All MAX light rail service
across the Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore., will be interrupted Sunday night,
March 28, for crews to install a new switch on the overhead power system. Work
will begin at 7 p.m. until end of service. Service is expected to resume on
Track maintenance on the
Red Line and an emergency drill at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue
and Orange Line March 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take
turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.
The Illinois Commerce
Commission approved the FY 2011-2015 Crossing Safety Improvement Program 5-Year
Plan this month. The 5-Year Plan includes nearly $200 million in assistance
from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund for safety improvements at more than 2,200
highway-rail crossings of roads and streets across the state in the next five
CSX Corporation said that
proxy materials for its 2010 Annual Shareholders Meeting are now available to
shareholders via the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission's
Notice and Access rules. These materials, including the company's proxy
statement and 2009 annual report, can be accessed on its website at
As it waits for the economy
to improve, Union Pacific's construction plans are heading in two directions,
The Arizona Republic reports. Although it has postponed plans to finish
doubling its tracks in Arizona, the company has begun a $42-million upgrade to
its existing rails.
Matt Rose's 10 years at the helm of BNSF, he'd heard plenty of investors talk about quarterly performance. A few
would even talk about the railroad's annual performance, Dan Reed writes in USA
TODAY. Then on Feb. 12, he answered a call from Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who looks for long-term return
and whose Berkshire Hathaway holding company had just closed on its $26-billion
purchase of the 77 percent of BNSF shares it didn't already own.
Union Pacific will improve
part of Kansas' transportation infrastructure with a $6-million investment to
its rail line that runs from Wichita to near Caldwell, Kan.
Caltrain will hold a
community meeting March 31 to present information about the San Bruno Grade
Separation Project. The $165-million project will elevate the Caltrain tracks
above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. A new elevated train station
between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues will replace the existing station. The
project also includes three pedestrian underpasses, one near Sylvan Avenue, one
at the new station and another between Euclid Avenue and Walnut Street.
The Executive Boards of
the Unified System Division and the Pacific Federation, both divisions of the
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters, said a merger between the two federations will take
affect April 1, 2010. The newly created federation will retain the name,
Unified System Division.
As Metro seeks to gain a
much more complete and detailed "picture" of its track conditions,
Metro has selected ENSCO, Inc., to develop and construct a special rail car
known as a track geometry vehicle, which is used to inspect track conditions
and identify any possible flaws.
A track geometry vehicle is an automated
track inspection vehicle that can test several geometric parameters of the
track without obstructing normal passenger rail service. The parameters
generally measured include track position, curvature, distance between the
rails, alignment, smoothness, and the crosslevel of the two rails.