The U.S. Surface
Transportation Board denied a petition filed by The Regional Answer To Canadian
National (TRAC) coalition last week, local newspapers report. The TRAC petition
was in response to Canadian National's recent request for track rights
exemptions to allow the company to change the flow of freight train traffic on
17 Chicago area rail lines, including the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad.
L.B. Foster Company has
been awarded a $3.9-million transit rail products stimulus-funded contract for
the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Fern Rock Yard Track
Renewal Project. New York City-based contractor Railworks Track Systems, Inc.
is replacing track and contact rail installations dating from 1928 in
Philadelphia's Fern Rock Yard with a wide range of transit products sourced
from L.B. Foster.
Utah Transit Authority will
begin major earthwork activities in the I-80 corridor in preparation for laying
new rail on the Airport TRAX line. The new line will extend TRAX service from
downtown Salt Lake City to Salt Lake International Airport.
Weekend track work will
close three Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia
throughout the Labor Day weekend.
The Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations will be closed from 9:30
p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to closing, (midnight) Monday, Sept. 7. These stations
will reopen at 5 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Metrorail riders in Virginia who
are planning to ride the Blue or Yellow lines will need to transfer to a free
shuttle bus if they want to pass through Pentagon City, Crystal City or the
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations because Metro
officials will be conducting track work between the Pentagon and Braddock Road
Metrorail stations throughout the holiday weekend. Regular service will resume
when the Metrorail system opens on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8.
Kansas City Southern is
promising action after receiving complaints from the Bossier City, La., Council
that its railroad crossings are damaging vehicles, according to local
City officials hear a lot
of complaints from residents who hear too much noise from train horns, the Longmont
Times-Call reports. In fact,
Longmont City Councilwoman Sarah Levison calls it "Sleepless in Ward 2." But
the only way the city could put a hush on train horns through Longmont is by
developing "quiet zones" at the 17 BNSF crossings in the city - a project that
city officials have never fully studied.
The next phase of DART Rail
will be the return of rail service to Deep Ellum, Baylor, Fair Park and South
Dallas after an absence of more than 50 years and will bring new opportunities
for development and offer new destinations to thousands of new passengers when
the first four stations of the 20-station, 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) Green Line open on September 14.
Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration achieved a crucial
milestone: it beat the September 1 deadline to provide all states and local
communities 50 percent of their Recovery Act transit formula dollars. In fact,
FTA provided nearly 90 percent of its $7.5-billion transit stimulus money to
states and local communities. FTA is managing an additional $900 million in
discretionary funds for New Starts projects, the Greenhouse Gas and Energy
Reduction and Tribal Transit programs and oversight for a total of $8.4