Crews continue to work on
the Northstar commuter rail line in Minnesota in preparation for a November
opening. LRT and Northstar system testing continues. Communications system
testing and programming continued at the LRT station. Punchlist work is ongoing
at the Northstar and LRT stations and in the stations in Coon Rapids, Anoka,
Elk River and Big Lake.
The EJ&E Railway was
a major issue on the Frankfort, Ill., Village Board Meeting's agenda, according to local newspapers. Since the purchase of
EJ&E, the Village of Frankfort has worked with Canadian National to make
the crossings safer and work with residents to provide any help they need with
noise along with providing a Quiet Zone in the area.
CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement with the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., located
approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, that addresses the
municipality's environmental issues with CN's acquisition of the principal
lines of the former Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the
acquisition on Jan. 31, 2009, and is running trains over the line.
Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system has been selected
to replace the existing Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) office system for Denver
Regional Transportation District's Central Corridor. RailComm's DOC®:CTC
is a next generation computer-aided dispatching system used to centrally
control the CTC signal system and the Overhead Catenary System electrification
Port of Seattle contractors
recently successfully installed the pedestrian bridge that connects the new
airport Link light rail station with the airport parking garage. Traffic was
temporarily detoured. The bridgework was a
significant step in the construction of the SeaTac/Airport light rail station.
Overall, work is coming along well and passenger service to the new station
will begin in December. Once that extension is made, passenger will be able to
ride a Link train from the airport all the way to downtown Seattle.
The Société de transport
de Montréal said Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM métro stations are now equipped
with elevators to reach the lower platform levels. As such, the STM is
providing better access to all clients traveling along the Orange line,
particularly those with functional limitations. The installation of elevators
in these two stations, in addition to Cartier, De La Concorde and Montmorency
stations, now brings the number of accessible stations on the Orange line up to
five. Henri-Bourassa, Bonaventure and Côte-Vertu stations will also be equipped
with elevators by early 2011.
After two years of
studying options for a new transit system for the Crenshaw Corridor, the Los
Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is encouraging public
comment on draft environmental documents at four public hearings scheduled
throughout the community in late September and early October.
One year after 25 people
died in a violent head-on collision between a Los Angeles Metrolink passenger
train and freight train, officials have cobbled together more than $74 million
to pay for an automatic train-stopping system along Southern California tracks
to keep it from happening again, The Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise
reports. Though they are pleased with the progress, a lot of ground remains to
be covered to meet a self-imposed 2012 deadline to install such a system on
passenger train routes.
Freight trains have begun
moving across a new $43-million bridge over Iowa's Des Moines River that
reportedly is the tallest double-track railroad structure in North America, the
Des Moines Register reports.
The Boone High Bridge, which is 2,550 feet long
and 190 feet high, will improve operational efficiency and customer service on
Iowa's busiest railroad corridor, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for the Union
Pacific Railroad, which commissioned the bridge project.
Amtrak is back on board. After six months of negotiations
with state and city officials, the railroad agreed to join the long-delayed
makeover of Farley Post Office as Moynihan Station, according to the New York Daily News.