In one of the largest
railroad engineering project in the past century, Norfolk Southern raised the
height of 28 tunnels in the Appalachian Mountains to open the Heartland
Corridor, the fastest, most-direct route for double-stacked freight from the
Port of Virginia to Chicago.
Steel on steel plus speed
equals noise. No doubt about it - sometimes a ride on BART can be noisy. If you've
ever tried to hold a conversation going through the Transbay Tube, you know it
can be difficult to hear.
The track overhaul on the
Red Line that closed the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont
Metrorail stations in the Washington, D.C., area during the three-day Labor Day
weekend was completed successfully and all five stations reopened on time at 5
a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Results are in for the
Helena, Mont., Citizens Council survey on a quiet zone in the city. More than
half of the respondents described noise from trains as a "quality of life issue,"
the Independent Record reports. The majority of people who responded to a Helena
Citizens Council survey this summer supported the idea of using taxpayer money
to implement a quiet zone in the city, saying the sounds of train horns pose
quality of life issues for area residents, especially at night.
Nordco Inc. has
greatly expanded online parts information and resources with the addition of
its popular "All-Inclusive Machine DVD" to the company's Website at www.nordco.com. The online database includes searchable mechanical, electrical and
hydraulic data on all current Nordco Maintenance-of-Way equipment, along with
many of the company's older machines.
The Washington State
Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and BNSF signed an agreement that
ultimately will result in more frequent and more reliable Amtrak Cascades
service between Seattle and Portland.
NJ Transit has applied for
$885 million in new federal funding to pay for renewal and replacement of aging
components of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Trenton, N.J., and
Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, the Times Herald-Record reports.
system is growing up, with light rail starting next May and passenger rail two
years later, the Virginian-Pilot reports. So its connections to each other need
to mature, too. Toward that end, officials envision a $16-million "multi-modal"
transportation center at Harbor Park downtown, where commuters can move between
light rail, passenger rail, bus, ferry, bike and taxi.
President Barack Obama
announced a robust and reformed transportation infrastructure plan on Labor Day
that will focus on fixing America's roads, railways and runways, investing more
wisely, and establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. In response, Building
America's Future released the following statement:
A former Federal Railroad
Administration deputy administrator, Cliff Eby, has been named interim program
director for the California high-speed rail project. The California high-speed
rail project, with an estimated total price tag of $40 billion, envisions
220-mph passenger trains connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles.