Amtrak has added special
stops in Michigan City, Ind., on three Wolverine Service trains during selected
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, through November 8. This is in response to the
construction-related shut down of South Shore Line commuter rail service east
of Gary, Ind., on those dates.
Rudy Boutot, a leathery
veteran of the logging trade, is the only one of 11 siblings who chose to
remain in jobs-challenged Aroostook County, Maine, the Boston Globe reports.
But in all his 66 years, Boutot said, he has never seen the economy this bad.
Jacobs Engineering Group
Inc. received a contract from Network Rail to progress the development of a
major rail infrastructure project at Stockley Flyover in west London. Officials
did not disclose the contract value.
Efren Alcala has been named
a supervising engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In
his new position, Alcala will initially be responsible for the design of
plumbing and fire protection systems for the East Side Access project, which is
extending The Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal.
The Village of Leipsic,
Ohio, was awarded a $3.5-million grant to assist in developing its 244-acre
industrial site served by three railroads, the Putnam County Sentinel reports.
a Leipsic Council meeting, Leipsic Mayor Kevin Benton and village administrator
Kevin Lammon informed council members that the village has been selected to
receive this grant.
As Fresno's population
grows, so does its traffic congestion, especially in bustling areas such as
downtown, the Fresno Business Journal reports. For many, it is apparent that a
streetcar system, reminiscent of the one Fresno residents used up until the
late 1930s, will be the key to curbing the flow of traffic in the future while
bringing visitors and economic stimulation to the city's core.
Joliet's new CenterPoint
Intermodal opened the week of August 2, a milestone for a project that will
make Will County, Ill., a major port for consumer goods coming in and out of
the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Beneath a 115-year-old
SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more
money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to
prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter
to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come
up with at least $472 million more for transportation.
The best and safest way for
fast-speed rail service to roll into downtown Raleigh is to hop onto tracks
being used by Norfolk Southern, both a citizen advisory task force and city
staff told Raleigh's City Council, the News Observer reports.
Following a productive
meeting late the week of July 26, Amtrak and the Lancaster County Planning
Commission (LCPC) said that issues surrounding the renovation of the Lancaster
Station have been resolved and the project is moving forward as planned. As a
result of the meeting, it was determined that no additional funds beyond Amtrak's
estimate of $1.7 million provided to the LCPC in 2008 will be needed for Amtrak's