The Association of
American Railroads said that Charles Keltner, a BNSF employee from Fort Worth,
Texas, has been awarded this year's John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence
Award. U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) also was honored with the
Congressional Chafee Award, which each year goes to a member of Congress who
demonstrates dedication to the environment.
The Chicago Transit
Authority is advising customers that trains traveling on the Orange Line
between Midway and the Loop are operating at no more than 35 mph while repairs
are made to the signaling system along the rail line. CTA has a thorough maintenance and
safety system in place and while performing inspections along the Orange Line,
a potential defect with a component of the signaling system was discovered.
Negotiations have begun
with CN on the possibility of producers and investors acquiring the rail line
from Lyalta to Oyen, Alta., the Drumheller Mail reports. The group, operating
under the name Badlands Rail Company, has made an offer to CN.
The Union Pacific is
closing the Ridgely Tower in Springfield, Ill., one of the last manually
operated rail switching towers in Illinois, The State Journal-Register reports.
The tower, south of Sangamon Avenue and west of 16th Street, controls rail
traffic along the Union Pacific/Amtrak line between St. Louis and Chicago and
the Springfield to Peoria line of the Illinois and Midland Railroad. One of
five operators sits in the tower around-the-clock to control rail traffic using
a series of levers.
The Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Transportation Authority (AATA) board of directors took another step forward
this evening in the process of exploring the possibility of countywide public transit.
The board voted 6-1 to approve conducting contract negotiations with planning
consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) to develop a transit master plan for
The Société de transport
de Montréal (STM) said that four new elevators in Henri-Bourassa station will
become operational April 26. These additional elevators will raise the
number of stations accessible to the mobility-impaired to six on the métro's
Orange line, after Montmorency, de la Concorde, Cartier, Berri-UQAM and
Lionel-Groulx. Bonaventure station is also equipped with elevators allowing
access to both train platforms from the fare collection booth, as the station
does not have an entrance building directly from the street.
Sound Transit contractors
will finish installing light rail track switch heaters April 23-25 on the main
tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. Link
trains will be delayed starting Friday, April 23 at 10 p.m. through the start
of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.
Wheaton, Ill., officials
have endorsed permanently closing one of its streets at a rail crossing as part
of a $100-million plan to add new tracks and upgrades along the Union Pacific
line, the Chicago Tribune reports. The City Council approved a resolution
calling for closing the Chase Street crossing, just south of Wheaton College.