The Maine state
legislature is now involved in the effort to save 240 miles of railroad tracks
in Aroostook and Northern Penobscot Counties from being abandoned, according to
local media. Representative Ken Theriault has introduced a bill that would put
a $20 million bond issue to voters to buy the rail line owned by Montreal Maine
and Atlantic Railway.
Amtrak said that the
replacement of the Niantic River Bridge would begin March 1. Town officials are
making preparations by closing a section of the boardwalk, The Day reports. The
eastern portion, which begins at the wooden boardwalk section and continues to
the bridge area, will be closed until further notice.
Virginia Railway Express is
expected to award a $2.5 million contract Feb. 19 to a firm that will study the
environmental impact of extending the commuter rail line to Gainesville and
Haymarket, Va., local media report.
On Feb. 16, a four-level
parking structure opened at Whitby, Ont., GO Station offering customers 1,400
covered parking spaces and increasing the total to over 3,000 parking spots at
The downtown Tulsa,
Okla., area is now a quiet zone for train horns, officials said. The
"quiet zone," or Downtown Sealed Corridor Project, which consists of
five extended railroad crossings, requires railroad operators to not blow their
horns in designated downtown areas except in emergency instances, the Tulsa
Officials are calling it
Laurinburg's not-so great train robbery, The Laurinburg, N.C., Exchange
reports. Someone stole about 800 feet of railroad beams and caused several
train cars to derail. The accident occurred on some tracks between McFarland
and Shaw Currie roads.
Beginning February 20 BART
will need to run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a single track
due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa Crossover
Project. Single-tracking will take place on weekends only and BART expects to end
this work in mid-May. Single-tracking trains may result in slight delays of up
to 10 to 15 minutes on weekend trains going toward Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.
Track maintenance on the
Orange Line in the Washington, D.C., area Feb. 19-2 will cause inbound and
outbound trains to take turns sharing one track.
Association of American Railroads President and CEO
Edward R. Hamberger said that freight railroads are at a critical point in
their history as the industry is facing new challenges from over-burdensome
federal regulatory mandates that could seriously undercut the industry's
ability to aid in U.S. economic recovery