The Sound Transit Board's
Capital Committee reached consensus on a recommendation to the full Sound
Transit Board to modify the East Link preferred alternative alignment. East
Link is the 14-mile light rail extension between East King County and Seattle.
Stations are planned for Rainier Avenue in Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and
Overlake in Redmond with service starting in 2020/2021.
bond issue, which must be approved by voters, isn't the best way to keep a
railroad in business, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News. But
given that the railroad owners have threatened to abandon the northern Maine line and that
lawmakers are set to end their annual session, agreeing on a bond package that
includes funds for the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway is the best
readily available way to preserve the transportation link.
Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) and Canadian
Pacific reached a tentative three-year contract. The Memorandum of Settlement
will be sent to the union membership for ratification.
The city of Spokane Valley,
Wash., is using state grant money to protect a handful of drivers from their
own impatience, The Spokesman-Review reports. Too many drivers have been
weaving around railroad crossing arms after they've been lowered at Park Road
just south of Trent Avenue. The result is a dangerous situation for them and
for train crews.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail
Transit (SMART) is an overwhelmingly popular rail initiative in Northern
California, according to an article in The American Surveyor. Measure Q had an
amazing 70-percent support of the two-county (Sonoma-Marin) SMART District.
It wasn't a good day for
Caine Hlavaty, who was ticketed for trying to beat the crossing gates -- and an
oncoming train -- while riding his bike across the tracks in Elmhurst, the Chicago
Tribune reports. Now he was complaining he had missed his bus for work.
collapsed around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Road Station on the Blue Line of
the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The track was not damaged,
but pedestrians cannot board there. The station was shut down immediately, and
the Blue Line ceased operation. On Saturday and Sunday, RTA operated shuttle
buses on the Blue Line, from Shaker Square to the end of the line at the
Warrensville-Van Aken Station.
Work to reconstruct the
pavement and track at the Villa Terrace crossing in San Mateo will begin April
16. The crossing will be closed from 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, until 6:00
a.m. Tuesday, April 20.
The Section of
Environmental Analysis at the Surface Transportation Board issued a draft
environmental assessment on the proposed abandonment of 233 miles of rail line
in the northern Maine counties of Aroostook and Penobscot. The draft review
found that the abandonment of this line could divert onto Maine's highways as
many as an additional 73,344 truck trips per year, consuming an additional 3.3
million gallons of fuel per year.
two-stage borate treatment has been used for years to help increase the life of
a crosstie. Stella-Jones recently developed a new single-stage treatment process
that allows for less handling of the crossties and reduced costs.