As the 2010 construction
season gets under way, Amtrak is embarking on $1-billion construction program
to fund capital projects designed to rebuild, upgrade and modernize its tracks,
bridges, stations and other critical infrastructure along the busy Northeast
Corridor and across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and
the Miami area.
On April 27, employees of
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad chose to be represented by the Brotherhood
of Maintenance of Way Employes Division - International Brotherhood of
Teamsters. After the National Mediation Board had reviewed the validity of the
authorization cards, the BMWED was certified to represent the 277 DM&E
maintenance of way employees.
officials have one week to come to agreement on the public benefits of a
planned railroad overpass in Colton, or risk losing $125 million for the Inland
area, The Press-Enterprise reports. To quell concerns from coastal counties,
San Bernardino County officials have offered to pull their request for state
bond money for a massive interchange overhaul proposed near Devore. Officials
said they will find money elsewhere to reconfigure the Interstate 215 and Interstate
December 6, 2010 is the date for
completion of the final sections of the Green Line light rail project. Two sections,
from MLK, Jr., Station near Fair Park south to Buckner Station in Pleasant
Grove and from Victory Station northwest to North Carrollton, will open
completing the 20-station, 28-mile, $1.8-billion project.
Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed
Richard A. Schrader Chairman, succeeding Keith J. Hawksworth, who is retiring
after 33 years with the firm. In his new position, Schrader, currently
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide broad policy
oversight for PB, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and
program/construction management organization.
Caltrain will reconstruct
the East Bellevue Avenue crossing beginning at 8 a.m. May 7 and continuing
through 6 a.m. May 11. During that time the street will be closed to through
traffic between Claremont Street and San Mateo Drive.
Buses will replace train
service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and
Valley Stream May 1-2 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad
bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. The $24.5-million project,
which is funded through the MTA Capital Budget and federal grants, will also
require another train outage on the weekend of May 15-16. The railroad's goal
is to complete the installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.
The Rev. Brian Davis
quips that he may have to change the name of his church, Bay Street
Presbyterian, to "Can't Get Here From There" if the Mississippi
Department of Transportation permanently shuts down the railroad crossing near an
intersection to the church, the Hattiesburg American reports.
Your eyes weren't
deceiving you. Yes, that was a passenger train rolling down the Florida East
Coast Railway toward Miami, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. On May 1,
the same train will return north to Jacksonville, this time filled with state
and local officials who are pushing to return passenger service to the coastal
tracks. Amtrak board chairman Tom Carper also is expected to be on board.
Because of extensive
grade crossing work, shuttle buses will replace trains for several weekends on
the light rail Blue and Green lines this spring. The lines are operated by the
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. During this time, workers will
replace existing grade crossings, track and sidewalks with a new concrete
crossing surface, asphalt road approaches, new track and new concrete