The steel railroad bridge
crossing high above Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, Calif., is known to local
train buffs as both the Muir Trestle and Alhambra Trestle. Owned and operated
by BNSF, the trestle has long been a recognizable Martinez landmark, and lately
a conversation has resurfaced among local denizens about the trestle's
appearance, the Martinez News-Gazette reports. Splotched with large
patches of rust in between its fading gray paint, the structure is in need of a
Alaska Railroad invites the public to an open house February 19 in Seward to provide
an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010.
Open House displays are open to the public and will be set up in the inn's
Mount Marathon meeting room. Displays will showcase continuing and proposed
capital improvement projects that are in various stages - from conceptual
planning to engineering and construction.
The CREATE Partners said
that the CREATE Program will receive $133 million as part of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a critical rail/rail flyover near 63rd
and State Streets in the Englewood community on the south side of Chicago.
The flyover will carry the north-south Metra Rock Island commuter rail line
over the east-west Norfolk Southern/Amtrak line, eliminating conflict between
78 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains that
presently cross at grade each day.
Corporation and HNTB Holdings Ltd. named Peter Gertler a senior vice president.
Gertler, who leads the firm's high-speed rail services group, is located in the
firm's Oakland, Calif., office. Gertler has 23 years of experience in public
transportation and program management, including conventional and high-speed
rail across the United States and around the world.
Stressing the importance of
its intercity passenger rail service in Michigan, Amtrak said it will perform a
high-speed rail improvement study that will focus on determining what
infrastructure upgrades are needed to provide 110 mph train service on the
Norfolk Southern-owned rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Detroit.
A McMaster University researcher
says the chance to save lives is a powerful motivation to develop a new safety
system for rail transit workers, the Hamilton, Ont., Spectator reports. The
university and Bombardier Transportation are working together on a C$1.4-million
project to develop an automated system that could warn track workers and
on-board personnel of possible danger while there is still time to avoid
Supporters of consolidating
Springfield, Ill., rail traffic on the 10th Street corridor plan to take a wish
list of overpass construction, track relocation and other design improvements
on an annual trip to Washington D.C. next month, The State Journal-Register reports.
The list will exceed the $26.5 million sought for the same project last year,
Gary Plummer, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce,
In broad strokes and
fine detail, officials have revealed how they will pay $340 million for
"the biggest project in the history" of Lincoln, Neb. -- turning a
windswept rail yard into a home for a new downtown arena, the Lincoln Journal
The MTA Long Island Rail
Road's Stony Brook Station, on the Port Jefferson Branch, will undergo a $2.7-million
renovation project starting February 1. A temporary trailer will serve as a
waiting room during part of the work. Nine parking spaces will be temporarily
out of service in order to stage materials and the trailer.
A new express train on
the Fredericksburg, Va., line is one way Virginia Railway Express Board Chair
Paul Milde says the commuter railroad is working to fix the region's
transportation problems, according to Inside NoVA.com. An 11-mile stretch of
tracks to be built thanks to federal stimulus money from Powell's Creek near
Dumfries into Stafford County will aid future VRE express trains, the agency
says, and will spur the growth of passenger rail service in the state.