On Feb. 5, MPR President
Bill Kling appeared on his radio network in an attempt to justify his lawsuit
against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light-rail transit project.
Union Pacific will improve
Houston's transportation infrastructure with a $29 million investment to
improve the rail line that runs from Spring, Texas, to the Washington Avenue
Corridor. Work on the 23-mile stretch of railroad tracks will begin on the line
that parallels the Hardy Toll Road February 18. Crews also will make track
improvements to the rail line located along Washington Avenue between downtown
Houston and Hempstead Road.
industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation said that
its Harsco Rail unit has been awarded a new $6-million order from the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for production of Utility Track
Vehicle (UTV) prime movers.
A New Jersey-based company
was awarded a $3.49-million construction contract to rebuild the Long Island Rail
Road rail spur that leads into the Calverton, N.Y., Enterprise Park and hopes
to get working on the railroad in March, local media report. The Riverhead Town
Board awarded the contract to Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson, the
lowest bidder. The highest bid came in at $6.7 million.
a private company has found it uneconomical to maintain rail lines through
Aroostook County, Maine, it would be uneconomical for mills and other major
employers in the region to be left without rail service. This is the dilemma
facing state officials who are currently grappling with a budget shortfall of
nearly $440 million, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
said that he plans meetings today with political and financial institutions in
South Florida that are interested in bringing to life the long-gone
Jacksonville-to-Miami passenger route along Florida East Coast Rail Road
tracks, the St. Augustine Record reports.
Feb. 16-18, between the
hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program. Work will take place at the following locations: Oak
Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame; Main Street and Chestnut
Street In Redwood City; Villa Terrace Avenue and First Avenue in San Mateo; Encinal
Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park;
and Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton.
As swirling snow shrouded
eastern Queens, a yellow-and-black diesel train rumbled on the A subway line
towards the Rockaways, lights flashing, sirens sounding, the New York Daily
News reports. It was the peak of the
near-blizzard. Snowdrifts threatened to force suspension of subway service to
the peninsula. And NYC Transit had called in the artillery.
At a recent meeting, the
Moses Lake, Wash., City Council unanimously approved sending letters to
lawmakers requesting federal funding to purchase a segment (Segment 4) of the
Columbia Basin Railroad line that runs through the City of Moses. As part of
the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, Segment 4 is slated to be vacated
once a new bypass segment (Segment 1) northeast of Moses Lake is built.
UNISIG Consortium (UNISIG) has accepted an application for Associated
Membership from MER MEC S.p.A., with effect from January 1, 2010. MER MEC,
based in Monopoli, Bari, Italy, is a developer and supplier of both onboard and
trackside railway signaling equipment. The company becomes the second new
Associated Member of UNISIG since its formation in 1999.