representatives have suggested that Amtrak reroute a portion of its Los Angeles
to Chicago line through Amarillo, Clovis, N.M., and Wichita, Kan., but
officials with the passenger rail service believe the route's current course is
fine, local media report. Amtrak's Southwest Chief route has experienced delays
because BNSF, which owns some of the lines Amtrak travels on, has imposed a
lower speed limit on 180 miles of tracks running mostly through southern
closings are scheduled for Gurnee and Grayslake, Ill., this month, the
Grayslake Review reports. Beginning at 6 a.m. Oct. 11, Route 173 will be fully
closed at the Canadian Pacific Railway crossing one mile east of Route 41 in
Wadsworth until approximately 4 p.m. Oct. 15. The closure will allow Canadian
Pacific to remove and replace the railroad-crossing grade.
The Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority scheduled repairs for October 9 and 10 at the East
79th Street Station of the Red Line. The station will be closed
Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to perform
maintenance on the stairways.
Canadian Pacific Railway
Limited and Teck Resources Limited reached a 10-year agreement to transport
Teck's steelmaking coal from its five mines in southeast BC to Vancouver area
Los Angeles Metro will
hold four community meetings beginning October 20 to update the public on the
South Bay Metro Green Line Extension project. The purpose of these meetings is
to seek public comments and input as the environmental process continues for
extending rail service farther into the South Bay to improve mobility in
southwest Los Angeles County.
services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation debuted its new
logistics super center business concept for the Harsco Infrastructure -
Americas region with the launch of its first prototype center in Las Vegas to serve
the southwestern United States.
In his first several months
as New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie made it clear that he intended to cut
the state's budget in ways that might surprise and upset some residents. But
one big project - a train tunnel to Manhattan projected to cost $8.7 billion -
appeared safe, according to The New York Times
It won't include an
overpass, but New Albany, Ind., is aspiring to begin improving a portion of
Grant Line Road next year, The Evening News and Tribune reports. The Board of
Public Works and Safety approved a formal agreement with CSX Transportation,
which owns the railroad tracks that cross Grant Line Road near the General
Mills-Pillsbury plant entrance.
The deal basically confirms
that CSXT can begin forming design plans to improve the railroad crossing, with
the city agreeing to pay the planning and construction costs. Due to safety
concerns, CSXT rules that "no one can touch their facilities" except their
crews, said John Rosenbarger, director of public facilities projects for New
The standard agreement "gives
[CSXT] the green light to do whatever engineering work they need to do and to
coordinate with our road engineers," Rosenbarger said.
Improving the railroad
crossing surface and installing new gates and flashers are just some of the
upgrades slated for Grant Line Road. The city will be using a portion of the
$6.125 million it received from the state for taking over 4.5 miles of Ind. 111
in April to foot construction projects from Mount Tabor Road to McDonald Lane
along Grant Line Road. Rosenbarger said that will include adding a lane near
University Woods Drive along with the installation of sidewalks and pedways
along the route.
An August preliminary
design submitted to the board of works called for Grant Line Road to be
stretched to five lanes from Mount Tabor Road inbound to the railroad tracks. The
Indiana Department of Transportation had pegged Grant Line Road for a similar
project until it relinquished control of a portion of the thoroughfare to New
The state had originally
planned a 120-foot overpass to extend over the railroad tracks, but had
scrapped that idea prior to transferring the road to the city's domain.
Mayor Doug England said in
a phone interview he wasn't supportive of the state's overpass idea, describing
it as a "monstrous project for the community."
"I think the overpass would
have been horrendous with the businesses it would have knocked out," he said.
The city will have access
to the right-of-way the state purchased for improvements along the route,
England said. Rosenbarger said additional property will likely have to be
purchased, but the city's project will not have the impact on businesses the
overpass would have created.
England said the
construction would hopefully alleviate some of the traffic flow problems in
that section of Grant Line Road. The city is also working on extending Reas
Lane to connect its industrial parks in the corridor as a way to keep much of
the heavy truck traffic off of the busy thoroughfare.
Rosenbarger said the city
hopes to have design completed by the end of 2010 or early next year, with work
to begin next construction season.
The Chicago Transit Board approved
a three-year contract with Progressive Industries, Inc., to provide the agency
with ‘green' general purpose liquid cleaner and odor elimination concentrate
for use in the cleaning of buses, trains and facilities.
October 8-11, Washington,
D.C., Metro will install a new track switch, repair and upgrade its platforms
and conduct make landscaping repairs on the Blue, Orange, Red and Yellow lines
to improve long-term reliability and service. The track switch on the Blue and
Orange Line that will close the Farragut West, McPherson Square and the lower
level of the Metro Center Metrorail station is work that was recommended by the
National Transportation Safety Board to improve rail safety. There will be no
train service through those stations on the Blue or Orange Lines.