The long-awaited rail
spur for Custom Polymers in Elm Street Industrial Park in Athens, Ala., has
passed the last hurdle toward construction, the Athens News-Courier reports. On
August 27, the Limestone County Industrial Development Board and Athens City
Council granted a railroad easement to the company and clarified a payment
process utilizing company, city, county and grant funds.
The company, which
leases a city spec building in the park, uses recycled plastic to produce
pellets used in the manufacturing of bottles, clothing, fencing and benches.
Track maintenance on the
Red, Orange and Green lines in the Washington, D.C., area over the weekend of
August 29-30 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one
track. Customers should add at least 30 minutes of time to their trips.
Line Track Maintenance
Metrorail customers traveling between the
Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at
least 30 minutes of travel time to their trips because Metro will make tunnel
repairs and replace rail and rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks.
The launch of the new
Canada Line transit system in Vancouver will mean a key change in customer trip
planning. Because one of the new Canada Line stations is located on Broadway,
concerns have been raised by police, ambulance and fire dispatchers of
potential confusion between Broadway/City Hall and Broadway/Commercial SkyTrain
With the money already in
place to build what likely will be two overpasses and one underpass at three
major rail crossings in Galesburg, Ill., there is more good news, The Register-Mail
reports. The state has applied for about $550 million of federal stimulus
money, $52 million for what Illinois is calling its "Galesburg congestion
The Dakota Minnesota
& Eastern dropped its condemnation lawsuit against several Wyoming
landowners in northeast Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
addition, the DM&E said current regulatory and economic conditions for its
proposed rail expansion into the Powder River Basin coal-mining district are
Sound Transit opened bids
for work that will get under way next year to bore light rail tunnels
connecting Capitol Hill and the existing Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. The
apparent low bid was submitted by JCM U-Link Joint Venture, formed by Jay Dee
Contractors of Livonia, Mich.; Frank Collucio Construction Company of Seattle;
and Michaels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis. Its bid of $153,556,000 came in
12 percent, or $20.7 million, below the Sound Transit engineer's estimate of
BNSF is pushing Congress to
scale back a requirement for carriers to install automatic-braking systems on
most of their tracks, reports Bloomberg News. "Heavy-handed" legislation
enacted last year would cost Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF almost $2 billion,
Chief Executive Officer Matt Rose said.