Every day, 1,800 passengers
head to the rail station next to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, local media
report. Every day, they board more than 40 trains headed for Washington,
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and destinations all along the Northeast Corridor.
It's the 15th busiest station in the Amtrak network. Now, the Maryland
Department of Transportation wants to study the idea of doubling the station's
size and recently applied for a $10-million federal grant for a detailed
The South Shore is alerting
passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The
second of five weekend outages is scheduled for September 12-14, 2009. South
Shore trains will not operate trains in either direction between South Bend,
Ind., and Gary, Ind., Metro Center on the following weekends from 2:30 a.m.
Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday: September 12-14 and 26-28, October 10-12 and October
31-November 2. The South Shore will
operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.
The Dakota Minnesota
& Eastern Railroad said last week it is suspending its planned $6 billion
project to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota, due to the poor
economy, noted an editorial in the Madison, S.D., Daily Leader. A controversial
proposal for more than a decade, the DM&E's expansion was effectively put
on hold when it dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners where
the trains would have run.
agreed to spend about $25,000 to study what repairs are needed at the BNSF
Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets, the Lawrence, Kan., Journal-World
reports. Commissioners agreed to hire Lawrence-based Hernly Associates to
conduct the assessment.
Colbert County, Ala.,
Commissioners will not be writing a letter of support for a proposed project to
relocate the Norfolk Southern tracks that run through Sheffield, Muscle Shoals
and Tuscumbia, according to the Florence Times-Daily. An item seeking support
from the commission was removed from the Sept. 8 meeting agenda by Commission
Chairman Roger Creekmore at the request of Commissioner Emmitt Jimmar, who
questioned why the commission was even involved in the issue.
The coastal city of
Eastport, Me., sees its future economic prosperity linked to a 30-kilometre (18.6-mile)
railway connection leading to the Canadian border at St. Stephen, N.B., the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The Maine city needs a railway to
carry cargo to and from its deep-water port to other markets in Canada and the
On the Washington, D.C.,
Metro, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail
stations will be closed and the Green and Yellow Lines also will be closed at
the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station from 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through
Monday, Oct. 12, with no Green or Yellow Line service at these three stations
at that time. Service will resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. There will be
no Yellow Line service in the District of Columbia or Maryland during the
Columbus Day holiday weekend, with service available only between the
Huntington and Pentagon Metrorail stations.
The Washington Post's
story, "Metro Scare Under Potomac," (September 6, 2009) revisited a 2005
incident that was covered at the time, Metro officials said.
Metro has issued
a line-by-line list of corrections, clarifications and comments to the article.
pressures are mounting on BNSF's proposed freight center in Johnson County,
Kan., with experts saying it would contribute to the region's already serious
air pollution problems, according to The Kansas City Star. Air-quality experts
at the Mid-America Regional Council are suggesting that diesel emissions from
the massive rail project near Gardner would worsen ozone levels, which already
violate federal standards.