As part of Chicago Transit Authority's
work to replace the signal and train control systems in the Loop, the weekend
beginning November 14 crews will be installing a new signal control facility at
Lake and Wells that will require elevated trains to reroute on Saturday and
Sunday. Brown, Green, Pink and Orange line trains will be temporarily rerouted
from approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 14 until 8 p.m. Sunday,
November 15. Brown and Orange line trains will operate on the Lake and Wabash
elevated tracks only. Green and Pink line trains will operate on the Wells and
Van Buren elevated tracks only.
A $10-billion unfunded
mandate regarding "positive train control" -- wherein trains will
need to be outfitted with GPS technology that'll detect when trains are near
each other -- may hamper the railroad industry as a whole, but as far as
Canadian National's plans for Northwest Indiana go, it's full steam ahead, the Gary
Caltrain is soliciting
public comment on the annual update of its Short-Range Transit Plan (Fiscal
Year 2009 & 2010 - Fiscal Year 2018). The plan includes the 10-year
operating and capital plan and financial projections used to qualify for state
and federal funds.
With a catchy new name and
wads of cash, the LSTAR has left the station, the San Antonio Express-News
reports. The Lone Star Rail District said that it's moving closer to a goal of
connecting San Antonio to Austin and beyond with a commuter rail line.
Individuals who ride
public transportation can save on average $9,190 annually based on the November
9, 2009 national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking
rate. Over the last year, an individual riding public transportation would have
saved an additional $255 due to the 41-cent increase of gasoline per gallon
since November 2008.
The Whitefish River
clean-up work in Montana is on schedule, but Environmental Protection Agency
officials say it will take several years to finish the project, local media
report. The EPA ordered the railroad to clean about two miles of the Whitefish
River. The diesel and bunker oil fuel contamination appears to come from the BNSF
season track improvements, new West of Hudson schedules went into effect on
Sunday, November 8, 2009. On the Port Jervis Line: With the completion of work
on the interlocking at Harriman, travel times have been reduced by one minute
on westbound trips from Harriman to Port Jervis.
Inc., a subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc., and Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Corporation have agreed to a seven-year extension of an existing
contract for railroad crossties and various other products and services. The
agreement extends the existing contract, which runs through December 31, 2010,
for an additional seven years through December 31, 2017. Revenues from BNSF
under this contract amounted to approximately $57 million in 2008.
At a ceremony in Oshawa,
Ontario, Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa; Oshawa Mayor John Gray,
and Mr. Pierre Santoni, VIA Rail's National Sales Director, announced VIA's
plans for a new station with improved and expanded facilities. VIA estimates
that it will invest as much as C$7 million for the new station and related
improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of
Canada. Of the project's total cost, $3 million will come from the government's
Economic Action Plan.