In a report issued at to
the Metra Board of Directors at its may 14 meeting, James G. Sotos, an attorney
hired by the Board to look into the possible financial improprieties by Metra
Executive Director Philip Pagano, said: "This investigation revealed
substantial evidence of financial irregularities and abuses carried out by a
person at the highest level of Metra who, as a result of that position, was in the
best position to perpetrate these acts. Other than Mr. Pagano, however, we did
not find evidence of any other Metra employees seeking to enrich themselves at
the public's expense. On the other hand, we believe the rigorous control of
Metra implemented by Mr. Pagano, and the magnitude of his accomplishments for
the company clearly created a culture of trust in and loyalty to Pagano, which
seriously curtailed any realistic hope that he would be held accountable for
the financial irregularities that should have been obvious to upper management
personnel around him. Ironically, and tragically, it was Mr. Pagano who paid
the ultimate price for the creation of that culture."
Eleven rail projects will
restore or expand rail service and enhance safety in 10 counties with a $12.9-million
state investment from PennDOT's Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation
Assistance Program, Governor Edward G. Rendell said.
Société de transport de
Montréal must temporarily close the south entrance to Du Collège métro station
so that major renovation work may be carried out from May 25 to next August 16.
L.B. Foster Company and
Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that both companies have entered into a timing
agreement with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice pursuant to
which L.B. Foster and Portec Rail have agreed, subject to certain conditions,
that they will not consummate L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail before
July 16, 2010, without the Antitrust Division's consent.
The new bnsf.com will be
officially unveiled on Monday, May 17. The new design is the result of months
of work and lays the foundation for continued improvement. Content, photos and
graphics on the existing site have been reviewed and updated. New features,
such as a virtual train tour, were added. An updated "Communities"
section offers information about BNSF's role as a good neighbor and as a
steward in protecting the environment.
Stretching nearly four
miles from east to west, the rail hub near North Baltimore will be largest CSX Transportation
site for the shuffling of rail containers, the Sun Sentinel reports. Wood and
Henry County officials took a tour of the sprawling site sitting on 500 acres
running on the north side of Ohio 18, just outside North Baltimore.
A $250-million Amtrak
project to revive passenger service on Florida's historic east coast rail line
is building steam, along with hopes it can revitalize station destinations such
as Daytona Beach, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The project could re-establish
passenger trains on the 350-mile route between Jacksonville and Miami,
originally forged by Henry Flagler in the 1890s but discontinued in 1968 as the
interstate highway system became the prominent transportation mode.
Los Angeles Metro Blue
Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes May 14-16 due
to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro
Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus service will parallel the
train route during the construction work.
The Board of Trustees of
the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority meets at 9 a.m. on May 18, at
RTA's main office.