Recently released budget
projections show that electrification is essential to Caltrain's survival. A
modern, electric-powered railroad will provide quicker, more frequent service,
which will attract more riders and generate more revenue. Revenue is projected
to increase 49 percent by 2019, while operating costs remain flat. The commuter
railroad, which currently uses diesel-powered trains, is facing budget deficit
in the upcoming fiscal year.
The U.S.-U.A.E. Business
Council and the Association of American Railroads will lead a U.S. Commercial
Railroad and Infrastructure Mission to the United Arab Emirates from June 20-24.
The trade mission will allow U.S. companies in the railway technology,
services, operator and infrastructure supply sectors to develop a bi-lateral
railroad and trade relationship between the U.S. and the U.A.E.
TransLink in the
Vancouver, B.C., area continues to restructure itself with an eye to cutting
costs and becoming more efficient. Beginning in 2009, 96 positions have been
eliminated at TransLink or its operating companies, including six executives.
On April 16, CEO Ian Jarvis implemented further changes to the executive
structure, assigning new responsibilities and changing reporting relationships.
CSX Transportation and
National Gateway officials want people to get all aboard and support a series
of projects that will connect East Coast ports to the Midwest using
double-stacked trains, the Daily American reports. About nine projects are
slated for the Somerset County, Pa., region, according to Richard VanOrnum, a
spokesman with National Gateway.
To fans in the stands,
the Twins' new ballpark with all its stone and Kentucky bluegrass looks like
it's all wrapped up and done. Behind the scenes, there's still a scramble under
way to clean up the real estate titles to the jigsaw patchwork of land the
ballpark sits on, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's no small job, as
Target Field sits in one of the oldest parts of a city known for fuzzy property
April 25-29, crews will weld
and replace cross ties on the tracks between the South San Francisco and San
Mateo stations. On April 25, crews resurfaced the tracks between the San
Antonio and Sunnyvale stations.
April 23 marks the beginning
of a series of five weekends of railroad crossing work on Redwood Road at
approximately 8020 South. Utah Transit Authority will be completing crossing
upgrades and new track installation at the location for the new Mid-Jordan TRAX
line. The lane restrictions and closure information for each weekend is given
RailWorks Corporation promoted
Scott Brace to president of its subsidiary, RailWorks Track Systems, Inc., and
William King to vice president of the major projects division of RailWorks
On April 22, the Sound
Transit Board in Metropolitan Seattle updated the preferred alternative for the
East Link light rail project. The preferred alternative was modified to include
a shorter and lower-cost tunnel option in downtown Bellevue, Wash., as well as
a revised at-grade alternative through downtown. Inclusion of the tunnel was
facilitated by the City of Bellevue agreeing to provide up to a $150-million
The North County Transit
District in Southern California is recognizing Earth Day 2010 with an
aggressive sustainability campaign that will yield major environmental benefits
by the end of the year. The two-part program includes extensive solar
improvements at District facilities and challenges the public to ride public
transit at least once a week as part of their personal sustainability goals.