Signaling its most forceful
objection yet - and perhaps protracted court battles - Union Pacific has
notified the California high-speed rail authority that it will fight the
state's newest plans to run bullet trains from the South Bay to the Central
Valley, including along Monterey Highway in San Jose, the Mercury News reports.
Canada said that as of May 11, travel times on the Montréal-Ottawa route will
improve with the introduction of new schedules. Trip times will be shortened by
as much as 15 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains
will be changed to better suit customer needs.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
customers can now obtain train fare information via cell phone text message
from CooCoo, the Long Island-based text engine company that has been providing
train schedules and service updates via cell phone at no extra cost beyond the
phone company's standard texting fee.
Sound Transit contractors
will complete final installation of light rail track switch heaters May 14-16
on the main tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance
Facility. Link trains will be delayed starting Friday, May 14th at 10 p.m.
through the start of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.
The Jo-Carroll Depot
Local Redevelopment Authority, LRA, is accelerating plans for development and
jobs at Savanna Depot Park after the federal government agreed to expedite the
property transfers needed for the proposed railcar mall and other development.
J.L. Patterson &
Associates, Inc., a transportation-engineering firm providing engineering
design, construction management and staff augmentation to public and private
sector clientele, as a sub-consultant to David Evans and Associates, Inc., will
be providing engineering design management, track design and structures design
services for the Oregon Department of Transportation's High Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail Project. The scope of work includes National Environmental
Policy Act and Preliminary Engineering Services.
BNSF plans to spend $84
million on track improvements in Wyoming this year, the Casper Star-Tribune
reports. Major projects will include rail, tie and surfacing work, BNSF
spokesman Gus Melonas said.
Houston METRO President
& CEO Frank J. Wilson has resigned. The METRO Board of Directors accepted
his resignation at a Special Board meeting, May 7. As part of the resignation,
the Board authorized Chairman Gilbert Garcia to sign a Mutual Termination and
General Release agreement with Wilson. This agreement is posted on METRO's Web
Multinational railway signaling
and train control provider Invensys Rail has appointed former Network Rail
director Nick Crossfield as its new managing director for its Northern Europe
division. He takes the helm of the division in June and succeeds Mark Wild who
has been acting managing director since November 2009.
According to a notice
published in the May 10 Federal Register, the Federal Railroad Administration
is proposing to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety
Standards applicable to high-speed and high- cant-deficiency train operations
in order to promote the safe interaction of rail vehicles with the track over
which they operate.