The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted
approval Grade-crossing safety improvements in three communities across the
state. ICC OKed the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates
at the 130th Street grade crossing of BNSF track located near Cameron, Warren
County. The estimated cost to install automatic flashing light signals and
gates is $234,377. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95
percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $222,658. BNSF will
pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and
rail improvement project in Cary, N.C., will construct a new grade-separated
crossing under the railroad near Walker Street, local newspapers report. The
crossing will provide an alternative emergency service connection from south to
north Cary, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Dayton, Ohio, city
officials are in discussions with Norfolk Southern to tear down an abandoned
train trestle bridge now used as a tent-housing complex by the area's homeless,
local newspapers report. Engineers from the city and railway company examined
the bridge that runs over South Patterson Boulevard, just south of Apple
Street, within the last two weeks, city spokesman Tom Biedenharn confirmed. He
said no decision has been made about the bridge's fate.
GO Transit in
metropolitan Toronto is set to start an environmental assessment that will look
at what infrastructure upgrades would be required to expand rail service to the
Niagara Peninsula, including prospective building sites for new rail stations
and potential improvements to the existing rail line. The EA begins the week of
Nov. 16, with completion scheduled for summer 2010.
CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement related to its acquisition of the principal lines of the
former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E) with the Village of
Lake Zurich, Ill., located 37 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. With this
agreement, CN has VMAs with 20 municipalities that are home to two-thirds of
the population living along the EJ&E in Illinois and Indiana.
Administration said MBTA will hire of a diverse group of 15 employees with
funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The new jobs support the
$9-million Fitchburg, Mass., Commuter Rail Line project, funded through the ARRA
stimulus program and part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery
Plan. The Massachusetts Congressional delegation worked with colleagues in
Washington, D.C., to allocate a total of $319 million in recovery funds for
transit projects at the Regional Transit Authorities and the MBTA.
The Dixon administration is
expected to bring two contracts before the Board of Estimates Nov. 18 cementing
its two-year-old accord with CSX Transportation under which the railroad will
pay roughly three-quarters of the cost of replacing two of the city's most
deteriorated bridges, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Wheeling and Lake
Erie Railway Co. is on track to increase train speeds from 25 to 40 mph, and
railroad and public officials are advising motorists to take extra precautions
at crossings. The Gazette in Medina County, Ohio, reports.