On July 12, the G Street
Underpass project in Merced, Calif., which will be the only below grade
railroad crossing in the city, will start in earnest, when crews begin the prep
work needed to create an undercrossing beneath the BNSF tracks, the Sacramento
Bee reports. The $18-million project will take 18 months to complete.
For months, the New York MTA
and the Federal Transit Administration had been at odds over
cost overruns of the MTA's two biggest projects: the long-planned Second Avenue
Subway and East Side Access, which would bring the Long Island Rail Road to
Grand Central, the New York Observer reports. The FTA, which is partially
funding both, had argued the projects were running up to $1.6 billion over what
the MTA was projecting, and the projects would be further delayed, both into
2018. The MTA begged to differ.
Rail Equipment Company (GREX) announced the promotion of Dan Bateman to
Director-Service Planning, effective immediately.
A $293-million investment
announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood means that residents in
dozens of communities nationwide will soon enjoy major transit improvements, including
new streetcars, buses and transit facilities.
Nearly 1,000 CSX
Transportation engineering employees completed the annual coal route
maintenance project the week of July 5. Track maintenance teams worked their
way across the Appalachian coal route, which includes Kentucky, West Virginia,
Tennessee, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. Demand for coal remains
strong, and on a typical day as many as 50 trains make their way across this
The so-called Tower 55
crossing in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, needs additional tracks so not every
train moving through the crowded freight intersection has to stop and wait for
another, state and local officials said Wednesday during a tour of the crossing,
The Dallas Morning News reports.
Close to 70 people from a
wide array of business, economic development and state and local organizations
joined forces July 7 to implore members of the federal Surface Transportation
Board to refuse to allow Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway to abandon 233
miles of tracks that run through Aroostook and Penobscot counties, the Bangor
Daily News reports.