CTA schedules public meetings for proposed Circle Line

The Chicago Transit
Authority will hold a third round of public meetings in September to receive
input on the proposed Circle Line project. The meetings are part of the
Alternatives Analysis study – the first step in pursuing federal funding for
major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine
all the transit options available and determine a Locally Preferred Alternative.

Port Authority completes major components of ExpressRail

Continuing its initiatives
to maintain world-class facilities while improving air quality at the Port of
New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority said that two major components of
the Port of New York and New Jersey’s $600 million ExpressRail project have
been completed. The projects will allow 1.3 million cargo containers to be shipped
by rail, taking approximately three million trucks off state and local roads.

MTA board OKs $28 billion for LIRR, other projects

The Metropolitan
Transportation Authority board voted to spend $28.1 billion to improve transit
infrastructure in the region, including the tackling of major projects on the
Long Island Rail Road, Newsday reported. At a Manhattan meeting, the board
voted to adopt the MTA’s proposed five-year capital program, which would fund
large transit projects from 2010 to 2014. The proposed budget still requires
approval from the four voting members of the state’s MTA Capital Program Review

Fort Worth concludes deal with UP on overpass

Ft. Worth City Council
members wrapped up a complicated deal with Union Pacific that will allow
construction of an overpass for the Southwest Parkway over the Davidson Rail
Yard along West Vickery Boulevard, according to The Star-Telegram.

Railroad shows intermodal facility plans to public

Pan Am Southern railroad,
which wants to build an intermodal yard in the area, showed the town planning
board and residents how it plans to deal with noise and traffic concerns at a
meeting at Halfmoon, N.Y., town hall, local newspapers report.

BNSF poised to grow in Galesburg, Ill.

BNSF officials were
cautiously optimistic about the future at a special forum on the railroad
industry at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill., The Register-Mail
reported. Plans to build a diesel repair shop, a third main track in the BNSF’s
classification yard in Galesburg and storage tracks that allow freight trains
that are being made up to be moved aside to allow other traffic through, could
lead to the creation of more jobs once the economy rebounds, the officials

Massachusetts finalizes agreement with CSX Transportation

Mass. Lieutenant Governor
Timothy Murray said that the Commonwealth’s comprehensive multi-year rail
transportation agreement with CSX Transportation, the national freight carrier
serving Massachusetts, has been finalized. Lieutenant Governor Murray, who has
been working on this agreement since he was Mayor of Worcester, led the
negotiations for this agreement on behalf of the administration with critical
support from the Governor, Senator John Kerry and Congressman Jim McGovern. Many
of the agreement’s major elements were resolved last year; however, the long-standing
debate concerning liability remained unresolved.


BNSF Burlington, Iowa, bridge upgrade work begins

Work has begun to replace
BNSF Railway’s 118-year-old swing span over the Mississippi River at Burlington,
Iowa, with a modern lift span that will increase the river channel width from
150 feet to 307 feet 6 inches. The $70-million project is scheduled for
completion in the summer of 2011.

CN reaches voluntary mitigation agreement with Park Forest, Ill.

CN reached a voluntary
mitigation agreement with the Village of Park Forest, Ill., located
approximately 30 miles south of downtown Chicago, addressing the municipality’s
environmental issues with CN’s acquisition of the principal lines of the former
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. CN completed the acquisition on Jan.
31, 2009, and is running trains over the line. Under the agreement, CN will
provide funding for a range of measures, including traffic improvements and
rail noise mitigation, quiet zones and fencing.

Canadian pacific signs on for E-RAILSAFE Canada

e-VERIFILE.COM Inc. said Canadian
Pacific has joined e-RAILSAFE Canada–the latest in the company’s line of e-RAILSAFE
workplace safety/security management services. As part of its use of e-RAILSAFE
Canada, CP will now require its contractors/vendors and their employees that
require access to CP’s Canadian-based properties, to participate in Compliance
Programs that CP creates and administers via the ERS- Canada system.

BNSF performs $900,000 crossing project in Louisiana

BSNF began a major track rehabilitation and grade crossing project in New Iberia, LA, this week. Six crossings between Jefferson and Center streets will receive $900,000 worth of work to fix drainage problems.

Close to 2,500 feet of track will be replaced, new crossings will also be installed and new subsurface water pipes will be installed to stop water from accumulating inside the tracks during heavy rains. The work began Monday and should be completed by Thursday.

Union Pacific Recognized Among Nation’s Top 50 “Best Places to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek

Union Pacific has been named one of the nation’s top 50 "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek. The magazine ranks the railroad No. 28 on the list, up from No. 39 last year.

To determine which employers are best for entry-level workers, BusinessWeek used a three-part methodology.

• The magazine surveyed career services directors at U.S. colleges to learn which employers were tops on their lists.
• Those employers were asked to complete a survey on their hiring, pay, benefits, and training programs, which we then compared with others in the same industry.

• Universum USA, a Philadelphia research company, provided the results of its 2009 survey of more than 60,000 U.S. undergraduates, who were asked to identify their five most desirable employers.

The employer survey counted for 50 percent of the final ranking, while the career services and student surveys counted for 25 percent each.

CN announces enhanced calculator to estimate greenhouse gas-emissions for multi-modal shipments

Canadian National unveiled an upgraded online greenhouse gas-emissions calculator that estimates total carbon emissions for shipments across multiple modes of transportation.

The new calculator, located at http://www.cn.ca/ghg_calculator, generates carbon-emission estimates for shipments using a combination of vessel, rail and truck – such as containers moving internationally from Asia to North American destinations along CN’s network – or domestic shipments using a combination of rail and truck or a single mode of transportation.

NTSB identifies signal failure in fatal D.C. Metrorail collision

The National Transportation
Safety Board issued nine safety recommendations, six of which are urgent, to address
concerns about the safety of train control systems that use audio frequency
track circuits. The recommendations are the result of NTSB’s ongoing investigation
into the collision between two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority trains
on the Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C., on June 22,

$100 million for 
43 transit projects

The Obama Administration said
$100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding will go to 43 transit agencies
that are pursuing cutting-edge environmental technologies to help reduce global
warming, lessen America’s dependence on oil and create green jobs.

Governor opens new Hoboken-Jersey City pedestrian bridge

New Jersey Governor Jon
S. Corzine officially opened a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront
Walkway, providing a new pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken. Made
possible through a public private partnership between the LeFrak Organization-the
developers of Newport-and NJ TRANSIT, the new pedestrian bridge spans the Long
Slip Canal, connecting with a new 750-foot section of walkway built by Newport
in Jersey City. The walkway provides pedestrian access to NJ TRANSIT, PATH and
ferry services at Hoboken Terminal, as well as local businesses and recreation
sites, while allowing Hoboken residents and commuters direct access to Newport
and Jersey City.

Mourning the loss of Dr. Hans Vossloh

Hans Vossloh, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vossloh AG, died
today age 90. He was the last surviving grandchild of founder Eduard Vossloh.
After bearing operational responsibility for more than 40 years, Dr. Hans
Vossloh played a lead role in the transformation from a successful family
enterprise to a stock corporation. In 1986 he moved from the management of
Vossloh-Werke, Werdohl, to Supervisory Board Chairman and laid the groundwork
for the Company’s IPO in 1990. Since 1994, Dr. Hans Vossloh has been Honorary
Supervisory Board Chairman.