Norfolk Southern and the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are investing $11 million in the railroad's
Philadelphia Navy Yard intermodal facility to expand track and parking
capacity. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern's multi-state Crescent
Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route
between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The proposed investment -- $6 million
from Norfolk Southern and $5 million from Pennsylvania -- will create the
capacity to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.
The South County Caltrain
Improvement Project is California funded by the Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority is under way for future double tracking and capacity
improvements. The project aims to increase Caltrain service capacity and
improve safety by constructing a second set of new railway track along the
Caltrain railway corridor and various intersections from Tilton Avenue in
Morgan Hill, to Blanchard Road in south San Jose. The focus of this
construction work is on utility relocation.
Eugene Skoropowski has
joined HNTB Corporation as passenger rail services director for the South East
Division, based in the firm's Lake Mary, Fla., office. He brings more than 40
years of experience gained in a career that spans the nation from Boston to
SEPTA General Manager
Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, and Pennsylvania
State Representative Kate Harper, joined with local government and community
leaders at North Wales Regional Rail station to mark the start of extensive
two-year federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.
Robert Perez was out
riding his bike Friday, but like a line of cars behind him, he got stuck on
Passons Boulevard at Slauson Avenue when a freight train stopped on the tracks
ahead, according to The Whittier, Calif., Daily News. The scenario happens almost
daily, officials said. Passenger and freight trains cross the intersection on
two sets of tracks at frequent intervals, and once the railroad company, BNSF,
adds a third track, train crossings will only increase, officials said.
In November, Metro in Washington,
D.C., will replace fasteners and cross ties, trim leaves and weeds in
preparation for the upcoming slippery rail season, make tunnel repairs and
repairs to its aerial structures to upkeep the tracks and help ensure reliable
Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of
Nov. 6 to 8, Nov. 13 to 15, and Nov. 20 to 22. However, track work will be
suspended during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
It usually takes 20 to 30
minutes to drive to Carnegie Mellon University from the former LTV site in
Hazelwood. That commute could take six minutes by train. Pittsburgh Councilman
William Peduto has envisioned the train, and planners have deemed it feasible,
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
After years of delay, a
state-funded rail agency has finished repairing the Northwestern Pacific
freight line in California's Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties, paving the way
for a return of cargo service early next year, according to The Santa Rosa
Press Democrat. But barriers remain before trains roll again on the
When federal officials
evaluate the idea of upgrading the New Haven-to-Springfield, Conn., rail line
to accommodate high-speed trains, they'll have two core questions: Is the
project worthwhile, and can it deliver results quickly?
At a weekend
conference about the future of America's rail systems, several experts said the
New Haven-to-Springfield plan-along with dozens of others throughout the
country-will have to meet two essential standards to stand a chance of getting
federal funding, The Hartford Courant reports.