infrastructure
Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program. The project is funded with a unique
financing structure and for the first time combines credit assistance from both
Can two rail agencies share
a set of new tunnels under the Hudson River to midtown Manhattan and save
billions of dollars, instead of building separate tubes under the Hudson River?
asks the Asbury Park, N.J., Press.
Excavators are eating
into a slope above BNSF's main line in the Fruit Valley neighborhood, the Columbian
reports. The work is to prepare the site for a 3.2-mile-long set of bypass
tracks designed to help ease a railroad chokepoint in Vancouver, Wash. The new
line will run along the east side of the BNSF main line from downtown Vancouver
all the way to the Fruit Valley Road overpass.
More than a century ago,
gangs of burly men would lay railroad ties at a snail's pace, driving them in
with sledgehammers, the Lansing, Mich., State Journal reports. Today, the work
proceeds more quickly with large hydraulic machines, but still not fast enough
to avoid causing headaches for motorists facing traffic backups and detours.
In 1985, a young and
energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing
a new treatment on railroad crossties, the Starkville, Miss., Daily News
reports. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment
would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.
Kansas City Southern reported
that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
(KCSM) has worked throughout the weekend on the Anahuac Bridge and re-opened
the bridge at 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. KCSM began running trains on the
re-opened line immediately.
Local residents and hotel
guests will sleep sounder now that routine horn blowing by trains passing
through downtown St. Joseph is diminished due to a joint project between the
city, the Missouri Department of Transportation and BNSF, local media report.
Work is now complete on safety improvements at several rail crossings that make
the city of St. Joseph eligible for a federal quiet zone designation.
Metro officials in the
Washington, D.C., area, worked throughout the night to mitigate the impact of
Sunday's thunderstorms to Metrorail service Monday, July 26. Sunday's storms
knocked out power to much of the region, including rail stations and rail yards.
However the effect of the storm on Monday's rail service was expected to be