BNSF officials were
cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad
industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail
reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF's
classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains
that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could
lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials
LRT and Northstar
system testing continue. Painting and striping of the streets in the project
area was completed. Punchlist work is ongoing at the Northstar and LRT
stations. Punchlist work
continues at the suburban stations.
Work has begun to replace
BNSF Railway's 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington,
Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from
150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for
completion in the summer of 2011.
CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located
approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality's
environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the former
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan.
31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will
provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and
rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.
e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian
Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada--the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE
workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE
Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that
require access to CP's Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance
Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.
The National Transportation
Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address
concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency
track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB's ongoing investigation
into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains
on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22,