Recent reports indicate that manufacturing in the United States is ready to rebound. Factory orders in certain sectors are showing their sharpest uptick in almost five years.
Vietnamese legislators rejected a proposed bullet train over its $56 billion cost - the assembly's first rejection of a major proposal submitted by the all-powerful Communist government, the Associated Press reports.
The first tentative steps
toward building an ore haul railway to the James Bay Lowlands began this past
winter, Northern Ontario Business reports. Helicopters moved drills into place
as geologists tested frozen riverbanks north of Nakina, taking core samples to
determine where bridges can be built to haul ore from a chromite open pit in
the Far North's ‘Ring of Fire' exploration camp.
Elected officials closed of
a $100-million deal with CSX Corp. to launch commuter rail service to the South
Coast and increase service for Central Massachusetts commuters, the Telegram
and Gazette reports. The agreement, announced by the governor and other
officials, allows the state to buy more than 30 miles of track from Taunton to
the Fall River and New Bedford area, which is crucial to passenger service.
BART has completed the
Final Program Environmental Impact Report (FPEIR) for an extension between the
Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The FPEIR consists
of a "Response to Comments" (Volume 2), which publishes BART's
replies to public comments about the project together with the previously
issued Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Volume 1). Both volumes of the
FPEIR are now available.
(The following statement
was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High
Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker
communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this
subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad
security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage
of the freight railroad workforce about security.
Alaska Railroad Corp. has
received a permit from state regulators to spray the herbicide AquaMaster (key
ingredient Glyphosate) and Agri-Dex, a substance to help spread it, along 30
miles of track between Seward and Indian, Seward City News reports. The
railroad has not used chemical weed control for the past 26 years due to
widespread public opposition and an inability to obtain the needed permits. The
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit is for two years. But
earlier this month six Alaska environmental groups and the Native Village of
Eklutna intervened to delay DEC from activating the permit. The groups are
hoping that the agency will reverse its decision altogether.
California, the top
recipient of funds from President Barack Obama's high-speed rail program,
expects to issue a tender for a bullet-train line linking Los Angeles and San
Francisco by late 2011, BusinessWeek reported.