As the anniversary of the
Sept. 12 Chatsworth train disaster approaches, officials with Southern
California's sprawling commuter rail service are facing a vexing array of
technical, financial and potential legal challenges as they struggle to deliver
on pledges of trailblazing safety reforms, The Los Angeles Times reports.
officials' public fight against additional train traffic along the Third Street
corridor could derail the entire plan to provide high-speed rail service
between Springfield and Chicago, a vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad
told the State Journal-Register. Alternatively, railroad vice president John
Rebensdorf warned in an Aug. 28 letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the
railroad could carry out its plans unilaterally, and Springfield could "become
the bottleneck of the new high speed passenger rail route."
Canadian Pacific and the
Royal Ontario Museum celebrated the 100th birthday of the Burgess Shale and the
Spiral Tunnels - two national icons in Yoho National Park of Canada. 1909 marked a year of
incredible discovery and an awe-inspiring engineering marvel leading to 100 years of successful railway operations through Kicking Horse Pass in
Yoho National Park.
Every day, 1,800 passengers
head to the rail station next to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, local media
report. Every day, they board more than 40 trains headed for Washington,
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and destinations all along the Northeast Corridor.
It's the 15th busiest station in the Amtrak network. Now, the Maryland
Department of Transportation wants to study the idea of doubling the station's
size and recently applied for a $10-million federal grant for a detailed
The South Shore is alerting
passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The
second of five weekend outages is scheduled for September 12-14, 2009. South
Shore trains will not operate trains in either direction between South Bend,
Ind., and Gary, Ind., Metro Center on the following weekends from 2:30 a.m.
Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday: September 12-14 and 26-28, October 10-12 and October
31-November 2. The South Shore will
operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.
The Dakota Minnesota
& Eastern Railroad said last week it is suspending its planned $6 billion
project to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota, due to the poor
economy, noted an editorial in the Madison, S.D., Daily Leader. A controversial
proposal for more than a decade, the DM&E's expansion was effectively put
on hold when it dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners where
the trains would have run.
agreed to spend about $25,000 to study what repairs are needed at the BNSF
Depot at Seventh and New Jersey streets, the Lawrence, Kan., Journal-World
reports. Commissioners agreed to hire Lawrence-based Hernly Associates to
conduct the assessment.
Colbert County, Ala.,
Commissioners will not be writing a letter of support for a proposed project to
relocate the Norfolk Southern tracks that run through Sheffield, Muscle Shoals
and Tuscumbia, according to the Florence Times-Daily. An item seeking support
from the commission was removed from the Sept. 8 meeting agenda by Commission
Chairman Roger Creekmore at the request of Commissioner Emmitt Jimmar, who
questioned why the commission was even involved in the issue.
The coastal city of
Eastport, Me., sees its future economic prosperity linked to a 30-kilometre (18.6-mile)
railway connection leading to the Canadian border at St. Stephen, N.B., the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The Maine city needs a railway to
carry cargo to and from its deep-water port to other markets in Canada and the
On the Washington, D.C.,
Metro, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail
stations will be closed and the Green and Yellow Lines also will be closed at
the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station from 9:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, through
Monday, Oct. 12, with no Green or Yellow Line service at these three stations
at that time. Service will resume at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. There will be
no Yellow Line service in the District of Columbia or Maryland during the
Columbus Day holiday weekend, with service available only between the
Huntington and Pentagon Metrorail stations.