Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor Clearance Improvement Project has been awarded the 2010 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence. The $190 million project, which improves capacity, clearances, and travel times for freight rail traffic between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., was named during the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.
This is the 12th year the award was presented.
Norfolk Southern Friday began running test trains on its upgraded Heartland Corridor between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., with hopes of beginning scheduled service on the improved route September 9.
The Seattle-area Sound
Transit Board of Directors authorized the award of the construction contract
for the Sounder D-to-M Streets Track and Signal project to low-bidder
MidMountain Contractors, Inc. The project will build a new commuter rail line
from East D to South M Streets in Tacoma.
High-Speed Rail in Southern California," a new report released August 27 by the
Center for Urban Infrastructure, showcases the benefits of a fast, convenient,
and efficient intercity high-speed rail system on southern California's
MTA Long Island Rail Road
continues to advise customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays
during Friday's morning and evening rush hours August 27 as repair work and
testing continues as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica
Station caused by a cable fire on the morning of August 23.
Railroad officials have
imposed slower speeds on Amtrak trains traveling through portions of western
Kansas because of deteriorating track conditions, The Hutchinson News reports. The
slowdown, which could become permanent, has added about 45 minutes to the run
from La Junta, Colo., to Hutchinson, Kan. Without a significant influx of
spending on the line, the miles of slowdown are expected to increase with time.
Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, is
to support Alstom's contract with Angel & Southeastern in the United
Kingdom, in conjunction with Nexala, to supply a remote condition based
monitoring system, on Southeastern's Networkers. The contract has been awarded
for the design, supply and installation of the system for the Alstom Class 465/2,
465/9 and Class 466 fleets, totalling 93 units.
Last week's flooding at
the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to
pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit,
zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was
under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water
backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.
The Metropolitan Council in
the Twin Cities awarded the second heavy construction contract for the Central
Corridor light rail transit Project to Ames Construction/C.S.McCrossan and gave
Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. the contract to build 41 light-rail