President Barack Obama's
push for high-speed passenger trains raises concerns about crowded rails
slowing freight carriers like Union Pacific and BNSF, the Omaha World-Herald
reports. This year, the administration committed $8 billion out of the $787
billion economic stimulus package and added $2.3 billion in the fiscal 2010
budget as down payments on a high-speed rail program that could cost hundreds
of billions of dollars. The plan is to reduce America's dependence on oil,
reduce traffic on highways and eliminate harmful exhaust emissions from
millions of cars.
bridge-rebuilding project on the Union Pacific North Line between Chicago and
Kenosha, Wis., got off to a rough start August 23 as commuters got tangled in a
new train schedule complicated by crew mistakes, the Chicago Tribune reports. Delays
and confusion were common complaints as commuters crammed aboard trains, with
some riders inadvertently boarding late-running trains that didn't make
The Tri-City Regional
Port District will construct an additional 9,600 feet of track for a new rail
line at the port's southern harbor near the McKinley Bridge, as part of an
overall expansion of the port, the Belleville, Ill., News-Democrat reports.
With extensive input from
the community, Amtrak is carrying out a $460,000 plan to restore and revitalize
with trees, shrubs and fencing a section of its right-of-way along the
Northeast Corridor in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. Amtrak has hired a Landscape
Horticulturist to assist in the selection and planting of approximately 600 new
trees and shrubs, which the railroad will warranty and maintain for one year.
It has been about five
months since mudslides pushed trees and soil down the bluffs along the
Blackhawk Heights and High Points subdivisions in eastern Iowa, and residents
are still trying to find a way to stabilize their properties, The Hawk Eye
P.E., has been hired by Urban Engineers, Inc. as Cost Estimating Practice Leader.
Carson brings 38 years of professional experience, including proprietorship of
his own firm, Daniel Carson Consulting Engineer, in Framingham, Mass. Prior to
that, he was president and senior project manager for DMC Engineering, Inc. During
his 25 years at DMC, he led all activities involving cost estimating and
constructability. Carson has also served as a project manager for Peabody NE,
Inc. and chief engineer and project superintendent for Eastern Seaboard Construction
The U.S. Department of
Transportation has completed an agreement that will help fund West Virginia's
portion of the Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail project, U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The project, receiving a $1.77-million
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, includes upgrades to crossties,
highway-rail grade crossings and bridges.
TriMet in the Portland,
Ore., area is nearing completion on work to improve safety and security at the
Gresham Central MAX station. This pilot project-the first of its kind in the
TriMet system-includes installation of barrier railing. The project also
includes improved lighting and making the platforms a fare zone. This change
allows fare inspection to occur on the platform rather than after riders board
the train. Other work at the station includes painting the shelters and
pedestrian enhancements that help orient riders to be more alert to approaching
It was a hammer instead of
a shovel that ushered in the groundbreaking of the Lincolnway Railport on August
20, the Clinton Herald reports. With Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and Union Pacific
Railroad CEO Jim Young taking the first swing at a ceremonial
rail spike, the multi-million dollar project celebrated the end of its long
planning stage and entered in the first phase of construction.
A new study of the Port
of Vancouver's signature project - a planned 27-mile expansion of rail tracks
to speed cargo and handle more of it - says the port will have to borrow as
much as $75 million to cover a shortfall and should adopt plans to avoid cost
overruns, The Columbian reports.