Although it has been a part
of our lives for more than 150 years, public transportation is one of the key
investments to create jobs as we address the new emerging green economy, according
to the American Public Transportation Association as it released a new report Oct.
23. With previous research showing public transit's significant contribution to
reducing greenhouse gases, the report, "Economic Impact of Public
Transportation Investment," demonstrates how increased investment in public
transportation provides good green jobs, wages and business income in
industries that have been particularly hit hard by the economic downturn.
BMWED National Division
President Freddie Simpson convened a meeting Oct. 21 for the purpose of
reviewing membership surveys and finalizing bargaining demands that will be
served on the nation's freight railroads in November. The national contract
with most freight railroads will expire January 1, 2010 and the next round of
bargaining will begin.
North County Transit
District leaders in the San Diego area floated the idea of refusing to pay for
an expensive and federally mandated rail safety program, then did a quick
about-face when they learned such a move could shut down the district's coastal
railway, the North county Times reports. In the end, the district's board voted
8-1 to pay for a $332,728 study of how to install positive train control. The
required safety technology could cost NCTD anywhere from $27 million to $90
million. To put that in perspective, as board member and Solana Beach City
Councilman Dave Roberts did, $90 million is about the size of NCTD's entire
On October 22, railway
control and communications systems provider Invensys Rail, Brazilian
engineering company Montagens e Projetos Especiais (MPE) and Spanish telecoms
specialists Infoglobal have signed a milestone $418-million contract to upgrade
the Signaling and ATC on lines 8, 10 and 11 of São Paulo's rapidly developing
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues in Burlingame, Menlo Park and Atherton. Throughout
the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open.
Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.
Unitrac Railroad Materials,
Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty
trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received the
contract to supply 72 panelized turnouts for the Evansville Western Railway project
located in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. elected Douglas R. Oberhelman to the
offices of Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - Elect, effective January
1, 2010. Oberhelman, 56, currently serves as Group President of Caterpillar
with responsibility for the company's engine and gas turbine businesses, human
services, rail services and remanufacturing divisions. As Vice Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer - Elect, Oberhelman will take on the additional
responsibilities of managing the leadership transition and updating the company's
North Coast Railroad
Authority Chairman, Allan Hemphill said that $40 million in repairs to 62 miles
of the Northwestern Pacific railway between Napa County and Windsor have been
completed. He said Federal Railroad Administration inspection of the repairs to
trackway, crossing signals, and bridges between Windsor in Sonoma County and
the national rail interchange (Lombard), located North of American Canyon in
Napa County, will take up to 90 days.
Global Rail Systems, Inc.,
a Marlin, Texas-based railroad automation company, said that Vossloh has
acquired a majority interest in the company, effective October 16, 2009. Vossloh
is a global player in the rail technology markets. The acquisition of Global
Rail Systems complements Vossloh's three other U.S.-owned companies: Vossloh
Track Material (formerly Pohl Corp.), Cleveland Track Material, Inc., which
manufacture track switches, and Vossloh Fastening Systems America Corp., based
in Chicago. Under terms of the agreement, Global's management will remain in
A recent study by the
SouthEast Commuter Rail Development Board confirms what Crete, Ill., Mayor
Michael Einhorn said he's known for years: that commuter rail service to the
southeast suburbs is necessary, according to the Southtown Star.