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.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit's
Northwest Corridor to Irving/DFW Final Environmental Impact Statement is the
recipient of the Federal Transit Administration's Outstanding Achievement Award
for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation. The FEIS provided the
environmental clearances for the first nine miles of the Orange Line extending
from Bachman Station in northwest Dallas to Belt Line Station near DFW
Three members of the
Massachusetts Congressional delegation are renewing and amplifying the call for
greater construction oversight of Pan Am Railways' rail-to-truck auto
distribution yard off Willow Road in Ayer, Mass., local newspapers report.
The future ain't what it
used to be. Back in 1930, the movie "Just Imagine" dreamed of the
world of 1980, when everyone has a flying car. Other sci-fi scenarios pictured
personal jet packs and individual transit "pods" gliding along
monorails, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Union Pacific and Progress
Rail Services said that the ultra-clean diesel PR30C-LoNOx locomotive being
tested in intermediate line haul service has successfully achieved more than
500 operational hours. The locomotive -- powered by a 3516 Caterpillar engine
-- has been retrofitted with a state-of-the-art after-treatment system, making
it one of the cleanest locomotives operating in the United States.