Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation said they have been granted early
termination of the mandatory waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino
Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with the
previously announced Berkshire acquisition of BNSF. This regulatory action is
an important step in satisfying the closing conditions as set forth in the
merger agreement. BNSF and Berkshire continue to expect the transaction to
close in the first quarter of 2010.
Starting Dec. 7, Sound
Transit contractors will begin smoothing the surface of the light rail tracks
between Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The work will impact evening light rail
service through the end of the month. The work is expected to reduce the
high-pitched noise some residents near the tracks have expressed concern about.
It was a high-tech feat
more than a year in the making - all leading up to a moment that came with a
fairly simple act.
Lattes flow for commuters
at Tinley Park's $5-million Metra station, an architectural gem. But the only
thing flowing at Cicero's dreary train stop is the rainwater that blows through
the corrugated-metal shelter, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Construction to replace
the 80-year old Vandeventer Bridge in St Louis will result in the closure of
Vandeventer Avenue for approximately two months, beginning on December 7. Recognizing
that Vandeventer Avenue is a major thoroughfare for area commuters, Metro has
partnered with the City of St. Louis to plan a detour to keep traffic flowing
through that area while work to replace the bridge continues.
Enough people would board a
train in the Phoenix area's suburbs that a future commuter-rail system would be
as popular as some of the busiest lines in the West, new studies have found, The
Arizona Republic reports. A trio of yearlong rail studies, in nearly final
form, indicates commuter rail could carry almost 18,000 passengers a day by
2030. Planners at the Maricopa Association of Governments say, based on the
findings, they favor a 105-mile, X-shaped system that could feature 33 stations
and cost roughly $1.5 billion. That's a little more than the Valley's 20-mile,
light-rail starter line. The commuter-rail network would use existing freight
track through downtown Phoenix, with lines from Queen Creek to Buckeye and from
Chandler to Wittmann. The northeast Valley, whose light-rail line lacks
funding, would remain without commuter rail.