Although not receiving
TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) federal stimulus
funding, a project to improve The San Luis and Rio Grande Railway is not dead
in its tracks reports the Valley Courier in Alamosa, Colo. Ed Ellis, president
of the railway's parent company, Iowa Pacific, said this week he plans to look
for alternative funding sources for the project that would expand the rail's
capabilities through the Valley.
Huron Central Railway in
Canada is once again facing a deadline for an essential capital investment for
track improvements needed to keep the line operating beyond August of this year,
Sault This Week reports. Mario Brault, president of Huron Central, said from
his Montreal headquarters that if the federal and Ontario governments do not
announce funding assistance by the end of March at the very latest, the
regional short line rail company operating between the Sault and Sudbury would
be forced to shut down this August.
has been selected to provide the GCOR dispatch system for Genesee and Wyoming's
New York and Pennsylvania and Ohio Central railroads. RailComm's
state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system will
be accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.
RailComm's SaaS offering provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating
capital equipment procurement constraints. Through this SaaS delivery model,
the railroads can be remotely dispatched by G&W anywhere an Internet
connection is available. Therefore, it is possible to relocate the dispatchers
to alternative locations as required. Additionally, railroad management can log
in from an office, home or even from a hotel and directly view dispatching
activity and management reports.
Steel Dynamics, Inc., said
the company has begun commercial production of Standard Strength rails that
meet all current AREMA specifications. The Structural & Rail Division at
Columbia City, Ind., produces this rail in lengths up to 240 feet and is
capable of producing 300,000 tons of rail per year.
Secretary Sean Connaughton has ordered an investigation into Hampton Roads
Transit's business practices and light-rail project, The Virginian-Pilot
Philip Shucet, Hampton Road Transit president
and CEO, said, " I carefully reviewed the verbatim transcript from the May
19, 2009, Virginia Beach, Va., City Council meeting, it is clear to me that HRT
committed with certainty that no local City funds would be used to fund the
Alternatives Analysis and Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Though
our policy is clear that federal grants are locally matched by a partner city,
the firm recorded commitment made by HRT is compelling. We will honor that
commitment for this particular local match requirement. It's the right thing to
do, especially in this case where Virginia Beach supported acquiring the
federal funding with the specific understanding that a city match was not
necessary. As such, HRT withdraws its request that the Virginia Beach City
Council supply the local match.
With an eye toward
enhancing customer and employee security, MTA New York City Transit is set to
begin a project that will put advanced video surveillance equipment onboard four
cars of a 10-car subway train that will be in operation along the lettered
lines through early 2011. This train will also be used to pilot a new handhold
configuration and rush-hour flip up seats, though the seating feature will not
be put into use at this time.
Federal stimulus grants
could have redrawn the map of freight rail lines throughout the Rockford, Ill.,
area and truck routes around Rochelle, Ill., GateHouse News Service reports. Instead, after the $108-million requests were rejected last week, it's
back to the drawing board.