California, the top
recipient of funds from President Barack Obama's high-speed rail program,
expects to issue a tender for a bullet-train line linking Los Angeles and San
Francisco by late 2011, BusinessWeek reported.
June 18-20, Washington,
D.C., Metro will make upgrades to the track and a bridge on the Red Line to
improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at
keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up
to 30 minutes.
CSX Transportation joined
with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the National Gateway to
celebrate the arrival of five new ultra-efficient intermodal cranes at the Port
of Toledo, Ohio. The cranes are bound for the new Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal
in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Imagine boarding a train
in Queen Creek and arriving 35 minutes later at a restaurant on Tempe's Mill
Avenue, then hopping back on board for a 10-minute jaunt to Chase Stadium in downtown
Phoenix, The Arizona Republic asks.
Amtrak is using $115
million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve
tracks, buildings and control systems in Chicago this construction season, as
part of a $1-billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to
rebuild critical infrastructure.
Two rail tunnels under
the Hudson River - one dug by NJ Transit and another by Amtrak - could be built
within 20 years to handle the growing passenger load between New Jersey and
Manhattan, transportation officials said, The Record reports.
(The Teamster Rail
Conference sent the following letter to its membership): The Teamsters Rail
Conference takes great interest in efforts by our nation's railroads to
maintain and improve the industry's workplace security and safety - as well as
workforce training and awareness - especially in light of heightened security
threats and increased use of technology. As your representatives, we care
deeply about your job, your employers' long-term security and viability, and
employer accountability across the rail industry.
The NJ TRANSIT Board of
Directors advanced the first phase of a project that will transform Perth Amboy
Station into an ADA-accessible facility, with high-level platforms and
elevators to provide access for customers with disabilities.
Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, has
been awarded a contract with train builder Talgo. The contract is to deliver
and operate a high-quality wireless broadband and live passenger information
system on all Talgo's train sets, servicing its cross border route from
Vancouver, Canada, through Seattle and Portland and Eugene, Oregon. The project
forms part of a train refurbishment program that Talgo is undertaking.