Last week's flooding at
the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to
pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit,
zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was
under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water
backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.
The Metropolitan Council in
the Twin Cities awarded the second heavy construction contract for the Central
Corridor light rail transit Project to Ames Construction/C.S.McCrossan and gave
Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. the contract to build 41 light-rail
On Monday, August 30, SEPTA
Route 101 and 102 Trolleys will return to normal service after several
extensive federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act construction projects
conclude. For nearly a year, SEPTA replaced regular trolley service with
shuttle buses along portions of the line.
The Port of Coos Bay, Ore.,
received a $7.8-million state grant for rehabilitation of the Coos Bay rail
line, The Oregonian reports. The Connect Oregon grant was announced in
Reedsport by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
August 27-29, the
Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track and platforms and trim weeds on
the Red, Blue and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As
a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a
state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes
Oldcastle Precast provided 980
track feet of its StarTrack® railroad-crossing system for the Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority's four light rail grade-crossing rehabilitation
projects in Cleveland, Ohio. Oldcastle Precast provided design and production
of the 99 precast concrete rail crossing segments, known as the StarTrack®
System, as well as 16 precast, tapered approach slabs to upgrade the four light
rail crossing areas. The installation work performed at each location had to be
completed within a 54-hour time frame to minimize train schedule interruption.
The St. Louis Metro's
Board of Commissioners selected John Nations as its new president and CEO.
A North End train station
project in Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than two decades in the making officially
moved into the first phase of construction on August 24, the Niagara Gazette
Local officials gathered outside the historic U.S. Customhouse near
the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Plaza to break ground on a new Amtrak passenger
rail facility and Underground Railroad interpretive center to be built on the
Advocates for an intermodal
facility to ship agricultural products from Minot, N.D., saw their vision
realized August 23, reports the Minot Daily News. The Port of North Dakota
began unloading containers from a BNSF train that morning with plans to fill
them this week with commodities.
The Delaware River Port
Authority and PATCO have received a nearly perfect review following two days of
intense scrutiny by a Federal Transit Administration compliance reviewer. Twenty-two
areas of compliance were reviewed and the Authority received perfect scores in
21 of those areas.