A federal lawsuit filed
against BNSF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to force a more
detailed study of the impact on the air and water by the railroad planned
intermodal center in southwestern Johnson County, Kan., the Kansas City Tribune
reports. The proposed site lies near the city of Gardner and along BNSF‘s
Transcon mainline and Interstate 35, a major national north-south highway. BNSF
is seeking to build a $700-million, high-tech, energy-efficient and environmentally
friendly 1,200-acre intermodal site between Gardner and Edgerton. The site
would include an intermodal center where shipping containers would be unloaded
from trains and a logistics park made up of warehouses, distribution centers and
Residents who live next
to the Canadian National Railway tracks in Mokena, Ill., could
see trees planted as barriers between their homes and the tracks as early as
this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Village Board approved a
landscape buffer plan for the area in the southwest corner of the village.
The Ohio Rail Development
Commission approved a $155,000 grant that will pay half the cost of
rehabilitating a railroad bridge in Toledo, local newspapers report.
In a dramatic change from
existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed that new
funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues
such as economic development opportunities and environmental benefits, in
addition to cost and time saved, which are currently the primary criteria.
has awarded a $104.7-million contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Littleton,
Mass., for the replacement of the 102-year old movable bridge over the Niantic
River in East Lyme, Conn.
Gov. Haley Barbour wants
Mississippi to create a transportation hub in Palmer's Crossing to handle
increased container traffic from the Port of Gulfport, the Hattiesburg American
reports. But area residents say they'll need to hear more details before they
consider the proposal a good fit for their community.
The Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority in California is set to begin a rail grinding project Jan.
16 that will see heavy equipment working on light rail tracks in Mountain View,
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell and San Jose for the next 20 nights between
the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder unveiled a new and
dramatically simplified Website that offers the MTA's 8.5 million daily
customers access to better organized and far more detailed information about
their daily commute.
While Paul Dulmage has
never been on a train in his life, he still feels rail lines should be
protected, EMC News reports. And the mayor of Carleton Place, Ont., Canada,
will be doing his part to ensure that the Canadian Pacific former Ottawa Valley
line, which passes through the town, is not disposed of or torn up.
(This editorial appeared January 14
in The Michigan Daily.) Any new infrastructure that will help the environment,
students or the economy is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.
And a new construction plan funded by the federal government encompasses all
three of these categories. The new public transportation - a railroad that will
run between Ann Arbor and Detroit with stops in the neighboring areas - will
benefit students and residents as they move between Ann Arbor and Detroit, for
business and pleasure, without excessive cost. This new route of transportation
is easy, cheap and environmentally-friendly and officials from both cities
should do everything possible to ensure that the plans come to fruition.