Work has begun to replace
BNSF Railway's 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington,
Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from
150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for
completion in the summer of 2011.
CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located
approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality's
environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal lines of the former
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan.
31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will
provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and
rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.
e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian
Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada--the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE
workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE
Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that
require access to CP's Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance
Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.
The National Transportation
Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address
concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency
track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB's ongoing investigation
into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains
on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22,
The Obama Administration said
$100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding will go to 43 transit agencies
that are pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global
warming, lessen America's dependence on oil and create green jobs.
New Jersey Governor Jon
S. Corzine officially opened a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront
Walkway, providing a new pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken. Made
possible through a public private partnership between the LeFrak Organization-the
developers of Newport-and NJ TRANSIT, the new pedestrian bridge spans the Long
Slip Canal, connecting with a new 750-foot section of walkway built by Newport
in Jersey City. The walkway provides pedestrian access to NJ TRANSIT, PATH and
ferry services at Hoboken Terminal, as well as local businesses and recreation
sites, while allowing Hoboken residents and commuters direct access to Newport
and Jersey City.