The Association of
American Railroads applauded the Federal Railroad Administration's Preliminary
National Rail Plan and its recognition that freight rail's investment in
infrastructure maintenance and capacity enhancements meets national safety,
reliability and capacity needs.
The VRE Operations Board has
recommended awarding of a contract to Keolis Rail Services America for commuter
rail operations and maintenance services. The contract includes train
operations, locomotive and railcar equipment maintenance and repair, yard
operations and warehouse management. The recommendation is being made to VRE's parent
commissions, the Northern Virginia and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation
Commissions, for consideration at their November 5, 2009, meetings.
San Gabriel Valley leaders
are preparing for a fight Oct. 22, when they'll try to persuade the county
transit authority to include funding for the Gold Line Foothill Extension as a
priority in its long-range transportation plan, the Whittier, Calif., Daily
If you build it, they will
come. But it will cost you a lot of money, reports The Missoulian in Missoula,
Mont. That's the conclusion of an Amtrak report released Oct. 16 on the
possible revival of the North Coast Hiawatha Route through southern Montana. It
notes the potential for nearly 360,000 riders a year. But startup costs are
estimated at a whopping $1.043 billion, "a figure that is subject to
Work on the elevator at
the Northstar Commuter Rail station in Fridley, Minn., is continuing, as us installation
of handrails throughout the station area. Installation of glass for the station
shelters and east and west entrances is complete, while roofing on the station
shelters and east and west entrances continues. Landscape planting on the east
and west sides is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 19. Fence installation
around the station site continues. The majority of electrical work at the
station and the majority of work in the tunnel is completed.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted
approval for installation of new
automatic warning devices at the N.
Chestnut Lane highway-rail grade crossing of the Norfolk Southern track located
in the City of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County.
Amtrak is using $25 million
in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to replace
transformers and other electrical equipment - some of which date to before
World War II - at 40 substations that deliver the power needed to propel
passenger trains on the electrified tracks between New York and Washington,
Auto Truck Group has partnered
with two leading CNG conversion companies to convert Ford and GM work trucks to
operate on CNG (Compressed Natural gas). Their Fort Wayne Fleet and Louisville
Truck Equipment locations now offer CNG conversions for work trucks. Some
market segments would include municipalities, fleets, and utilities.
Incorporated, has acquired gINT Software. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif.,
gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products
since its founding in 1986. The company's newest product, gINT Enterprise,
maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project
reporting and dramatically extended querying power. Offering a powerful and
efficient solution for transportation operations, engineering consultancies,
plants, campuses, and state and federal agencies with vast quantities of
geotechnical data, gINT Enterprise facilitates the valuable reuse of subsurface
mapping information to better serve civil, structural, geotechnical, and
environmental information processes for owner-operators.