On behalf of the Honorable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Fred Green,
Canadian Pacific President and CEO, recognized the 125th anniversary of one the
most significant moments in Canadian history, the driving of the Last Spike,
which completed the country's first transcontinental railway.
Work will continue this
week on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara station. The underpass
will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass
through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in
In the TwinCities area, the Northstar Corridor
Development Authority (NCDA) Executive Committee, after careful review of the
Federal Transit Administration's required technical analysis, decided to recommend
to the Authority that the federal application for the extension be placed on
future high-speed rail on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor north of Springfield,
Ill., will cause the daily Amtrak Lincoln Service trains to originate and
terminate in Bloomington/Normal from Nov. 15 through Nov. 23 and from Nov. 30
through Dec. 10. This work on the Chicago-St. Louis route will also cause the
Chicago-San Antonio Amtrak Texas Eagle to detour without other scheduled stops
between Chicago and St. Louis. Alternate transportation will be provided in
The Washington, D.C., Metro
Board Finance and Administration Committee on Nov. 4 reviewed Metro's preliminary FY2012-FY2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which commits at least $1.18-billion to address
National Transportation Safety Board recommendations over the next seven years
and prioritizes safety and state of good repair projects.
BNSF promoted Greg Fox to
executive vice president, Operations, reporting to Carl Ice, president and
chief operating officer. Operations functions reporting to Fox include
Engineering; Mechanical; Transportation; Safety, Training and Operations
Support; and Resource Protection. Fox will also serve as a member of BNSF's
The Chicago Transit
Authority is reminding customers that from 4 a.m. Saturday, November 6 through
approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Brown, Orange and southbound Green
Line trains will be temporarily rerouted in the Loop as CTA crews install a new
signal control facility at Van Buren and Wabash. The work is part of CTA's
continuing efforts to upgrade the signal and train control systems in the Loop.
During these hours, trains will be flagged through the intersection by crews on
the tracks as the signal controls will not operate automatically.
The Wisconsin Department
of Transportation has told contractors on the high-speed rail line between
Madison and Milwaukee to stop work on the federally funded project "for a
few days," in the wake of rail opponent Scott Walker's victory in the
governor's race, Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi said Nov. 4, the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel reports.
The Northwest Indiana Commuter
Transit District is asking for the public's help in finding the parties
responsible for more than $100,000 in thefts of copper from the South Shore commuter
rail line's properties, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. According to
Transit Police Chief Robert Byrd, the thefts have occurred over the last
several months with the most recent taking place the night of Nov. 2 at the
Gary, Ind., Metro Center.
Canadian Pacific rail
tracks in Airdrie, Alta., Canada, continue to be upgraded as Veterans Boulevard
closes Nov. 8 and 9 for a 48-hour period, local media report. The closure,
unanimously approved by City council Nov. 1, is part of a railway renewal
program from Edmonton to Calgary that occurs every three to four years to
maintain the railroad between Airdrie and Crossfield.