An inaugural train set to
usher in new intercity rail service in Virginia will stop Sept. 30 in Manassas,
local media report. The train, billed as taking a whistle stop tour, will leave
Washington's Union Station at 8:30 a.m. bound for Lynchburg. It is scheduled to
arrive in Old Town Manassas at 11:40 a.m.
In just 96 hours recently,
the BNSF engineering team completed several projects on the Lafayette
Subdivision in Louisiana, according to the company newsletter. Considered an
engineering "blitz," the team aimed to maximize track work and minimize
disruption for community members, all while making sure safety was a top
priority. The work window was granted from 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, through 6
a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
L.B. Foster Company of Pittsburgh
has been awarded a contract to supply direct fixation fasteners and bonded
insulated joints for the first phase of the new Dallas Area Rapid Transit
(DART) Orange Line from the city center of Dallas to Irving, Texas. L.B. Foster
is coordinating product shipments to the Northwest Corridor Expansion project
to meet the scheduling requirements of the general contractor joint venture,
Kiewit/Stacy and Witbeck/Reyes/Parsons Corporation.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver joined
Congressman Bruce Braley in Waterloo to reopen the Iowa Northern Railway
bridge, a freight line that was damaged when the Cedar River flooded in 2008.
The reconstruction project is funded through $1 million in Culver/Judge I-JOBS
funds, and $2.1 million in federal railroad funds, secured by Congressman
Braley. The bridge is completely repaired except for the laying of the tracks.
The OneRail Coalition
last week sent a letter (see below) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman
Patty Murray urging increased support for railroad investment in H.R. 3288, the
FY2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.
Norfolk Southern has
launched a new Website focusing on the benefits of its corridor and
public-private partnership projects. The Web site, TheFutureNeedsUs.com <http://www.thefutureneedsus.com/>, describes projects to increase rail freight transportation
capacity and improve mobility and the environment. Information is provided for
projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West
Virginia, where governors Riley, Barbour, Rendell, Bredesen, Kaine and Manchin
are leaders in supporting transportation solutions.
The National Gateway
coalition has been honored as "Competitiveness Project of the Year"
by the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, a leading infrastructure
identification and development group. The award recognizes the National Gateway
as the "project that contributes most to the [North American] region's
capacity for global competitiveness."
the public's first opportunity to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine
railroads, the message was clear: Make them work for Maine businesses, the
Bangor Daily News reports. About 25 people from railroads, economic development
groups and government agencies gathered in Bangor to discuss the development of
the Maine Rail Plan. The state has hired consulting firm HNTB Corp. to formulate
a blueprint for improving rail access in Maine, for both freight and