In the biggest move in
decades to renovate Connecticut's freight rail system, the state is seeking
more than $109 million in grants to refurbish or rebuild deteriorated tracks in
Middletown, Hartford, East Windsor, Danbury and elsewhere, according to The
On October 1, Union
Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Director of Iowa Department of
Transportation Nancy Richardson and Boone Mayor John Slight will officially
open and name the new railroad bridge just west of Boone, Iowa, that is one of
the highest double-track railroad bridges in North America coming in at 2,813
feet long and 190 feet high above the Des Moines River. After remarks from Young, Director
Richardson and Mayor Slight at the UP depot in Boone, officials and media will
board a train to go look at the new bridge close up. The public is invited to
attend the remarks at the UP depot.
Revenue service testing
for both the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line extension and Northstar Commuter
Rail will begin in mid-October. The trains will run on the regular schedule,
but will not yet be available to the public. Northstar and LRT extension
service will begin on Monday, Nov. 16.
In a move that places Los
Angeles County in contention to receive its fair share of future federal rail
funding, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of
Directors voted to pursue long-term funding agreements through the US.
Department of Transportation to build the Westside Subway Extension and
Regional Connector projects.
Houston METRO's Title VI
program has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration - another step
toward federal Full Funding Grant Agreements for the build out of Houston's
light-rail system. After a thorough study,
the FTA's Office of Civil Rights ruled METRO's program is complete and in
compliance with requirements related to Title VI. This compliance is necessary
to apply for the FTA's New Starts program - the federal government's primary
financial resource for supporting major transit "guideway" capital
investments such as light rail.
The ripple effects of
what would happen if funding hadn't been secured for the BNSF railroad bridge
between Burlington, Iowa, and Gulfport, Ill., could have been grim, according
to the Burlington Hawkeye. On top
of the obvious safety concerns -- despite daily inspections -- delivery of
goods would be delayed as inspections took days and trains crossed the bridge
one at a time.
The State of Wisconsin has
authorized a total of $30.6 million in loans and grants to help construct,
preserve or upgrade rail-related facilities across the state, the Business
Journal of Milwaukee reports. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said 10 state awards as
part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin's agricultural
When BNSF employee Daryle
Haugen decided to retire, his decision on timing wasn't based on stock price or
some family trip he had been waiting to take, according to a story in the
railroad's employee newsletter. It had everything to do with finishing one last
project. Haugen, who was a
Structures foreman, on the Twin Cities Subdivision when he retired in August,
was preparing to retire when he was asked to take on the Delano, Minn., bridge.
CN said it has completed
of the $100-million multi-year construction project to reconfigure and
modernize its Memphis rail classification yard.
The Chicago Transit
Authority will hold a third round of public meetings in September to receive
input on the proposed Circle Line project. The meetings are part of the
Alternatives Analysis study - the first step in pursuing federal funding for
major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine
all the transit options available and determine a Locally Preferred Alternative.