BNSF opened its Memphis
Intermodal Facility for an advance look by members of its customer advisory
board. The more than $200-million expansion is in its final phases of work.
When fully operational in 2010, the expanded facility will have double the
capacity, reduce emissions and improve air quality. The BNSF Memphis Intermodal
Facility spans 185 acres and will have the capacity to handle one million lifts
per year at full build out.
L.B. Foster Co.
has won a $2.7-million contract to supply rail fasteners, trackwork and new
rail to the Allegheny County Port Authority Light Rail System's 1.2-mile North
Shore Connector. Then new light rail corridor will travel in two bored tunnels
beneath the Allegheny River to connect Pittsburgh's city center (Gateway Subway
Station) with North Shore neighborhoods.
As part of his
Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Governor
Patrick said the Salem commuter parking facility would move forward thanks to a
full funding commitment from the state.
Opening a new rail gateway
for double-stacked containers is taking place across southern West Virginia 20
grueling feet at a time, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Every weekday,
Norfolk Southern shuts down a portion of its main line between the East Coast
and the Midwest so crews can raise the roofs in the line's tunnels.
Secretary Ray LaHood had a simple message for the Florida Senate: Get behind
the planned SunRail commuter train in Central Florida, or forget about the
state winning $2.5 billion in federal money for a high-speed train linking
Orlando with Tampa, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Pennsylvania has applied
for $3.1 billion in federal stimulus funds to build high-speed railroad
projects, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Continuing its pursuit of a
portion of the $8 billion available through the ARRA High Speed Intercity
Passenger Rail Program, the Washington State Department of Transportation
applied for more than $1.3 billion in ARRA stimulus funds for the Pacific
Northwest Rail Corridor.
Helping freight trains move
quicker and reducing the time motorists spend waiting for trains to pass are
goals of a $26-million federally funded project announced Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times
reports. Plans were unveiled to add a third main rail line over about three
miles in Blue Island and Alsip, Ill., easing congestion in the busy south
The imminent reactivation
of an old railroad route through Gastonia could mean that one or more local
street crossings will be closed to vehicular traffic, the Gaston Gazette
reports. The state-run N.C. Rail Co. wants to eliminate two crossings to reduce
safety concerns and avoid the cost of installing safety devices along the old
Piedmont and Northern railway.