Norfolk Southern Corp.
expects to learn next month whether the U.S. Department of Transportation will
provide it with a $300-million stimulus grant as the company works to complete
a $2.5-billion rail project, Northern Virginia Daily reports.
According to government forecasts, freight volumes
in the United States will significantly increase by 2020. Unless major
transportation infrastructure improvements are made, this could lead to reduced
productivity resulting in job losses, higher prices for the goods we buy and
reduced worldwide demand for the goods we sell. The National Gateway - an $842-million
multi-state public-private infrastructure initiative - will help meet current
infrastructure needs and prepare the nation for this projected growth by
investing in surface transportation infrastructure improvements.
(The following opinion
piece by Alfred Doblin appeared in The Record in Northern New Jersey.) Last
week, Governor-elect Chris Christie met with The Record's editorial board.
During the meeting, he was asked about transportation projects and the
possibility of a gas tax to help keep the Transportation Trust Fund solvent.
Mapping the route of a
proposed high-speed passenger train between the Twin Cities and Chicago will
take a year or more, a Minnesota transportation official said, according to
local newspapers. Dan Krom, who made a presentation to Washington County commissioners,
said as many as eight routes are under study. One of them, which the
commissioners favor, would follow the existing Amtrak route, known in planning
circles as Red Rock, through southern Washington County and eastern Dakota
you might take the train for holiday travel in the future might well depend on
a $200-million request for federal funds. Missouri Transportation Director Pete
Rahn says people are being drawn to rail travel for reasons other than saving
money on fuel, local media report.
The city of Inver Grove
Heights, Minn., has received a couple of mighty big gifts totaling $1.4 million
in grant money to convert a historic swing bridge into a 670-foot public pier
over the Mississippi River, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. And now, as
they're getting ready to seek contractors to do the work, city officials say
they're expecting that bids could come in 20 to 40 percent lower than
anticipated by engineers -- thanks in part to highly competitive bidding during
tough economic times.
The recent sale of the
Chamberlain, S.D.-based Dakota Southern Railway Company could result in lower
shipping prices for area producers served by the line, according to its new
owners, the Daily Republic reported. Mike Williams and Stan Patterson, who
purchased the line, met in Chamberlain with the Mitchell-Rapid City Regional
Rail Authority and laid out the broad strokes of a multi-year rebuilding plan.
New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber
and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder lauded
the completion of the first phase of the Number 7 subway extension at the
Hudson Yards in Manhattan. The second of two tunnel boring machines has reached
the southern wall of the 34th Street Station cavern after mining a combined
2,900 feet from their starting point at 26th Street under 11th Avenue. The
$2.1-billion project, funded by the City and managed by the MTA, will help
transform the Hudson Yards vicinity into a vibrant 24-hour neighborhood,
containing a mix of commercial, residential, retail, open space and
The Port of
Seattle Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding with King County and
BNSF that will result in the Port's acquisition and receipt by donation of the
42-mile Eastside rail corridor in King and Snohomish counties from the
railroad. Acquisition of the southern corridor for the public is one of the
largest and most significant in the history of the federal rail-banking
Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc.,
an Oshkosh Corporation company, has expanded its manufacturing operations into
McIntire, Iowa, by opening a new facility to handle its increased welding
activities. The plant opening created about 40 welding jobs. IMT has also hired
more welders at its main facility in Garner, Iowa.