On Oct. 26, Secretary Ray
LaHood convened the first meeting of a newly created U.S. Department of
Transportation Safety Council formed to tackle critical transportation safety
issues facing the department's 10 operating administrations.
Front Royal, Va.,
Councilman N. Shae Parker verbally blasted representatives of Norfolk Southern over
the firm's proposal that will involve the use of explosives for a construction
project, according to local newspapers. The railroad is offering to pay Front Royal $160,000 in exchange for
vacation of a portion of Depot Avenue and the acquisition of a temporary
construction easement on a 100-foot wide strip of town property.
The South Shore in
northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned
temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outage
is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2009. South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between
South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, thru
3:00 a.m. Monday, November 2.
and Norfolk Southern introduced Gulf Coast Flyer, a rail service for
the safe transport of chemicals between the Union Pacific-served southern Texas
and Louisiana regions and Norfolk Southern destinations across the northeastern
and southeastern United States.
RailComm has been selected
to provide a wireless remote control yard system at CSX Transportation's
Willard Yard in Ohio. The proposed control system will interface to the existing
control and communications network. Existing field devices and communications
will be utilized and interfaced to the new central control system.
The Mayors' Council
on Regional Transportation in Vancouver, B.C., has approved a transportation
plan ‘supplement' that will generate $130 million in new annual revenue,
allowing TransLink to maintain road and transit operations at current levels. The
decision will put further expansion of the transportation system on hold for
the time being.
Major signal and switch
modernization work being performed in Valley Stream by the MTA Long Island Rail
Road progressed on schedule, and the LIRR had a normal morning rush hour on October
26. On Oct. 25, the LIRR posted a video update on Facebook and YouTube that
illustrates the behind-the-scenes efforts undertaken by LIRR employees this
weekend to modernize the LIRR.
freight-railroad operators are pressing the White House to scale back proposed
rules that would mandate billions in new safety hardware to prevent collisions,
warning that the financial burden could lead to cuts in passenger-train service
instead of the expansion President Barack Obama wants, reports the Wall Street
Iowa Another $4 million has
been included in a federal appropriations bill to replace the BNSF bridge over
the Mississippi River at Fort Madison, The Hawk Eye Website reports. Rep. Dave
Loebsack, D-2nd District, said the money will come from the 2010 Homeland
Security Appropriations bill to repair and rebuild vital infrastructure in the
In its ongoing effort to
enhance public safety, Metrolink Board Chair Keith Millhouse announced that the
agency has activated Automatic Train Stop technology at an additional 49
priority locations throughout its rail system. This ATS installation will
expand the number of locations of ATS inductors to 105 on Metrolink routes in
Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Antelope Valley and Ventura County. The new
installations are also compatible with the Pacific Surfliner ATS-equipped
Intercity trains that operate on the Metrolink system. Metrolink received
expedited approval from the Federal Railroad Administration for the expanded
ATS program as another important safety measure while the commuter rail service
continues to accelerate the development and deployment of Positive Train
Control in Southern California.