After a decade of talks,
Centennial Park in Helena, Mont., is finally whole, the Helena Independent
Record reports. BNSF officially donated a 9.1-acre former Great Northern spur
line to the city last month, prompting an official thank-you from city
commissioners this week.
early 2010, Seattle's Sound Transit will begin construction activities for the future
Capitol Hill light rail station.
Before the station excavation can begin there are some early work activities
that will be taking place over the next several weeks:
In recognition of the
critical importance freight rail transportation offers shippers throughout the
U.S., Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor program has been endorsed by 60
legislators on Capitol Hill as 2010 begins.
Incorporated said that railroad industry veteran Rich Rapposelli has joined its
Surface Transportation and Security Systems organization. Rapposelli recently
spent nine years at Jacobs Engineering where he managed various communications
and physical security programs. Prior to that, he worked 21 years at Amtrak,
where he managed the Communications Control Center and worked as Technical
Director of Communications. Most
recently he was responsible for Program Management on the Delaware River Joint
Toll Bridge Commission Electronic Security and Surveillance security
After enduring the most
brutal year in the history of Bay Area public transit, train and bus operators
are barreling down a track toward bankruptcy, the San Jose, Calif., Mercury
News reports. The near-inevitable result will be costlier and longer commutes
for all, whether they ride or drive.
RailComm has been chosen to
provide a major expansion of its Yard Automation System at Transnet's Ermelo
Yard in South Africa. The automation system will be comprised of the existing
DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) server-based central control
system and 10 new associated outdoor-rated control panels. Per Transnet
requirements, the system operator is in charge of selecting the appropriate
control mode based on desired operating conditions.
Metra officials, U.S. Rep.
Bill Foster, Elburn, Ill., Village President Dave Anderson and other community
leaders marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Elburn Station
on Metra's Union Pacific West Line during a dedication ceremony in Elburn Jan.
Michael Townes, the
embattled CEO of Hampton Roads Transit in Virginia said that he would retire at
the end of September and step down as CEO and president of the agency on Jan.
31, according to the Hampton Roads Daily Press. Townes had been under mounting
pressure to step down after costs of the Norfolk light-rail project, the first
in the state was over budget by nearly $100 million.
Progress Rail Services' Galesburg,
Ill., facility is now rail served. The 11-acre facility, which primarily is
used for processed scrap metal, will now have the ability to receive railcars
for dismantling as well as ship prepared scrap by rail on BNSF, according to Recycling
Today. Progress is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.
Mayor Richard M. Daley,
Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson and Chicago Transit Authority
President Richard L. Rodriguez joined federal, state and city officials Jan. 9 at
the Fullerton rail station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the
completion of 18 station renovations as part of the CTA's $530-million Brown
Line Capacity Expansion Project.