Iowa Governor Chet Culver joined
Congressman Bruce Braley in Waterloo to reopen the Iowa Northern Railway
bridge, a freight line that was damaged when the Cedar River flooded in 2008.
The reconstruction project is funded through $1 million in Culver/Judge I-JOBS
funds, and $2.1 million in federal railroad funds, secured by Congressman
Braley. The bridge is completely repaired except for the laying of the tracks.
The OneRail Coalition
last week sent a letter (see below) to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman
Patty Murray urging increased support for railroad investment in H.R. 3288, the
FY2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.
Norfolk Southern has
launched a new Website focusing on the benefits of its corridor and
public-private partnership projects. The Web site, TheFutureNeedsUs.com <http://www.thefutureneedsus.com/>, describes projects to increase rail freight transportation
capacity and improve mobility and the environment. Information is provided for
projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West
Virginia, where governors Riley, Barbour, Rendell, Bredesen, Kaine and Manchin
are leaders in supporting transportation solutions.
The National Gateway
coalition has been honored as "Competitiveness Project of the Year"
by the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, a leading infrastructure
identification and development group. The award recognizes the National Gateway
as the "project that contributes most to the [North American] region's
capacity for global competitiveness."
the public's first opportunity to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine
railroads, the message was clear: Make them work for Maine businesses, the
Bangor Daily News reports. About 25 people from railroads, economic development
groups and government agencies gathered in Bangor to discuss the development of
the Maine Rail Plan. The state has hired consulting firm HNTB Corp. to formulate
a blueprint for improving rail access in Maine, for both freight and
Work on Caltrain's Grade
Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings
in San Mateo County, continues at Broadway and Oak Grove Avenue in Burlingame.
The work will take place from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, between the hours of 8 p.m.
and 4 a.m. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted
street will remain open.
RailComm, a leading
provider of software-based train control and railroad/passenger rail management
information systems, has been ranked by Inc. magazine's Inc. 5,000 list of the
fastest-growing private companies in the country. RailComm was recognized based
on its revenue growth of 208.2 percent from 2005 to 2008 and ranked 1,528 on
the overall list. RailComm was also ranked 93rd amongst the top
software development companies. This is RailComm's third year in a row to be
recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list.
The Iowa Department of
Transportation, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation,
is seeking public input concerning the environmental assessment of proposed
routes for intercity passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago.
Released for public review on Sept. 25, the EA will be presented and discussed
at a public input meeting Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Moline, Ill.
The federal Surface
Transportation Board has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for
the Alaska Railroad Corporation application to construct and operate a rail
line between North Pole and Delta Junction. Known as the Northern Rail
Extension, the project would offer safe freight and passenger rail service to
communities southeast of North Pole; support agricultural, mining and
petrochemical industries; and provide year-round reliable access to military