A borrowing package that
includes money to preserve a railroad that's seen as a lifeline to industry in
struggling northern Maine was denied final approval by the state Senate late April
7, local newspapers report. As lawmakers worked toward the 2010 session's end,
senators debated the $85-million bond package at length before voting 19-16
along party lines for it. But Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds
majority they needed to send the bonds to voters. The House earlier gave its
final approval by a 100-48 vote.
Leon Benoit, MP for
Vegreville-Wainright, announced that the Government of Canada is trying to make
access to markets easier and will be providing $59,500 in grant funding to the
Battle River Railway New Generation Co-op that is headed by Daysland, Alberta,
resident Ken Eshpeter, the Camrose Canadian reports. The federal contribution
will be used by the co-op to acquire a short line railroad.
The Federal Railroad
Administration will soon begin accepting grant applications for the deployment
of positive train control collision avoidance systems and complementary advanced
technologies under a new $50-million Rail Safety Technology Program, FRA
Administrator Joseph Szabo said.
Lake Zurich, Ill.,
officials have formalized the land exchange with Canadian National Railway as
part of plans to build a 270-foot communications tower, the Daily Herald
reports. Construction is under way on the tower, which will be used to monitor
rail traffic. The negotiations were to replace the original tower site near
SEPTA issued the following
statement: The rejection by the U.S. Department of Transportation of
Pennsylvania's planned funding of highway and public transit will create a deep
and long lasting effect on many major SEPTA projects.
Canadian Pacific Railway
Limited appointed Edmond (Ed) Harris to the position of executive vice president
and chief operations officer. Reporting to CP President and Chief Executive
Officer Fred Green, Harris will join the company with responsibility for all
aspects of railroad operations, safety, customer service, engineering and
mechanical services in both Canada and the U.S.
Railroad and local
transportation officials have less than two days to save a $202-million train
overpass proposed in Colton, Calif., but have not announced any breakthroughs
and remain guarded regarding if an acceptable deal can be reached, The
Rail Services Inc. said that its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Wood Energy
Group, Inc., has completed the construction of a railroad tie-grinding facility
in Shreveport, La. Wood Energy, one of the nation's largest railroad tie
reclamation/energy generation companies, reclaims railroad ties for Class 1,
regional and shortline railroads and then disposes of the ties to either the
energy co-generation or landscape markets.
A track work program in
the Queens Village area and grade crossing renewals during the weekends of
April 10-11 and April 17-18 will mean no train service on the Long Island Rail
Road Hempstead Branch and train service frequency will be reduced on the Port
Jefferson/Huntington Branch. Customers should consider taking trains from South
Shore LIRR stations (Babylon, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches) in order
to avoid delays during the two weekends.
Unitrac Railroad Materials,
Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty
trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has received a
three-year contract to supply special trackwork to the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The amount of manufactured trackwork that will
be provided by Unitrac under this contract is valued at approximately $7.2 million
over the next three years.