Amtrak is using $25 million
in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to replace
transformers and other electrical equipment - some of which date to before
World War II - at 40 substations that deliver the power needed to propel
passenger trains on the electrified tracks between New York and Washington,
Auto Truck Group has partnered
with two leading CNG conversion companies to convert Ford and GM work trucks to
operate on CNG (Compressed Natural gas). Their Fort Wayne Fleet and Louisville
Truck Equipment locations now offer CNG conversions for work trucks. Some
market segments would include municipalities, fleets, and utilities.
Incorporated, has acquired gINT Software. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif.,
gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products
since its founding in 1986. The company's newest product, gINT Enterprise,
maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project
reporting and dramatically extended querying power. Offering a powerful and
efficient solution for transportation operations, engineering consultancies,
plants, campuses, and state and federal agencies with vast quantities of
geotechnical data, gINT Enterprise facilitates the valuable reuse of subsurface
mapping information to better serve civil, structural, geotechnical, and
environmental information processes for owner-operators.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold two community meetings/open
houses Tuesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 22 in Montebello and Pico
Rivera to update the public on transit alternatives being recommended to the
Metro Board of Directors for the environmental phase of the Eastside Transit
Corridor Phase 2 Project.
After allegedly failing
to follow environmental regulations for a construction site in Ayer, Mass., Pan
Am Railways was found to be in compliance at a Suffolk Superior Court hearing, the
Worcester Telegram reports.
BART conducted an
unannounced earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 16 in conjunction with a
statewide exercise called the Great California ShakeOut. For BART, the Great
California ShakeOut meant the Operations Control Center ordered trains to stop
and hold position. Once trains were stopped, an announcement was made to inform
passengers of the drill and then trains continued to their destinations. BART
System Safety staff observed and evaluated the earthquake response in the OCC
and will compare notes with OCC managers.
The South Shore railroad is
alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned temporary weekend
construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outages is scheduled for
October 31-November 2. South Shore trains will not operate in either direction
between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. October 31 thru
3:00 a.m. November 2.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues in Burlingame, Menlo Park and Atherton. Throughout
the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open.
Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.