A key rail connection and
capacity expansion project of the Chicago Region Environmental and
Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program is now operational in McCook,
Ill. The $13.1-million federally- and privately-funded McCook Connection
project (Project B6) provides additional connectivity between the Indiana
Harbor Belt, CSX Transportation and BNSF rail lines. Trains that had to wait or
travel at a maximum speed of 10 miles an hour are now able to proceed through
the area at 25 miles per hour as they move onto mainline tracks near the United
Parcel Service Willow Springs Distribution Center.
Metra and community leaders
marked the opening of expanded parking facilities at the Pingree Road Station
on Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line in Crystal Lake, Ill., during a ribbon-cutting
ceremony Dec. 28.
After nearly six years of
construction, the new entrance to the Long Island Rail Road's critical Atlantic
Terminal at Flatbush Avenue is finally open to straphangers, according to The
Brooklyn Paper. Commuters looking for the LIRR ticket office will find that it
has moved to a new location on the concourse below the ground floor entrance,
where natural light shines through glass that spans from the road to the
ceiling, offering views of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower across the
The newly installed
elevators at CTA's Belmont and Fullerton stations will soon be available for
customers' use by the end of 2009. The elevator at Belmont will go into service
on Tuesday, December 29 and the one at Fullerton will begin operation on
Thursday, December 31.
Norfolk Southern Corp. paid
nearly $12 million to purchase the 316 acres in McCalla, Ala., where it plans
to build a $112 million railroad hub, according to county records, The Birmingham
News reports. The railroad company bought land from six different property
owners in transactions ranging in price from $72,545.40 to more than $5.8
million, the property records show.
Amtrak has been working
hard to lure more business travelers to its trains, with advertisements highlighting
its advantages over air travel - roomier seats, power outlets on its Acela trains
and fewer annoyances, the New York Times reports. And its efforts have borne
some fruit: the number of riders on its Northeast corridor trains has been
In January, in addition to
the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday weekend closure of the
Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line, Metro in Washington,
D.C., will replace fasteners, make tunnel repairs, and make repairs to a rail
switch that will help ensure reliable Metrorail service. Customers should
expect travel delays during the weekends of Jan. 8 to 10, Jan. 15 to 18, and
Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.
As construction to
replace the 80-year-old Vandeventer Bridge in St. Louis continues, work to
remove the old bridge will require a MetroLink system outage between the Grand
and Central West End MetroLink Stations from December 26 through January 3.
During this time, MetroBus shuttles will replace MetroLink light rail service between these two stations, enabling passengers to navigate around the
construction zone and continue their commutes.
Construction is complete on the Kansas City Southern rail line and
trains run through Victoria, Texas, daily, but there's still more to go,
according to the Victoria Advocate. The next step is a bypass to offset rail
traffic through major arteries. It's a work in progress and both KCS and the
Texas Department of Transportation are working toward a resolution, Victoria
County Judge Don Pozzi said.
One day after telling
City Council that light-rail construction costs will not exceed the latest
estimate of $328 million, Hampton Road Transit officials said that the price
could climb another $12 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. During a
closed-door executive committee meeting, HRT consultants revealed that the
project, which was budgeted to cost $232 million when construction started,
could rise to about $340 million, a 47 percent increase, several board members
confirmed. They added that the projection is preliminary.