Warren Buffett and Bill Gates face a
roadblock on the route toward payoff on their investment in U.S. freight
transportation, Bloomberg reports. Chicago, whose railroads made it hog butcher
for the world a century ago, is a tangle of bottlenecks where a quarter of the
nation's rail freight stalls while trying to navigate the city.
Amtrak is awarding two
contracts with a combined value of $49.5 million for major upgrades of its
maintenance facilities located in Los Angeles and in Hialeah, Fla., near Miami.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus program is funding
TriMet in Portland, Ore., is
hosting two open houses to provide an update on the status of project planning,
funding and design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project.
You still can't get there
from here. While work has gotten under way on an initial seven-mile stretch of
route in New Jersey, much more money and political effort are needed to restore
passenger rail service from Northeast Pennsylvania to New York City's doorstep
- and the onus may fall largely on the Keystone State, the Scranton, Pa.,
Virginia could eliminate
about one in three trucks from Interstate 81 with extensive --and expensive --
rail improvements, a consultant told the Roanoke Times. Given the high cost and
logistical barriers to such a plan, however, the consultant endorses a more
modest approach that will shift fewer trucks -- perhaps one in seven -- much to
the disappointment of some railroad supporters.
Incorporated, said that it has acquired Enterprise Informatics, Incorporated and
Exor Corporation. The Enterprise Informatics eB Insight software provides
configuration and change management capabilities for mission-critical
infrastructure asset operations for the energy, nuclear, rail and government
sectors. Exor information modeling software provides for the management and
operations of linear networks for infrastructure, including roads and railways.
A tentative deal that
allows 38 Chicago Transit Authority maintenance workers to keep their jobs in
return for concessions is a sign that other unions may be ready to cut a deal
and get canceled buses back on the road, CTA chief Richard Rodriguez said,
according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The railroad maintenance workers were among
1,057 workers laid off Sunday as part of cutbacks that saw 18 percent of bus
services and nine percent of train services canceled.
LPB Energy Management said
that BNSF signed a seven-year contract for comprehensive energy and utility
management services. LPB will help BNSF measure, report and reduce energy costs
and usage to further support their commitment to energy efficiency and
Showing how freight rail
works to protect jobs, ease gridlock and make breathing easier are themes
played out in the Association of American Railroads' latest Freight Rail Works
advertising campaign. The "Messages" campaign consists of TV, radio,
print and online components and mixes bold graphics with tongue-in-cheek
wordplay to demonstrate the freight rail industry's positive economic and environmental