U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.)
gathered state, municipal and Congressional representatives and other
stakeholders of the U.S. Northeast Corridor (NEC) to help relaunch an effort to
bring high-speed passenger rail service to the region. Attending the meeting
were various officials and representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware,
Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The top transit official
for President Barack Obama's administration will be in Denver Feb. 5 announcing
major funding for the FasTracks project, the Denver Business Journal reports. Peter
Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, is to join U.S. Senator
Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Phil Washington, the head of
the Regional Transportation District, at Denver Union Station on Friday
Montreal, Maine &
Atlantic Railway said that it has filed a "Notice of Intent" with the
Surface Transportation Board to abandon certain of its lines. This notice is
required by the STB as a preliminary step in the abandonment process. MMA
continues to provide regular rail service and is continuing to work with Maine
DOT in order to find a solution that would permit continued rail operations on
A rusty Missouri River
railroad bridge that came to symbolize the battle between historical tourism
and modern transportation has been saved from demolition due largely to federal
stimulus funds, local newspapers report. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Union
Pacific has agreed to give the old bridge to the central Missouri city of
Boonville, which hopes to convert it for use by hikers and bikers on the Katy
Trail State Park.
Stella-Jones Inc. said
that it has received early termination of the waiting period under the
Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in connection with its
proposed acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation.
Cong. Dan Lipinski
(D-3rd) said that a railroad quiet zone eliminating the sounding of train horns
except in emergencies is expected to take effect in Oak Lawn, Ill., on
Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Southwest News-Herald reports.
The Belt Railway Company
of Chicago is now a subscriber to e-RAILSAFE ShortLine, a unique workforce
management service from e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. that assists shortline and regional
railroad operators with workplace safety/security management.
Work to raise the
historic Santa Fe Depot -- the first step in its renovation for use as an
Amtrak Depot -- should begin this spring n Ft. Madison, Iowa, the Hawkeye
reports. Mayor Steve Ireland has worked four years to make the project a
reality, and hopes renovations will be complete by next spring.
CN plans to establish a new
$100-million CN Calgary Logistics Park in Conrich, located in Rocky View County
north east of Calgary. The 680-acre park is planned to include a
state-of-the-art intermodal terminal with room for customers to co-locate with
CN and custom build their facility in place. The Logistics Park will be
designed to include a multi commodity transload and warehouse facility, an
automotive compound, and a liquid/bulk transload and distribution facility. The
site is strategically located a few miles east of the Calgary Airport, on Twp
Road 250/ McKnight Boulevard, providing fluid access to Stoney Trail and other
The first phase of the
Santa Clara, Calif., Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) BART Extension to
Silicon Valley has been given an overall project rating of "medium" in the Federal
Transit Administration New Starts Annual Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2011,
which was released Feb. 3.