Union Pacific and
CSX Transportation launched RailChem Connect, a coordinated rail service for
expedited transport of chemicals between the Texas Gulf Coast region and the
Southeast. The new RailChem Connect service is the result of increased
coordination and re-designed interline service by the two railroads for their
chemicals market customers. The service allows shipments to bypass smaller rail
yards for expedited transit between major hubs. These changes, along with
increased operations coordination between the railroads, increase reliability
of east- and west-bound service between Union Pacific-served chemical markets
such as Houston, southern Texas and Louisiana, and CSXT-served consumption markets
in the southeastern states. RailChem Connect offers more consistent transit
times, faster equipment turns and a shorter route than previously available for
chemical shipments in this corridor.
Following five years of
construction and coming in on budget with a flawless four-million-plus-hour
construction safety record, the Edward R. Roybal Metro Gold Line Eastside
Extension from Union Station downtown to East Los Angeles will open to the
public on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Standing with U.S.
Senator Arlen Specter, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Philadelphia Mayor
Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler,
SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey, DRPA Board Chair John H. Estey, Board Vice
Chair Jeff Nash and others, DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen,
announced an agreement that will result in Light Rail Service along Market
Street between City Hall and the Delaware River Waterfront initially serving
Pier 70 to the South and SEPTA's Route 15 Trolley at Girard Avenue to the
Will riders of the Chicago
Transit Authority's Red Line trains be pulling into the Apple iTrain station
any time soon? That's the question being posed after CTA officials confirmed
they were in talks with Apple over the technological giant's plans to fork over
millions to refurbish the North/Clybourn station, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Steve Weber has been
named Vice President of Engineering for Nordco, Inc., where he will focus on the
development of new products. Weber's extensive experience includes both
development of new product lines and maintenance of existing products. His most
recent position prior to joining Nordco was in the outdoor power equipment
Labrador Iron Mines
Holdings Limited has signed a Rail Co-operation Agreement with New Millennium
Capital Corp. regarding the reconstruction of the "Timmins Extension"
rail spur line that will run from the TSH Railroad main rail line near
Schefferville, Quebec, approximately 2.5 miles to LIM's planned processing
center at Silver Yards and on a further approximately 13 miles to NML's planned
processing center at the Timmins mining area.
On Oct. 26, Secretary Ray
LaHood convened the first meeting of a newly created U.S. Department of
Transportation Safety Council formed to tackle critical transportation safety
issues facing the department's 10 operating administrations.
Front Royal, Va.,
Councilman N. Shae Parker verbally blasted representatives of Norfolk Southern over
the firm's proposal that will involve the use of explosives for a construction
project, according to local newspapers. The railroad is offering to pay Front Royal $160,000 in exchange for
vacation of a portion of Depot Avenue and the acquisition of a temporary
construction easement on a 100-foot wide strip of town property.
The South Shore in
northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to the last in a series of planned
temporary weekend construction outages. The fifth and final 2009 weekend outage
is scheduled for October 31 - November 2, 2009. South Shore trains will not operate in either direction between
South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31, thru
3:00 a.m. Monday, November 2.
and Norfolk Southern introduced Gulf Coast Flyer, a rail service for
the safe transport of chemicals between the Union Pacific-served southern Texas
and Louisiana regions and Norfolk Southern destinations across the northeastern
and southeastern United States.