A short-line railroad
operator that lost a bid last year to operate the restored Piedmont &
Northern Railroad in Gaston County, N.C., is back with another proposal, the
Gaston Gazette reports. Bill Gray, president of
Carolina Central Railway, could not come to terms with transportation officials
on a lease agreement last year. But Gray said he plans to bid again on the
state's latest request to find a long-term operator for the P&N Railroad.
Some Ramsey, Minn.,
residents living near railroad tracks should be sleeping a little better, the
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Two of the city's five rail crossings have
been designated quiet zones where engineers no longer must sound train horns as
they approach. The zones, which went into effect late last month, will extend
more than a mile from Sunfish Lake Boulevard west along the BNSF tracks to
At least three parties
have expressed interest in purchasing the city of Keokuk's swing-span railroad
bridge, which connects the southern Iowa town to Hamilton, Ill., the Burlington
Hawkeye reports. After years of searching for a company willing to buy the
bridge, city officials find the abrupt attention to the structure to be a
refreshing change of events.
Dean Del Mastro,
Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Chairman of the All Party Rail Caucus
Parliamentary Group, on behalf on Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport),
and VIA's Senior Director, Real Estate, Magdy Fahmy announced the construction
of a new station and rail line upgrading for Smiths Falls, Ont. Made possible
by the Government of Canada's investments of close to C$21 million for major
rail infrastructure work, the projects will increase and improve the safety,
frequency and speed of passenger rail service all along VIA's busy
Toronto-Ottawa route. MP Del Mastro and Senior Director Fahmy were joined at
the announcement by Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples and Canadian Pacific Vice-President of Government Affairs Michael Murphy.
Since the Federal Transit
Administration's approval of $900 million in "new starts" funds to
complete the financial package for construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles
Corridor Metrorail Project in northern Virginia in March 2009, construction has started all along
the 11-mile alignment from East Falls Church to Reston. More than 95 percent of the
construction of manholes and duct banks necessary for relocating the 21 utilities
in the Route 7 alignment area has been completed. Some overhead power lines
have been permanently removed and utility crews are now working in those
manholes underground to connect the new lines.
The federal agency in
charge of $8 billion in economic stimulus spending on high-speed-rail projects
doesn't have the staff or expertise to properly oversee the money, government
investigators and congressional critics say. USA Today reports that the Federal
Railroad Administration, whose main job until now had been keeping freight and
passenger railroads safe, awarded the high-speed-rail grants in January --
months later than planned.
the rail link between Aroostook County and the rest of the state to disappear
would be economically devastating to the region. But, with limited resources,
the state isn't in a good position to operate a financially troubled rail line,
according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.
Kansas City Southern said
that it has acquired the Puerta Mexico intermodal facility at Toluca in the State
of Mexico. Later this month, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
(KCSM) will add direct train service from Lazaro Cardenas to Puerta Mexico,
providing Mexico City import and export shippers with a service alternative
featuring improved consistency and reliability and better transit times.
Union Pacific will improve
Seattle's transportation infrastructure with a $5.7-million investment to enhance
its track from Seattle to Fife, Wash. Running generally parallel to Interstate
5, this section of Union Pacific track is critical to the movement of goods in
Washington and helps keep local and regional economies competitive. The project
is under way and will continue through the middle of 2010.