BNSF employees in the
greater Seattle area have cleared at least five mudslides the week of Jan. 18
after El Niño showered heavy rains on the area, the railroad's employee
newsletter reports. At one area, between Seattle and Everett, Wash., on the Scenic
Subdivision, crews were working to clear tracks after three separate mudslides
in the same area brought commuter traffic to a halt.
A group of farmers from Rathwell,
Man., Canada, and the surrounding area are hoping to purchase a shortline
railway to keep their grain shipments on track, the Central Plains Herald
Leader reports. Harold Purkess, a retired farmer from Holland, who is interim
president of River Hills Railroad Inc., said the organization is made up of a
group of farmers and interested individuals who are investing in the project
and preserving their rail line.
Railway Company announced a planned 2010 capital commitment program of $2.4
billion, which is expected to be approximately $240 million lower than 2009 due
to fewer expected locomotive acquisitions in 2010. BNSF currently expects to
spend about $2.1 billion for track, signal systems, structures, and freight
cars, and to upgrade technologies, including the unfunded mandate for positive
train control. The Company also anticipates acquiring approximately 170
locomotives at a cost of about $320 million.
An Alaska Railroad bridge
crew will complete a new pedestrian bridge connected to the outside of the new
bridge that was constructed in 2007/2008 over Billion Slough at Alaska Railroad
milepost 227.9. This federally funded project includes construction of a new
pedestrian walkway to replace the existing Chase Trail Bridge nearby.
There will be no train
service along the Long Beach Branch January 23-24 and January 30-31 due to the
installation of two new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and
Hog Island Channel. Buses will serve LIRR customers between Long Beach and Valley
Stream on both weekends. Regular weekday train service will not be affected by
BART has received the
Federal Transit Administration's letter asking for further analysis of the
Oakland Airport Connector project's impact on minority communities under Title
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over the past decade, BART has diligently
worked with the FTA to meet all its requirements and as a result, the FTA has
consistently signed off on every aspect of the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC).
In fact, as recently as December, the FTA informed BART it had approved the
project for what's called "pre-award authority" to continue advancing
the project. It also invited BART to complete the steps to secure award of $25
million in federal New Starts funding and award of $70 million in Stimulus
funds. At the time, there was no mention that additional documentation was
Throughout the President's
Day Holiday weekend, Metro in the District of Columbia area will close the Rosslyn
Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Lines and the Arlington Cemetery
Metrorail station on the Blue Line from 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 to closing,
Monday, Feb. 15, while it undertakes a major track rehabilitation project.
Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 5 a.m.
David K. Maas, P.E., assistant
vice president, will lead TranSystems' consulting services to support rail
industry clients with the implementation of Positive Train Control. He will
direct program management and technical support services including GIS mapping
and track database management services involving data capture, data extraction
and data validation services for track database systems to support PTC
implementation; program management services for commercial power installation
applications for wayside equipment; and related technical assistance and
consulting services to support the rail industry in the implementation of
Positive Train Control.
Hampton Roads, Va.,
Transit welcomed the call for a public audit of the light rail project as a
significant step toward ensuring accountability of The Tide's management and
oversight, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.
It's unlikely the SMART
rail line linking Sonoma and Marin, Calif., counties will be finished by 2014
as promised to voters because the agency running the train project is wrestling
with a $155-million shortfall brought on by a stumbling economy, the Contra
Costa Times reports.