The new Caltrain Mission
Bay crossing in San Francisco opened Oct. 7. The crossing will provide access
to Mission Bay residential neighborhoods and eventually, to the UCSF Mission
Bay campus from the west side of The City. The grade crossing is wider than
most because it crosses three tracks instead of the usual two tracks. There is
a pedestrian crossing on the south side of the grade crossing that includes
safety gates with emergency swing gates, tactile warning strips, sidewalks and
pavement markings. There is no pedestrian crossing on the north side of grade
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold five community meetings in
October and November to discuss potential subway stations for the Westside Subway
This month, Denver's
Regional Transportation District is marking the 15th anniversary of light rail
opening in the metro area. Since RTD opened the 5.3-mile Central Light Rail
Line October 7,1994, RTD's 35-mile light rail system has carried nearly 150
million passenger trips. The light rail network carries an average of about
60,000 passenger trips every weekday, ahead of ridership projections. All four
of RTD's light rail lines were built on time and on budget, and each exceeded
IBM said the Long Island Rail Road will deploy IBM Maximo
software to manage and maintain approximately 1,180 rail cars, locomotives and
their associated components to improve operations and passenger safety. As part
of a project, expected to be completed in 2012, IBM will assist the LIRR in
expanding its asset management system to include facilities, bridges, tunnels
and linear assets such as rail.
Various construction crews
are working on the last 13 miles of railroad track in the New Mexico Rail
Runner Express corridor replacing the train's current system of signals with a
new Centralized Traffic Control System. The CTC will assist train dispatchers
in moving trains more efficiently, thus enhancing the safety of the corridor
while also improving on-time performance for the New Mexico Rail Runner
A rail project set to start
construction In November will let the Port of Vancouver better handle long
trains and reduce delays as it loads and unloads cargo, port officials say. The
Terminal 5 project, currently out to bid, will add nearly seven miles of track
on recently acquired port property, the Daily Journal of Commerce reports.
Los Angeles Metro will hold five
community meetings in October to update the community on the findings of the
Alternative Analysis Study for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor. The
study, launched in September 2008, is examining potential transit service along
the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision.
Railroad Division has recently earned praise in the UK. The company's best
selling product, SpikeFast,
won first place in the "Change Challenge Cup," a competition put on by Platform magazine.
(The following editorial
appeared on the Charleston Daily Mail Website.)
Americans have read a lot
of negative news in the past few years about the economy of the nation they love.
It would be easy to become discouraged and pessimistic.