Metrorail customers in the Washington,
D.C., area can expect delays of up to 40 minutes April 16-18 as old track
components are replaced on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines, causing
inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the
Riders planning to take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to
area sports events this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel
Utah Transit Authority and
Salt Lake City will close a segment of North Temple Street starting April 18
for an 18-month rebuild of the North Temple viaduct. The viaduct, which crosses
Union Pacific and UTA railroad tracks between 600 West and 300 West, will be
demolished and rebuilt as part of the Airport TRAX light rail project.
companies that have served the railroad industry since the 1800s are competing
to install 21st Century technology to prevent trains from colliding and from
hitting workers on railways, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
One of the worst rail
bottlenecks on the east coast is Washington's Virginia Avenue Tunnel, Greater
Greater Washington reports. While the tunnel originally carried two tracks, it
was narrowed to one to allow taller and wider freight cars. With growing
freight rail traffic across the United States, the century-old tunnel is in
dire need of replacement.
Administrator and former Riverdale, Ill., Mayor Joseph Szabo returned to the
south suburbs on April 13 to tout the Obama administration's plans for a
"rail renaissance" and highlight the area's potential for rail-related
economic development, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.
Up to 40 trains a day
eventually could travel through Reno on Union Pacific tracks, meaning more
horns waking up sleeping residents in west Reno and the west Truckee Meadows,
the Gazette-Journal reports.
Maine's Governor Baldacci
has created a task force to look into saving railroad services in Aroostook
County, local media report. Earlier this week, Maine lawmakers approved a bond measure that sets
aside $7,000,000 to purchase and preserve about 240 miles of track in Northern
There is a big difference
between an important letter mislaid or lost (with apologies to Canada Post) and
a letter that is deliberately destroyed, according to an editorial in Ontario's
North Bay Nugget. There is always hope that the lost letter will turn up
somewhere, at some time. The destroyed letter is gone forever unless someone
made a copy.
Construction on the
Belmont Road underpass in Downers Grove, Ill., will resume in June with a
two-week closure of the street, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.
Warning signals and gates
are expected to be guarding Annandale's increasingly busy South Poplar Lane railroad
crossing within a year, The Annadale Advocate reports. The Annandale City
Council approved an agreement with the Canadian Pacific Railway and the state
of Minnesota to install the system at its regular meeting.