The NJ TRANSIT Board of
Directors authorized a major pedestrian and traffic circulation improvement
project at Newark Penn Station that will enhance safety, reduce vehicular
congestion, strengthen the historic facility's connection to an increasingly
vibrant downtown business and entertainment district and create an estimated
Train service on five MTA
Long Island Rail Road South Shore branches will be affected during the weekend
of October 24 and 25 as work is completed on a major signal and switch
modernization project in the Valley Stream area. The work will require a
48-hour suspension of train service through Valley Stream. Customers using the
Babylon, Montauk, Far Rockaway, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches will
take buses for all or part of their trips and other trains will be diverted. To
avoid delays, customers are advised to use North Shore branches this weekend.
Unaffected lines include the Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port
Washington and Ronkonkoma (west of Ronkonkoma) Branches.
CSX Transportation began
operating a railroad hub in Bessemer, Ala., the week of Sept. 14 without any of
the hullabaloo that a planned Norfolk Southern hub has stirred up down the
tracks in McCalla, Ala., according to the Birmingham News. CSXT received the
first train Sept. 14 at the $6-million container-loading terminal on 25 acres
in the Interstate Industrial Park.
DRPA CEO and PATCO
President John J. Matheussen said there will be two open houses in Philadelphia
on an Alternatives Analysis for expanding transit to Philadelphia's Waterfront.
The first open house is scheduled for September 22 and the second will be held
on September 30. Identical information will be posted at both open houses.
The village of Park Forest,
Ill., and Canadian National Railway have reached an agreement on mitigation
measures related to CN's recent acquisition of the old EJ&E Railroad, but
not all residents are happy with the deal, the Southtown Star reports.The Park Forest Village
Board approved the agreement, under which CN will give the village more than $7
million to help with traffic congestion, noise, and other issues stemming from
the EJ&E deal.
A regional transportation
board voted to support a rail company initiative to significantly expand
freight capacity in the busy Washington train corridor, according to The
Washington Post. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments'
Transportation Policy Board approved a letter supporting federal grant
applications to help pay for $160 million in freight network improvements for
rail giant CSX Transportation. The board plays a key role in setting regional
Unit Rail, the rail fastening
division of Amsted Rail, named Thai Nguyen design engineer, responsible for the
design, test and manufacturability of fastening components for the company's
end users in both the freight and transit railroad segments.
SEPTA is celebrating the
end of an historic project - the reconstruction of the Market-Frankford
Subway-Elevated Line. A fixture of mass transit in the region, SEPTA's busiest
and oldest heavy rail line has been fully modernized through a series of
The NJ TRANSIT Board of
Directors approved a study that explores the feasibility of extending
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service farther west in Jersey City. The Board
approved a $251,000 contract with AKRF, Inc., for consultant services in
support of the first phase of an alternatives analysis for the extension of the
light rail line. The line would extend from its current western terminus at
West Side Avenue Station across Route 440 to a redevelopment zone along the