investments in America's
freight rail system would create thousands of green jobs, improve the country's
infrastructure, reduce dependence on foreign oil and lower carbon emissions,
according to a new report released today by the BlueGreen Alliance and the
Economic Policy Institute.
As part of the Patrick-Murray
Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to support economic development by
strengthening public transit and rail service, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan to announce the groundbreaking
of the $17.4-million Haverhill Commuter Rail Project funded by the American
Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The project complements a $50-million
ARRA-funded double-tracking and rail improvement project on the Fitchburg
commuter rail line.
The Los Angeles County
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invited the public to a special
community meeting on May 18 to hear an update on the proposed alignments
linking the potential Century City and Westwood/UCLA stations being examined as
part of the Westside Subway Extension Project environmental study now under
The first trains to use the
Greenville, N.C, new railroad connector rolled through the city the evening of
May 3, The Daily Reflector reports. The connector, constructed this year to
relieve traffic problems at several city train crossings, is located at the
intersection of 14th and Beatty streets near Garris Evans Lumber Company. It's
the first major step in ongoing efforts to address train traffic in the city.
MTA Long Island Rail Road
service on the Main Line east of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., will be affected by two
grade crossing renewal projects during two weeks in May. The Peconic Lane
crossing in Peconic will be reconstructed during the week of May 10 through May
14 and the Horton Lane crossing in Southold will be reconstructed during the
week of May 17-May 21.
Several members of the
U.S. House of Representatives held a field hearing Monday in Miami to review
national high-speed rail plans, including Florida's project to build a
high-speed line between Miami and Tampa via Orlando partly funded by Obama
administration stimulus money, the Miami Herald reports. While Florida sought
$2.5 billion for the Tampa-Orlando stretch and $30 million to advance the
Orlando-Miami leg, the Federal Railroad Administration granted Florida $1.25
billion for Tampa-Orlando and nothing for Orlando-Miami.
During the last eight
months, Frankfort residents have spent more than $1 million on new landscaping,
courtesy of the Canadian National Railway, the Southtown Star reports. And
they're not done yet.
IBM unveiled a new software
framework designed to transform the way airlines and rail companies track and
manage critical aspects of their businesses. Transportation systems are
tremendously asset-intensive and use large amounts of energy. Using IBM's
advanced information management, analytics, automation and process integration
software, airlines and rail companies can model and manage optimal routes,
schedules, and capacity in near real-time and ultimately improve the consumer's
travel experience while minimizing energy costs.
CN said today that
customer-focused innovation and balanced accountability among transportation
partners are the keys to improving the effectiveness of Canada's logistics
supply chain. CN, in a submission to the Rail Freight Service Review panel
appointed by the Canadian government, said hard facts compiled for the panel
establish the quality of CN's rail transportation product, most notably in
terms of hub-to-hub transit time performance.
CN has reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement (VMA) with the Village of Barrington Hills, Ill., located
approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago, addressing the municipality's
environmental and safety concerns with CN's acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet
and Eastern Railway Company. With this agreement, CN has VMAs with 22 of the 33
communities situated on the EJ&E in Illinois and Indiana.