Beginning April 5,
passengers aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will get a chance to try
out the train's new Wi-Fi system. For the last several months, only a group of
50-volunteer participants have been given access to test the system. Now, the
final test phase is being opened to all passengers for the next 90-days to work
out any remaining bugs in the system.
ENSCO, Inc. announced that
it has received an initial $7.8-million contract for a self-propelled Track
Geometry Vehicle. The contract was awarded by the Washington Metropolitan Area
Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro). The TGV will be a diesel powered rail
vehicle specifically designed to inspect WMATA tracks in order to ensure track
safety on the complete WMATA system. Delivery of the vehicle is scheduled for
March 2012. ENSCO has teamed with Plasser American for this effort, which will
supply the base vehicle.
Stella-Jones Inc. has
completed the acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood
crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition
expands Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie market and
provides the company with coal tar distillation operations. Stella-Jones' North
American wood treating infrastructure now consists of 19 facilities, 11 of
which are located in the United States.
Indiana Southern Railroad,
a RailAmerica Inc. property, has been contracted by the Perry County Port
Authority in Tell City, Ind., to provide management services for the Hoosier
Southern Railroad. ISRR will be responsible for leading all aspects of the rail
operations of HOS - managing safety and training programs; directing sales,
marketing and industrial development efforts; handling purchasing; and managing
the bulk storage facility - while reporting to the Port Authority.
The Alaska Railroad
Corporation (ARRC) released its 2009 Annual Report today, with audited
financial statements showing earnings of $13.9 million on total revenues of
Illinois Secretary of
Transportation Gary Hannig will meet April 1with Union Pacific officials in
Omaha, Neb., to talk about using the freight company's rail line for high-speed
trains heading from Joliet to St. Louis, the Joliet, Ill., Herald reports.
systems are facing unprecedented funding challenges due to widespread declining
state and local revenues, and have been forced to take a number of critical
actions including: raising fares, cutting service, and laying off employees,
according to a new survey released today by the American Public Transportation
MTA Metro-North Railroad has
fully activated Train Time TM system-wide, providing access to train schedules
and on-time status on smart phone devices as well as computer screens for a
total of 96 stations.
A joint Worcester, Mass., City
Council committee has asked CSX Corp. officials if they can modify plans to
double the size of their freight terminal to address increased truck traffic
concerns on lower Grafton Street and the planned closing of Putnam Lane, the
Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.