Public safety around
railroad operations is best promoted when there is participation from everyone
involved. In public-private partnerships with Operation Lifesaver, the
Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company is
doing its part to promote safety at public grade crossings for motorists,
pedestrians and the railroad operation.
(The following opinion
article, "Rail upgrade needed for passenger service, not freight,"
was written by Joseph Bateman and appeared Nov. 4, 2009, in the Springfield,
Ill., State Journal-Register. Bateman is vice president for public affairs of
Contrary to the headline
and opinions expressed in the Oct. 25 article "High-speed rail spending to be a
boon to freight rail companies," Union Pacific does not need for its freight
operations the improvements contained in IDOT's proposal for high-speed
passenger service in the St. Louis-to-Chicago corridor.
Work crews with heavy
equipment were busy Nov. 3 repairing the historic Piedmont & Northern Railroad
off of Ozark Avenue in Gastonia, but while the restoration of the rail line is
moving ahead, the project's bottom line still has obstacles to overcome,
according to the Gaston Gazette.
The South Shore is
extending its temporarily bus busing of passengers between South Bend and
Michigan City, Inc., including Hudson Lake, through Friday, November 6 due to
further flooding problems at the Galena River project.
of Neosho, Mo., has no recourse other than to close two railroad crossings,
City Attorney Steve Hays told the council Nov. 3, The Neosho Daily News reports.
Mayor Pro Tem Richard Davidson asked the council to authorize Hays to speak
to the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City Southern Railway
Company to see what alternatives there were, if any, to closing crossings at
Daugherty Road and Park Street. Essentially, Hays told the council that they
had no alternatives.
Amtrak is launching a
newly designed Amtrak.com, with a number of features to make it even easier for
customers to book tickets online. The enhanced Web site has a fresh new look
and feel with updated and reorganized content and functionality.
Norfolk Southern and the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are investing $11 million in the railroad's
Philadelphia Navy Yard intermodal facility to expand track and parking
capacity. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern's multi-state Crescent
Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route
between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The proposed investment -- $6 million
from Norfolk Southern and $5 million from Pennsylvania -- will create the
capacity to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.