Global Rail Systems, Inc.,
a Marlin, Texas-based railroad automation company, said that Vossloh has
acquired a majority interest in the company, effective October 16, 2009. Vossloh
is a global player in the rail technology markets. The acquisition of Global
Rail Systems complements Vossloh's three other U.S.-owned companies: Vossloh
Track Material (formerly Pohl Corp.), Cleveland Track Material, Inc., which
manufacture track switches, and Vossloh Fastening Systems America Corp., based
in Chicago. Under terms of the agreement, Global's management will remain in
A recent study by the
SouthEast Commuter Rail Development Board confirms what Crete, Ill., Mayor
Michael Einhorn said he's known for years: that commuter rail service to the
southeast suburbs is necessary, according to the Southtown Star.
Whether trains or buses
will roll along the abandoned North Shore Rail right-of-way on Staten Island will
be decided in the coming months, after the MTA said it has hired a consultant
to evaluate the options, the Website SILive.com reports. SYSTRA Engineering,
Inc., was chosen to conduct the study at a cost of just under $1.5 million. The
company has done previous work on the North Shore Rail and West Shore Light
SkyTrain, operated by the
BC Rapid Transit Company Ltd., is being recognized as ‘Best Organization' at
the Fifth Annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety - BC's highest
A 500-yard-long logjam on
the San Antonio River at the Victoria-Refugio county line in Texas has been
removed, and water is now flowing downstream, Raquel Espinoza-Williams, a
spokeswoman for Union Pacific, said, according to the Victoria Advocate. Union
Pacific, which owns the bridge where the logjam occurred, had started cleanup
earlier this month, when the problem arose because of heavy rainfall.
Thales has selected
BelAir Networks for
both onboard and trackside Wi-Fi infrastructure for mass transit deployments,
including the Bergen Light Rail project
in Norway. BelAir Networks is the global market share leader in mesh Wi-Fi for the last eight
quarters and is the Wi-Fi equipment provider to North America's largest Wi-Fi
networks. The new Bergen Light Rail project, which will serve 380,000 citizens
in Norway's second largest city, is slated to launch in 2010.
Robert W. Turner, senior
vice president for corporate relations for the Union Pacific in Omaha, said
significant improvements are planned for the local rail line, according to The Mason
City, Iowa, Globe Gazette. Turner accompanied Gov. Chet Culver Oct 20 on the
Iowa Unlimited visit to Mason City and Manly.
Tennessee is seeking $81.2
million as part of a coalition of states applying for $300 million in federal
stimulus funds to make railroad upgrades linked to development of intermodal
rail terminals, where trailers and containers are transferred between trucks
and trains, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Although the coalition's
application for stimulus money is based on reducing truck traffic along
Interstate 81, whose southern terminus is in Jefferson County, Tennessee would
spend its entire share on an intermodal facility being built near Memphis, some
400 miles from I-81.
Villaraigosa's efforts to fast-track the long-stalled Westside subway faced a
challenge (Oct. 20) when a bipartisan group of congressional representatives
said the current plan is unlikely to bring immediate federal funding to L.A.
County, The Los Angeles Times reports.
U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood talked Oct. 20 at Knox College n Galesburg, Ill.,
about the role of transportation in helping the local, state and national
economy recover, according to The Galesburg Register-Mail. LaHood said all
indicators show the country is coming out of the recession, but it won't be
over until unemployment numbers drop.