(The following column,
"Don't let this opportunity slip away: Keep Hudson rail tunnel project on
track," was written by Martin E. Robins and appeared Sept. 23, 2010, in
the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger. Robins is director emeritus of the Alan M.
Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, was the original project
director of Access to the Region's Core from 1994 through 1998.) No one can blame Gov. Chris
Christie for his 30-day moratorium on the Access to the Region's Core project,
the enormous undertaking to build a new passenger rail tunnel under the Hudson
River. But he must do everything in his power not to let this extraordinarily
valuable public works project slip away over exaggerated fears of future costs
that may never materialize.
Continuing to emphasize the
priority of safety, Washington, D.C., Metro's Customer Service, Operations and
Safety Committee has recommended that the full Board of Directors establish a
Safety and Security Committee and that the Board also adopt a new mission
statement that clearly places safety at the forefront of the transit agency.
actions serve to demonstrate the transit agency's commitment to safety as its
top priority and address a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety
Board for increased safety oversight by the Metro Board, which is expected to
vote on the recommendations at its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 30.
Though the local permitting
process for the project seemingly crawls along, officials at CSX Transportation
are hopeful that their $100-million plan to expand the company's freight yard
behind Union Station will be completed by 2012, the Telegram reports.
Rotted wood was the only
thing holding the rails together, the San Angelo Standard Times reports. Now
government entities have secured funds to put in new railroad ties, new
railroad crossings, new rails and a new bridge, with construction having
already begun near downtown San Angelo, Texas.
An upgrade to the railway
signal system near Rahway, N.J., Station will have a major impact on weekend
rail commuters, NJToday reports.
Adrian Share and Conrad
Blankenzee have joined HNTB Corporation to work in the firm's growing
high-speed rail practice in Florida. HNTB, in a joint partnership with Wilbur
Smith Associates, was selected by the Florida Department of Transportation in
March 2010 as the program manager for passenger rail in the state of Florida,
primarily the link between Tampa and Orlando.
The historic Union Depot in
St. Paul, Minn., is on the road to restoration, the Star-Tribune reports. The
Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority on Sept. 21 approved a $149-million
construction contract for the renovation and transformation of the building
into a transportation hub. The vote was 6 to 1, with Commissioner Janice
Harsco Corporation said two
follow-on orders in its Harsco Rail track maintenance business group are valued
at more than $15 million and that both of them continue Harsco's strong
presence in providing specialized rail grinding equipment and services to
leading U.S. and international railways.
crews have been a thorn in the side of Pittsburg, Kan., drivers for about a
month, blocking some streets for up to a week at a time, The Morning Sun reports.
And those drivers could have to wait a few more days before the repair crews
have finished their job.
Mike Cory, CN Rail's
senior vice-president in the Western Region, attended the Prince Rupert, B.C.,
and District Chamber of Commerce lunch to speak about the bright future of
Prince Rupert's Port, and made a donation on behalf of CN to the Prince Rupert
Heritage Advisory Committee for the Pillsbury House, The Northern View reports.