Metro weekend rail service changes Jan. 29-31

Track maintenance on the
Red Line in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29-31 will cause inbound and outbound trains
to take turns sharing one track. Metrorail customers traveling between the
Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations should add at least
20 minutes to their travel time because Metro will replace rail fasteners that
stabilize tracks, and make tunnel repairs.

Trinity Railway Express track project receiving $7 million in federal funds


Area Rapid Transit and the Trinity Railway Express will receive nearly $7.2
million in federal funds to help complete the construction of a five-mile
section of double-track rail line between West Irving and CentrePort/DFW
Airport stations. The funds are from the Federal Railroad Administration’s 2009
appropriation for passenger rail service.


OnTrackAmerica adds three staffers

Expanding on the
momentum it built throughout 2009, OnTrackAmerica (OTA), the Philadelphia-based
non-profit transportation consultancy is expanding its staff to fully develop
its comprehensive agenda for 2010.


LIRR bridge installation, NYC Transit Rockaways station work

There will be no train
service along the Long Beach Branch Jan. 30-31 due to the installation of two
new MTA Long Island Rail Road bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel.
The $24.5 million project, funded through the MTA Capital Program and Federal
Transit Administration grants, will also require the shutdown of train service
on four other weekends later this year – March 20-21, March 27-28, May 1-2 and
May 15-16.


L.B. Foster supplies concrete ties for EGT Columbia River Grain Terminal

CXT, Inc., a
wholly owned subsidiary of L.B. Foster Company, has been awarded a contract by
West Rail Construction to supply 23,000 concrete rail ties for the unloading
system at EGT’s Columbia River Grain Terminal. CXT plans to start shipment of
ties from its Spokane manufacturing plant to the new Longview, Wash., riverside
facility in February.

Portland’s WES marks first year in service

TriMet WES Commuter Rail
line marks its first year in service on February 2. Oregon’s first commuter rail
line connects the Portland suburban cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and
Wilsonville with weekday rush hour service.

Commission votes in favor of Oakland Airport Connector

The commission for the Bay
Area’s transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency voted 11 to 5
to keep $70 million in Stimulus funds with the Oakland Airport Connector Project.
However, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will revisit the issue at a
special February 17 meeting.

Working on the railroad: Projects could add hundreds of jobs to region

Two large-scale projects
being pursued by Riverport Railroad, LLC, in Savanna, Ill., have the potential
to add 350 to 400 new jobs to the Carroll County area, said Jack Koster, Riverport’s
president and CEO, the Freeport Journal Standard reports. The projects in
question will not only create jobs, but generate significant property tax
revenue and establish a "Rail Car Mall" serving companies across the U.S.,
Koster said.

Panel warns of Hudson River tunnel delay

Construction of a second
commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River, one of the biggest public works
projects under way in the country, could be delayed by issues about the use of
eminent domain to take property on the West Side of Manhattan, The New York

ICC approves safety improvements at five Illinois grade crossings

February 14, 2001

The Illinois
Commerce Commission has granted approval for safety improvements at five grade
crossings around the state. ICC OKed the installation of new automatic flashing
light signals and gates and roadway approach grade improvements at the N. 9th
Avenue highway-rail grade crossing of Norfolk Southern track near Litchfield,
Montgomery County The total estimated cost for the new automatic warning
devices is $280,806. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent
of the signal installation costs, not to exceed $266,766. NS will pay all remaining
installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs
related to the new automatic warning devices. All work is to be completed by Jan.
6, 2011.

Windsor rail tunnel proposal moves closer to reality

February 14, 2001

The companies behind a
C$400-million proposal to build a second Detroit River rail tunnel have issued
a pre-bid notice – a call for companies to prove qualifications – to conduct
the environmental assessment for the project, The Windsor Star reports.
Borealis Infrastructure and Canadian Pacific Railway, co-owners of the
100-year-old Windsor-Detroit rail tunnel, plan to build an adjacent tunnel to
accommodate larger double-stacked railway cars and possibly high-speed
cross-border passenger service.

Lawmaker questions Rochester rail bypass

February 14, 2001

A Plainview lawmaker is
backing away from supporting Rochester, Minnesota’s proposed railroad bypass,
The Post-Bulletin reports. DFL House Assistant Majority Leader Andy Welti
recently sent a letter to constituents who live along the potential rail route
saying that it is time to start negotiating with the railroad.

HDR selected for New Orleans environmental, engineering work

February 14, 2001

The New Orleans Regional
Transit Authority has selected HDR to complete an environment assessment and
preliminary engineering for extensions of the New Orleans streetcar network
into the Central Business District and neighborhoods surrounding the French
Quarter. HDR previously did the alternatives analysis identifying streetcar
investments for these areas, and the related conceptual engineering.

ACZA ties listed in AWPA standards

February 14, 2001

The Executive Committee
of the American Wood Protection Association gave final approval on January 26
for listing of ACZA-treated railroad ties in the AWPA Book of Standards.
Ammoniacal Copper Zinc Arsenate (ACZA) has been listed in AWPA standards since
1983 as an accepted wood preservative, but it was not listed for protection of
ties. Recent pressures on creosote-treated ties led Arch Wood Protection, Inc.,
licensor of the Chemonite brand of ACZA-treated wood, to submit test data to
AWPA membership for tie applications.

National Gateway hub showcases environmental commitment

February 14, 2001

Cutting-edge environmental
technologies and green design will make the Northwest Ohio Terminal Facility, a
new freight transit hub under construction in North Baltimore, Ohio, one of the
most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced freight terminals in
the country.

$171 million for Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco

February 14, 2001

The construction of a new
transit center in downtown San Francisco received a financial boost from a
$171-million federal loan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The
new Transbay Transit Center will connect the Bay Area to the rest of
California, making daily commutes and longer trips easier, faster and more

UP investing nearly $42 million to improve rail lines in Arizona

February 14, 2001

Union Pacific is investing
nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona.  Projects under way in the first quarter
2010 include track renewal work in the Phoenix and Mesa areas, railroad tie
replacement in Union Pacific’s Phoenix and Tucson rail yards and railroad tie
replacement on Union Pacific’s main line between Casa Grande and Yuma.

Major weekend work on New York City’s 7 Line

February 14, 2001

Beginning the weekend of Jan.
29-Feb 1 and running for nine consecutive weekends, MTA NYC Transit 7 Line trains
will operate between Main Street-Flushing and Queensboro Plaza only. There will
be no 7 train service between Grand Central in Manhattan and Long Island City.
Fare-free shuttle buses will be available.

Amtrak hosts “civic conversation” on San Antonio depot

February 14, 2001

As a part of its Great
American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fifth Civic Conversation in
San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger
rail stations with a focus on communities along the routes of the Texas Eagle, Sunset
Limited and Heartland Flyer. The two-day workshop, January 27-28, includes
information on design and planning guidelines and a how-to session on getting
started on a station renewal project and the types of state and federal grants
available for station improvements.