officials say they've taken new steps to resolve the potential abandonment of about
240 miles of railroad track in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, after the
track's owner indicated it plans to file a notice of abandonment in about the
next two weeks, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
The Obama administration's
recent decision to award $38.5 million in high speed rail funds to New Jersey
is the first step towards a stronger, faster rail system that will reduce
congestion, oil use, and carbon emissions, but there is much still to be done, local
media report. That was the message that New Brunswick's Mayor Jim Cahill and
New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Program Associate Rebecca Alper made
clear when they gathered at New Brunswick Train Station to release "The Right
Track," a new research report from NJPIRG.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver met
with Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo in an effort to
get funding for Iowa rail projects back on track, especially a proposed
passenger rail routes from Chicago to Iowa City and Chicago to Dubuque, the Mason
City Globe Gazette reports.
The Jackson County, Miss.,
Port Authority will provide $35,000 for a study on creating a rail line linking
east-central Mississippi to coastal ports, the Hattiesburg American reports. The
Regional Railroad Authority of East Mississippi would oversee about 45 miles of
track from Waynesboro to Lucedale, where existing lines serve port facilities
in Pascagoula and Mobile.
Isanti, Minn., is
moving forward with the Isanti Rail Industrial Park development process, the Isanti
County News reports. During a recent Isanti City Council meeting, it authorized
city engineer Bolton & Menk, Inc. to provide professional engineering
services for the preparation of a conceptual layout and facility plan for the
Isanti Rail Industrial Park.
MTA NYC Transit said the
next phase of a major $89-million construction project to reconstruct and
rehabilitate five stations on the Pelham 6 line has begun. They are Whitlock
Avenue, Elder Avenue, Morrison Avenue-Soundview, St. Lawrence Avenue and
A portion of 14th Street in
Greenville, N.C., will close next week and remain closed for approximately one
month, city officials said Feb. 8, the Greenville Daily Reflector reports. The
railroad crossing next to Beatty Street, between Dickinson Avenue and Evans
Street, is undergoing construction to accommodate a new connector track.
Vehicles will be detoured through the use of Dickinson Avenue, and 10th and
14th streets, a news release stated.
In what is the strongest
sign to date that it will abandon the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of
Energy on Feb. 9 withdrew 116 water applications it had filed with the Nevada State
Engineer for building a rail line to haul nuclear waste to the mountain from
Caliente, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Light rail trains will be
running in the spring or summer of 2011, Hampton Roads Transit's new CEO and
president Phil Shucet told Norfolk, Va., City Council members Feb. 9, local
media report. It's the first estimate from HRT for completion of The Tide since
a series of cost overruns and construction delays were revealed in December.
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates face a
roadblock on the route toward payoff on their investment in U.S. freight
transportation, Bloomberg reports. Chicago, whose railroads made it hog butcher
for the world a century ago, is a tangle of bottlenecks where a quarter of the
nation's rail freight stalls while trying to navigate the city.