A deteriorated CTA bridge
on the Red Line has an important story to tell about the health of the rail
system's viaducts, the Chicago Tribune reports. Each day, thousands of CTA
elevated trains operate across 564 bridges, many 80-to-100 years old.
In July 2005, former
Sioux Falls, S.D., Mayor Dave Munson stood on the east bank of the Big Sioux
River near the white monolith of the abandoned Zip Feed Mill, the Sioux Falls
Argus Leader reports. He looked west toward downtown and at rows of railroad
tracks before him and imagined the future. In his mind, new retail,
residential, commercial and entertainment development enlivened the east bank.
The tracks were gone.
The following closure is
required to perform construction related to the supporting piers for the new
Metrorail extension in the Miami area: Two-month closure of SR 112/Airport
Expressway westbound exit ramp to NW 27th Avenue.
The Chicago Transit
Authority joins the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra and Pace to present the 14th Annual
Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange. The symposium takes place on Tuesday, November 30 at the
Chicago Hilton and Towers.
The Maryland Transit Administration
(MTA) said that the entire northbound platform at the BWI MARC/Amtrak Station would
be open for passengers at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. A portion
of the northbound platform has been closed to MARC commuters and Amtrak
passengers during construction, but barriers will be removed Wednesday morning,
Nov. 24, and crews will complete final detail work after the holiday. The
improved, longer platform will open in time to ease the expected rush of
Thanksgiving holiday travelers.
A non-profit community
group that has earned accolades for efforts to keep New York City clean is
sending work crews out to help MTA Long Island Rail Road undo the unsightly
work of graffiti vandals scarring LIRR bridges, most in Greater Jamaica. The
LIRR is partnering in the pilot program with NYC Community Cleanup, an
organization that targets litter and vandalism by deploying non-violent
offenders doing community service time. NYC Community Cleanup is a creation of
the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the state Office of Court
Administration, the Office of the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the
Queens District Attorney and it develops innovative approaches to public safety
VIA Rail Canada has
selected KMI, a software firm based in Oakville, Ont., to upgrade the
corporation's environmental and safety management systems. The C$270,000
contract, which is entirely funded by the Government of Canada's Economic
Action Plan, will provide VIA with KMI's integrated software to centralize
environment, health and safety data collection, event reporting and analysis
throughout the corporation's coast-to-coast network. KMI's Incident Management,
Corrective Action, and Reporting & Dashboard systems will be implemented at
all VIA locations across Canada by the end of the year.
North Bay cargo trains may
be closer to returning to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad now that a major
obstacle has been removed, the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat reports. U.S.
transportation regulators have ruled that the North Coast Railroad Authority
doesn't need commuter rail's okay to reopen the freight line.
When the strip mall along
Davenport, Iowa's East River Drive and west of Mound Street came down in March,
a new view opened up, and many people noticed for the first time the tall
wooden railroad trestle behind the property, the Quad Cities Times reports. The
trestle is the only one like it in the Quad-Cities - possibly the only one like
it in Iowa or Illinois - and is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places as a "contributing structure" within the Village of East Davenport's
Spectrum Infrared, a
division of A.D.S., said that CN is utilizing its 5-hp railroad track switch
heaters at Victoria Bridge over the St. Lawrence River to ensure that the rail
switches operate reliably and efficiently during the upcoming winter. CN's
Victoria Bridge carries both rail and road traffic, with rails in the middle
and roadways on both sides. The bridge links CN's Montreal operations with its
network in southeastern Quebec and Atlantic Canada.