RailComm has successfully
commissioned a Centralized Traffic Control system for Capital Metro's commuter rail
service in Austin, Texas. The Track Warrant Control portion of the system was
launched just 32 days from the signed Notice to Proceed. Capital Metro contracted RailComm to expand the
initial DOC® Track Warrant Control system to include Centralized
Traffic Control functionality for signalized locations. RailComm was
responsible for the central office control system, as well as providing the
data communication network to the controlled interlockings and other field
The Link light rail
extension to SeaTac and Sea-Tac International Airport opens for passenger
service on Saturday, Dec. 19. The 1.7-mile extension completes the line from
downtown Seattle that opened July 18th.
Amtrak told local and state
officials that replacing the Niantic River bridge in Connecticut will take three
years and work on the much smaller Miamicock Bridge would begin Dec. 17, The
The Regional Transportation
Authority approved the Chicago Transit Authority's $1.27-billion budget for
2010. The budget includes management efficiencies, elimination of more than
1,000 jobs and service reductions. In total, the CTA's 2010 operating budget is
nearly $1 million lower than the projected 2009 operating budget.
The Brotherhood of
Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters is set to begin national bargaining with the National Carriers'
Conference Committee in January. The BMWED will be bargaining on a coordinated
national basis as part of the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. The RLBC is
comprised of six national rail unions, representing more than 70,000 railroad
employees, including; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division -
IBT, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - IBT, Brotherhood of
Railroad Signalmen, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths,
Iron Ship Builders, Forgers, and Helpers, National Conference of Firemen &
Oilers - SEIU, Sheet Metal Workers' National Association.
The Lexington, N.C., City
Council heard an on progress to open a passenger rail stop in downtown
Lexington, which could be operational as soon as 2015, The Dispatch reported.
AirTrain JFK, which
connects travelers by rail to and from the airport, is celebrating its sixth
year in operation. Since its first year, ridership on the service has literally
doubled as airport travelers learn that it is the quickest, least expensive way
to get to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, will continue Dec. 20-23. The schedule includes Fair Oaks
Lane and Watkins Avenue, Atherton and Oak Grove and Ravenswood avenues on Menlo
Track maintenance on the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Red and Blue lines Dec. 18-20 will cause
inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should
add 30 minutes to their trips.
Metrorail customers traveling between the
Fort Totten and Silver Spring Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes
to their travel time because Metro will be making track circuit upgrades at the
Takoma Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations
the entire weekend from 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18, to closing (midnight) on Dec. 20.
The Association of American
Railroads issued the following statement by AAR President and CEO Edward R.
Hamberger in response to the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the STB