Businesses and residents
in Norfolk's Freemason Historic District got some good news last week - major
light rail construction that caused confusion and detours is complete, local
MTA Long Island Rail Road
President Helena Williams and Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino and other public officials
broke ground today on a new $25.5 million train wash facility located in the
Village of Babylon. The project, which promises to create between 20 and 30
construction jobs, is being financed with federal stimulus funds through the
Federal Transit Administration. The Babylon Train Wash Facility was selected by
Governor David Paterson and the MTA as a shovel-ready project that represented
the best use of federal stimulus funds.
The railroad responsible for
maintaining the rails in and near the Fox Cities in Wisconsin will fix or replace
11 crossings in and near the Fox Cities, including the two deemed worst of the
bunch by Post-Crescent readers in April, the Appleton Post-Crescent reports.
The Andersons, Inc., and
the Iowa Northern Railway Company said that The Andersons, Inc., recently made
a significant minority investment in the railway company and its subsidiaries.
The investment is expected to be accretive to earnings this year.
Seattle City Light will
be upgrading power lines in Capitol Hill during the next year to increase their
power capacity. The work is designed to meet local power needs, improve
reliability, and provide electricity to the Sound Transit light rail station
now under construction.
Board of Commissioners for the St. Louis area approved an operating budget of
$232.4 million for Fiscal Year 2011 that includes funds to restore transit
services that were cut in 2009. The budget also includes freezes on salaries and
hiring and reductions to expenditures across the board.
leaders may need to postpone $5 million in scheduled repairs for the 32-mile
local rail line that would occur soon after officials sign off on the pending
purchase because of financing problems that still shadow the acquisition, the
Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.
A bill regulating pesticide
spraying by railroads has been signed into law by the governor of Wisconsin,
local media report. The new law requires
railroads operating in Wisconsin to inform railroad employees of their use of
pesticides, and prohibits a railroad from requiring an employee to work in an
area to which a pesticide has been applied within 24 hours of the application of
Ottawa and the provinces need
to do a better job of coordinating policy on issues ranging from the
environment to tax reform, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s top executive said, The
Canadian Press reports. Canadian Pacific representatives have spent a lot of
time in Ottawa -- not to mention Washington -- making the case for removing
"artificial barriers in the form of regulation or legislation," Fred
Green told shareholders at the firm's annual general meeting.
Fees for transportation
impacts, business licenses and vehicle-license registrations all could be part
of a funding package the Kent, Wash., City Council may tap for funding city
street projects, according to the Kent Reporter. The Council conducted a second
workshop at City Hall to discuss how to fund an estimated $389 million worth of
projects over the next 25 years, including $137 million in grade-separation
projects for street and rail.