GO Transit in
metropolitan Toronto is set to start an environmental assessment that will look
at what infrastructure upgrades would be required to expand rail service to the
Niagara Peninsula, including prospective building sites for new rail stations
and potential improvements to the existing rail line. The EA begins the week of
Nov. 16, with completion scheduled for summer 2010.
CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement related to its acquisition of the principal lines of the
former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E) with the Village of
Lake Zurich, Ill., located 37 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. With this
agreement, CN has VMAs with 20 municipalities that are home to two-thirds of
the population living along the EJ&E in Illinois and Indiana.
Administration said MBTA will hire of a diverse group of 15 employees with
funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The new jobs support the
$9-million Fitchburg, Mass., Commuter Rail Line project, funded through the ARRA
stimulus program and part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery
Plan. The Massachusetts Congressional delegation worked with colleagues in
Washington, D.C., to allocate a total of $319 million in recovery funds for
transit projects at the Regional Transit Authorities and the MBTA.
The Dixon administration is
expected to bring two contracts before the Board of Estimates Nov. 18 cementing
its two-year-old accord with CSX Transportation under which the railroad will
pay roughly three-quarters of the cost of replacing two of the city's most
deteriorated bridges, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Wheeling and Lake
Erie Railway Co. is on track to increase train speeds from 25 to 40 mph, and
railroad and public officials are advising motorists to take extra precautions
at crossings. The Gazette in Medina County, Ohio, reports.
As ridership continues to
increase at the Gateway Transportation Center, Amtrak passengers now have
another option for their personal vehicles- a long-term parking facility on
Amtrak-owned property at 421 South 16th Street, the corner of 16th and Poplar
Streets in Downtown St. Louis.
officials say they hope to have a plan in place near Christmas to silence the
noise from passing trains, according to The Register-Mail in Galesburg, Ill.
Many Galesburg residents would like a similar Christmas present, or such a gift
any time of the year.
Northstar Commuter service in
the Twin Cities area became a reality Nov. 16, with the first paying customers
for the new rail line. Northstar is BNSF's first new BNSF-employee-operated
commuter service in nine years and has been more than 10 years in the planning
and execution stage, the company newsletter reports.
The McHenry County
College Board of Trustees is requesting more analysis of the proposed site of a
new Metra station in Crystal Lake, Ill., according to the Northwest Herald. Metra's
Board of Directors recently approved a tentative $1.53-million deal to buy land
for a new stop along the Union Pacific Northwest Line in unincorporated
Ridgefield on Country Club Road at Prairie Drive.