Unit Rail, the rail
fastening division of Amsted Rail, appointed John Stout director of sales, responsible
for sales and marketing activities in North America for both the Unit Rail and
Advanced Track Products brands.
The governor's office
remains hopeful that Iowa and Illinois will secure funding to establish a passenger
rail route from Iowa City to Chicago when federal dollars are handed out next
month, the Iowa City Press Citizen reports.
Union Pacific is investing
nearly $9 million to improve the rail line from Ogallala, Neb., to near
Cheyenne, Wyo. Work on two projects covering more than an 85-mile stretch of
railroad track began August 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.
One section is between west of Ogallala to Julesburg, Neb., and the second
project is west of Sidney, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.
With the gray cement of San
Francisco's old Transbay Transit Terminal as a backdrop, on August 11 officials stood before
a flashy white placard with an orange "T" emblazoned on its face and
broke ground on a new transit center, the San Francisco Appeal reports. The
Transbay Transit Center, which is planned to act as the terminus station for
the nation's first high-speed rail system, has been dubbed the "Grand
Central Station of the West Coast."
County officials say the
rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending
from Wharton, N.J., and terminating in Roxbury Township, is under way and
should be completed within four to five months, the Roxbury Register reports.
Despite hefty fines and
warnings from Canadian Pacific Railway, Mile End and Rosemont residents are
taking matters -and pliers -into their own hands as they wait for the city, the
two boroughs and the railway to decide on building a pedestrian level crossing
on the railroad tracks separating the two neighborhoods, The Gazette reports.
In conjunction with
the Concourse Improvement project, PATCO's Chestnut Street concourse and
8th/Market South entrance/exit will be closed from 7 p.m. on Saturday,
August 28, through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 30.
Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.,
an industry-leading rail infrastructure contractor, as part of the Denver
Transit Partners (DTP) team, reached financial close and received official
notice to proceed from the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) to
construct the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 commuter rail project. The DTP team
will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the Eagle P3 Project.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for August 26, 2010.