Northstar train service
is on track to begin on Monday, November 16, 2009. In downtown Minneapolis,
Light Rail and Northstar system testing continue. Crews finished milling and
paving the LRT track area. Communications system testing and programming
continued at the LRT station. The overhead catenary system wires are now live.
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program will continue at Encinal, Glenwood and Ravenswood
avenues in Menlo Park Sept. 8-10 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Throughout
the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open.
Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction. The work
is part of a larger program to enhance safety at railroad crossings in San
Railworks Track Systems and
subcontractors continue to work in sections to remove existing track and spurs
and rebuild the sections with new rail along the seven mile Sound Transit rail
corridor between South M Street in Tacoma, Wash., to Bridgeport Way SW in Lakewood. For
the next two weeks, track removal and replacement work is being performed
between S. 48th and S. 56th streets. This work is being coordinated with Tacoma
Rail to minimize or avoid any disruption to their customers for existing rail
Union Pacific's new Joliet, Ill., Intermodal Terminal will
support customer growth by increasing the railroad's international and domestic
container capacity and improving rail traffic efficiencies in Chicago, the
nation's largest rail center. Once on line, customers from across Union
Pacific's network will benefit from Joliet's annual capacity of 500,000
ocean-going containers. Officials and customers gathered Sept. 3 to celebrate
the construction commencement of Union Pacific's nearly $370 million, 785-acre
Joliet Intermodal Terminal and CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Joliet, a
3,900-acre state-of-the-art integrated logistics center.
Chicago Transit Authority has awarded a construction management contract to
Parsons Brinckerhoff for a rail replacement and tunnel rehabilitation project
on the system's Blue Line subway, which connects the downtown business district
with O'Hare International Airport.
The Chicago Transit
Authority has made significant progress replacing track in the Blue Line's
Dearborn Subway. The $88-million project is funded by American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funds, commonly referred to as stimulus funds, and involves
the replacement of approximately seven miles-or 39,000 feet-of track from
Division on the O'Hare branch to Clinton on the Forest Park branch.
After an investment of
$408 million and a year of rapid construction, the first coal train will leave
the Signal Peak Energy Mine near Roundup, Mont., next week, carrying the first
load of low-sulfur Montana coal east to an Ohio utility, the Billings Gazette
reports. A new railroad junction near Broadview and the mine site south of
Roundup were officially dedicated Sept. 2 by top executives from BNSF;
FirstEnergy, an Ohio utility; the Boich Group of Ohio; Signal Peak Energy; and
a corral of Montana politicians, including Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Enterprises, Inc., is finalizing a deal to build a new railway crosstie plant in Chilton
County, Ala., by next year, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. The
Birmingham-based railroad maintenance company is eyeing a site in Chilton
County Industrial Park, between Clanton and Thorsby, for its newest plant, the
A rail line between two
salt plants in Watkins Glen N.Y., will be realigned with the help of a federal
grant to improve safety and boost economic development, local newspapers report.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was in Watkins Glen Sept. 2 to announce the
approval of a $349,000 Rail Line Relocation grant from the Federal Railroad
If a seaport were built on
dry land, it would look a lot like Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad's new
Memphis intermodal facility, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Giant
cranes loom over vast expanses of tracks, roads and parking, soon to be piled
high with oceangoing shipping containers.