As a part of its Great
American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fifth Civic Conversation in
San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger
rail stations with a focus on communities along the routes of the Texas Eagle, Sunset
Limited and Heartland Flyer. The two-day workshop, January 27-28, includes
information on design and planning guidelines and a how-to session on getting
started on a station renewal project and the types of state and federal grants
available for station improvements.
As part of BART's system-wide
Earthquake Safety Program, the agency has been strengthening structures at the
Daly City, Calif., station to withstand future earthquakes. Starting early
February 2010, construction crews will start work inside the station. As a result,
BART will close two fare gates at the south end of the station, which may
result in delays during the peak morning and evening commute hours as riders
pass through the remaining fare gates.
distributor, Rhine Group BV, has won a major contract to protect the main rail
infrastructure in the Netherlands from metal theft, using forensic marking
product SelectaDNA. Rhine Group has been awarded the contract by Dutch rail
company ProRail BV to combat trackside metal theft. The increased risk of
stealing, transporting and handling SelectaDNA-marked copper and other metals
is expected to deter thieves and have a significant impact on the number of
RailComm has been selected
to provide a shove track detection and indication system to complement its
existing yard control system at CSX Transportation's Erwin Terminal in
Tennessee. The system will provide remote indication of the shove track status,
allowing the train operator to know when his/her train has reached the detected
limits of the shove zone. The shove track system will interface to the existing
DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) System and will provide field
indications and an indication of the shove track status on the DOC®
System graphical user interface.
has reduced transit schedules on 60 percent of its Domestic Intermodal Premium
Container traffic, and added 16 more days of service.
Jan. 25 marked the
formal launch of BART's expanded API. API stands for Application Programming
Interface - sets of routines, data structures and protocols that support the
building of applications. BART has a long commitment to making its data open to
the public - such as the schedules for trains, and advisories when there are
delays. We were the first Bay Area transit agency to provide public open data,
starting in 2007.
The lawsuit probably couldn't
have come at a worse time for BNSF Railway, the Kansas City Star reports. The
federal government is getting close to announcing whether BNSF will get $50
million in federal stimulus money to start building a massive rail hub in
Johnson County. The project has to be "shovel ready" to get the money, but its
environmental permit is the target of a lawsuit, which could delay one of the
area's biggest development projects.
Charlotte, N.C., is going
to ask the federal government for $25 million to help build a streetcar line
uptown, The Charlotte Observer reports. The City Council voted 7-4 Jan. 25 to
apply for a grant that would pay for much of a 1.5-mile line from the Charlotte
Transportation Center to Presbyterian Hospital on Hawthorne Drive in the
Elizabeth neighborhood. If successful, the city would need to spend at least
$12 million of its own money to finish construction.
Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)
called on Metra to add weekday train service to the Heritage Corridor line,
which currently offers three weekday round trips between Joliet and Chicago's
Union Station, with stops in Summit, Willow Springs, Lemont, and Lockport.