While Paul Dulmage has
never been on a train in his life, he still feels rail lines should be
protected, EMC News reports. And the mayor of Carleton Place, Ont., Canada,
will be doing his part to ensure that the Canadian Pacific former Ottawa Valley
line, which passes through the town, is not disposed of or torn up.
(This editorial appeared January 14
in The Michigan Daily.) Any new infrastructure that will help the environment,
students or the economy is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.
And a new construction plan funded by the federal government encompasses all
three of these categories. The new public transportation - a railroad that will
run between Ann Arbor and Detroit with stops in the neighboring areas - will
benefit students and residents as they move between Ann Arbor and Detroit, for
business and pleasure, without excessive cost. This new route of transportation
is easy, cheap and environmentally-friendly and officials from both cities
should do everything possible to ensure that the plans come to fruition.
Norfolk Southern's Crescent
Corridor Intermodal Freight Project has received the endorsement of the Retail
Industry Leaders Association (RILA). As noted in a letter dated December 16,
2009, from Katherine Lugar, RILA's Executive Vice President, Public Affairs to
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:
In the coming days, the
local Ministry of Environment office can expect a terse communiqué from Kamloops,
B.C. politicians, local newspapers report. The letter, sent by city council,
will be reaffirming its stand against a proposed gasification plant in
Two statewide environmental
coalitions are warning that soil under the rail bed of the proposed Lackawanna
Cutoff line in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties could be filled with
carcinogens and want NJ Transit to investigate that possibility, the Newark Star-Ledger
reports. But NJ Transit officials contended there is no such evidence.
Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph
Szabo announced historic safety regulations requiring that Positive Train
Control technology be installed on the nation's major rail lines, as well as
commuter and intercity passenger rail routes. PTC is an integrated set of
technologies that will help avert train-to-train collisions, derailments caused
by excessive speed, accidents caused by human error or misaligned switches and
harm to roadway workers.
A new street entrance to
the underground corridors serving Grand Central Terminal in New York City is
being built on the south side of 47th Street midway between Park Avenue and
Lexington Avenue. The new entrance will include a reversible escalator
connecting the street level to the 47th Street cross passageway as well as a
staircase from the street to the platform between Tracks 11 and 13 and from the
platform down into the cross passageway. Currently the east end of the 47th
Street cross passageway has no outlet.
Amtrak President and CEO
Joseph Boardman said that the state of America's passenger railroad is strong
and it had set a first quarter ridership record carrying nearly 7.2 million
passengers during the first three months of fiscal year 2010.
Residents of the St.
Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of
public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on
January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward"
plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range
transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from
the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.
Alaska Railroad is inviting the public to a series of open house to provide an
opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. The
open houses will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects
that are in various stages from conceptual planning to engineering and
construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are
located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks.