Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Nancy
Richardson and Boone, Iowa, Mayor John Slight commemorated one of North America's
tallest double-track railroad bridges, the new Kate Shelley Bridge in Iowa
spanning the Des Moines River. Young, Richardson and Slight rode a Union
Pacific train over the bridge, which is more than 2,800 feet long and 190 feet
The California High-Speed
Rail Authority on released its much-anticipated "alternatives
analysis," the most detailed view yet of how the massive transportation
project might forever transform the region from San Francisco to San Jose, the
Mercury News reports.
Top BART, State of
California, regional transit and local officials broke ground on the subway
portion of the Warm Springs Extension, a 5.4-mile project that will bring BART
closer to San Jose.
On October 7, 2009, The
Kansas City Southern Railway Company will close the Booth Street crossing in
Monroe, La. This crossing closure is part of a five-year, multi-million dollar
corridor project agreement between KCS and the Louisiana Department of
Transportation and Development to improve public safety at grade crossings
across Louisiana and in Monroe.
Metra officials joined
with Winnetka President Jessica Tucker and other local officials to break
ground on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Winnetka, Ill., train
station on the Union Pacific North line.
Good towers make good
neighbors, the Palm Beach, Fla., Post reports. Neighborhood opposition was
sparked when Florida East Coast Railway said it planned a 200-foot-tall
communications tower - twice as high as the Jupiter Lighthouse - just west of
the tracks off the Loxahatchee River.
Consider it a
housewarming party of sorts. The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad
showed off a newly rebuilt, 30-mile stretch of line to Rochester-area
government officials , according to the Rochester, Minn., Post-Bulletin. And
what better way to see the new tracks than from the upholstered comfort of one
of DM&E's Pullman passenger cars?
HJ Skelton (Canada) Ltd. was
award a contact from Stacey & Witbeck for the supply of all the special
trackwork and associated switch machines for the Portland Streetcar Loop
Extension. Encompassing a total of 3.3 miles and serving the Eastern half of
Portland Central City, this extension will utilize a combination of Ri59/59R1
and the low profile R152/51R1, rail sections.
4, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reach
another milestone as it begins the pre-revenue testing phase before the opening
of the six-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line to East Los Angeles, which is
expected this fall.
Residents, commuters and
businesses in Chicago's West Loop, which has undergone a transformation from
primarily a manufacturing district 15 years ago to a vibrant neighborhood with
condos, town homes, arty shops and hip bars, are looking forward to a new
elevated train station, the Chicago Tribune reports. Allyson Holleb, owner of a
handbag shop near the proposed Chicago Transit Authority station at Lake and
Morgan Streets, hopes it will bring even more people to the neighborhood.
Construction could be a nightmare, she said, but it would be worth it to get a