"On behalf of the American Public
Transportation Association's (APTA) 1,500 members, I commend Chairmen Erskine
Bowles and Alan Simpson for including in their recommendations to the National
Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposals to support the
critical need to preserve and improve the nation's surface transportation
network, which includes public transportation systems, highways, and bridges,"
said American Public Transportation Association President William Millar.
Work can begin on the
Appalachian Regional Short-Line Rail project with the signing of a $12.9-million
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood said. The signing took place between the U.S. Department of
Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The National Railway
Construction and Maintenance Association is scheduling a legal seminar,
"Managing Risk and Minimizing Claims during Railroad Construction" on January
5, 2001, just prior to NRC's 2011 annual conference.
Kansas City Southern has
launched a new branding initiative, honoring its unique legacy and embracing
the future of freight rail transportation. The new branding includes the
grouping of original logos for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Kansas
City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Panama Canal Railway Company and adds
the statement, "Business Without Borders." The original logos and new
tag line, along with the red, gold and black colors of the heritage paint
scheme displayed on KCS locomotives, will be featured on marketing collateral,
video, print advertisements and a new Website, now in development.
Patriot Rail Corp. said it
has executed a long-term license and operating agreement with the North
Carolina Department of Transportation to commence rail service on the Piedmont
and Northern Railway in Gaston County, North Carolina. Under the 20-year
agreement, Patriot will be responsible for operating, maintaining and marketing
freight rail service on the P&N.
Dec. 3-5, Metro in
Washington, D.C., will upgrade its track and stations to improve long-term
reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to
maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, trains on the Red and Orange
lines will be single-tracking, and riders should expect their trips to take up
to 30 minutes longer than usual.