It took nearly 13 years,
$320 million and a few major derailments, but the Northstar commuter rail line
made its initial run this morning, moving full speed ahead out of Big Lake at 5
a.m., the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Avoiding congestion along Hwy. 10
in Sherburne and Anoka Counties, the sparkling blue, gold and white cars with
red trim left Big Lake for the new Target Field station in Minneapolis, with
45-second stops along the way in Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley.
Some people like the
haunted train station look -- the boarded-up windows at the Metra stop at 115th
Street, or the eerie yellow light shining on the plywood fencing at Cicero, the
Chicago Sun-Times reports. Metra, however, is assuming that most riders prefer
stations that don't look as if they're about to fall on their heads. So the
commuter rail service is doing rehabs on 27 stations in the area.
Cortlandt, N.Y., Town
Supervisor Linda Puglisi, MTA Metro-North President Howard Permut and local and
state officials held a ground breaking ceremony today to mark the start of
construction at the Cortlandt Station for expanded station facilities including
an extended overpass and new elevated waiting area, a new western parking lot
and an access road connecting to a new Route 9A intersection.
accessibility, better use of platform space and more natural light are features
of the newly upgraded Commercial-Broadway Station on Vancouver's SkyTrain.
petroleum-contaminated sediment in Montana's Whitefish River is on schedule and
so far has yielded "no big surprises," a federal spokesman said, according to The
Daily Inter Lake. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing BNSF's
efforts to remove roughly 36,000 cubic feet of oily sludge from a 500-foot-long
stretch in the river's upper reach, upstream of the Second Street bridge to the
northern boundary of the railroad fueling facility. About 100 feet have been
excavated to date, to a depth of plus or minus one foot, EPA spokesman Jennifer
Workers will begin
repairing train tracks this week after damage from September floods put a major
kink in transportation lines in Walker and Chattooga counties in Georgia,
according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. While crews began repairing
roads and buildings shortly after the waters receded, the rail line between
LaFayette and Summerville remains unusable, according to railway officials. In
spots, the heavy wooden ties hang over a foot or more of space where the ground
has washed out beneath them.
Portec Rail Products,
Inc., was recently named to the Forbes magazine listing of the 200 Best Small Companies. Forbes states that candidates must have annual revenue
between $5 million and $750 million, be publicly-traded for at least one year
and have a stock price no lower than $5. Rankings are based on earnings growth,
sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over the last five
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues in Menlo Park and Atherton. Work will take place
Nov. 15-19 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. at Fair Oaks Lane and Watkins
Avenue in Atherton and Encinal, Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues in Menlo Park.
Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will
remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray announced
a start date of Saturday, Dec. 19, for Link light rail service to Sea-Tac
Airport - 36 days and counting!
At a ceremony in the
Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, officials kicked off a major rail
infrastructure project to increase and improve the safety, frequency and speed
of passenger rail service all along VIA's busy Toronto-Windsor route.