On Saturday, November 20,
and Saturday, December 4, MetroLink in the St. Louis area will operate special
service from the beginning of service until 12:00 p.m. noon to accommodate
required maintenance of MetroLink tracks on the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi
River. Blue Line trains, which typically operate between Shrewsbury and
Fairview Heights, will instead operate from Shrewsbury to the Civic Center
MetroLink Station. Red Line trains will continue to operate on their regular
route from the Lambert Airport to Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations.
Nov. 19-20, North County transit District crews will replace railroad ties
along the COASTER track in the Del Mar, Calif., area. After the new ties are placed,
train traffic will slow for 24 hours to allow the track to settle and
stabilize. A few days later, a large truck will travel by rail to carry away
the old ties.
Rail reconstruction, made
possible by $4 million in stimulus funds, has started on the BNSF line
extending from downtown north Shawnee, Okla., to the industrial park, the Shawnee
The Wisconsin &
Southern Railroad doesn't need to wait until 2030 to experience the increasing
freight demand that industry pundits are forecasting, the Janesville, Wis.,
Gazette reports. The Milwaukee-based railroad already is running more traffic
on several of its lines and is expecting a 35-percent increase in the tonnage
it hauls on its Janesville to Monroe line by 2013.
federal judge heard arguments in a contentious railway rights case concerning
access to a paper mill in Madawaska, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports. U.S.
District Judge John Woodcock took the case under advisement. At issue was a
request by Canadian National Railway Co. for a preliminary injunction allowing
it access to the Twin Rivers Paper Co. on tracks owned by the Montreal, Maine
& Atlantic Railway while the case progresses in court.
BART riders are noticing
new and improved signs in downtown San Francisco stations, part of an ongoing
program throughout the BART system for wayfinding and signage improvements.
The Greater Cleveland
Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is continuing its light-rail maintenance
program on the Blue/Green line with its final weekend closure starting November
19. At the same time, the Red Line will be closed East of Tower City.
Replacement buses will pick up and drop off riders at every station on all of
the closed train lines during the weekend.
Rosanne Foust, Chair, San
Mateo County Transportation Authority; Omar Ahmad, Caltrain Board; Jim Ruane,
Mayor, City of San Bruno; and Ken Ibarra, Councilman, City of San Bruno are
among the officials scheduled to attend a Nov. 18 celebration to kick-off the
construction of the San Bruno, Calif., Grade Separation Project. The project
will elevate the Caltrain tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues,
replace the existing station at Sylvan Avenue; create three new pedestrian
underpasses; and add 201 parking spaces and a "kiss and ride" lot at the
On November 16, Metra in
northeastern Illinois began testing the air quality onboard some passenger cars
and at downtown terminals. Recent questions were
raised about the level of diesel emissions on downtown platforms and trains.
While Metra trains are in full compliance with all Environmental Protection
Agency standards, additional testing conducted on a system-wide basis will
provide a more detailed picture of total air quality.
William Murphy, P.E., has
been hired by Urban Engineers and named manager of the firm's New England Regional
Office in Hartford, Conn. Murphy, who has 30 years of experience, is a
registered professional engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York,
Pennsylvania and Florida. He holds a master's degree in business administration
from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in civil engineering from
Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from