International Corporation and Caterpillar Inc. closed a joint venture
transaction resulting in a new company, NC2 Global LLC, to serve the global
commercial truck market.Navistar
and Caterpillar first announced plans to form a joint venture in June 2008 and
have identified the leadership team of the new entity that will establish its
headquarters in the Chicago area.
Although construction work
continues, on Saturday afternoon, September 12, CTA customers entering and
exiting the Fullerton station served by the Red, Brown and Purple lines will
begin using the new station entrance located approximately 75 feet west of the
existing temporary entrance. The temporary entrance was opened in October 2006
to allow crews to relocate the historic stationhouse to the north side of
Fullerton Parkway and build the new station in its place.
CN celebrated the official
opening of its new C$14-million Toronto Automotive Compound at MacMillan Yard
north of Toronto. The new facility’s track layout will accommodate the
unloading of 60 auto-carrying rail cars at once, compared with 27 unloading
spots at the former compound at Mac Yard, and will have room to park up to
4,500 vehicles. A planned phase two expansion of the compound will provide
parking for 6,000 cars and/or trucks.
The Connecticut Department
of Environmental Protection has tentatively approved Amtrak’s application to
replace the Niantic River Bridge, bringing the railroad one step closer to
getting all the permits it needs, according to The Day.
The look of Norfolk’s
light-rail starter line, scheduled to open in about a year, is starting to take
shape, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Stations have been designed. Electrical
poles and wires are going up. The pavement around embedded rail has been dyed
The New Mexico Rail Runner
Express is ready to open its Lobo Special Events Platform. More than a year
ago, the University of New Mexico and the Mid-Region Council of Governments
collaborated on an idea to create a special events platform for Lobo Athletics.
The MRCOG then worked with the governor and legislators to procure an
additional half-million dollars in funding, and UNM matched that funding with
another half-million dollars.
Beginning the week of
Sept. 14, NJ TRANSIT will adjust weekday midday service on the Pascack Valley
Line to accommodate necessary track work. NJ TRANSIT crews will make priority
repairs to the Essex Street grade crossing in Hackensack to address damage to
the crossing caused by a motor vehicle. While the track is out of service, NJ
TRANSIT will also perform regular track maintenance on the line.
Standing trackside outside
Metra’s 80th Avenue Station in Tinley Park, Ill., recently, Tom Britt wasn’t
happy, the Chicago Tribune reports. "This station needs to
be improved," said the Frankfort, Ill., resident, "desperately."
(The following editorial appeared
in the Springfield, Ill., State Journal-Register.)
We are profoundly hopeful
that today’s Illinois high-speed rail summit in Chicago can bring about a plan
in which this state can have a good shot at federal funds for a Chicago-St.
Louis route without severely damaging this community’s quality of life and
future economic growth. But based on recent correspondence between Union
Pacific and local officials, Union Pacific is going to need a fairly drastic
attitude adjustment if that is to happen. So far, the railroad’s attitude has
been that Springfield needs to quit complaining about its plans because our
objections might jeopardize the state’s shot at $2 billion-plus in federal
stimulus money for high-speed rail. It has been abetted in this attitude by the
Illinois Department of Transportation.
At a ceremony in Cobourg,
Ontario, Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock, Mayor Peter Delanty and
John Marginson, VIA Rail Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, said VIA plans 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. C$1
million of the project’s cost will come from the government’s Economic Action
PATCO is set to
embark on a three-month project to both repave the roadway and repair concrete
curbs for the access roads at six PATCO Stations in New Jersey. Work is
scheduled to begin on September 14 at the Lindenwold Station, with work then proceeding
west to Ashland, Haddonfield, Westmont, Collingswood and Ferry Avenue. At times
the roadwork will require some traffic pattern changes at the Stations.
The Union Pacific sidetrack
is under construction west of California, Mo., in the vicinity of Elkhorn
Crossing, the California Democrat reports. When completed in December 2009, the
9,000-foot rail side track will allow two trains to pass, adding capacity and
reducing delays for both rail freight shipments and the Amtrak Missouri River
Runner trains between Kansas City and St. Louis.
Design changes being
mandated by a railroad company will increase the cost of building an underpass
at the Robinson Street crossing in Norman, Okla., by about $1.4 million, city
officials say, according to The Oklahoman. Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary
said the city hopes to use stimulus money to cover most of the increased cost
of the now $26 million project.
For two hours Sept. 10,
city and railroad officials made themselves available to answer questions
regarding a nine-month train track realignment between Mitchell and North
Independence streets as they host an open house in downtown Kinston, N.C.,
local newspapers report.
The Oregon International
Port of Coos Bay will begin repairs this week on a series of tunnels whose
deterioration led to the September 2007 closure of the 110-mile Coos Bay line
formerly operated by Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, The News-Review in Roseburg, Ore.,
reports. The work is the first stage of a rehabilitation project to get the
rail line back in operational shape. Officials hope the line could be running
again by the second or third quarter of next year.
Union Pacific railroad
officials responded to Braeside neighborhood residents’ concerns and agreed to
move the massive platform and communications tower being built next to the
railroad tracks on the south east side of Highland Park, Ill., Pioneer Press reports. City leaders requested a meeting with the railroad company after a
group of residents attended the Aug. 24 City Council meeting and spoke against
the construction that created an unsightly streetscape along the once heavily
The CTA moved to equip all
144 rail stations with security cameras, the Chicago Tribune reports. The
agency’s board approved a $4.3-million contract with Teleste Corp. of
Georgetown, Texas, to install cameras and related equipment.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle revealed
a framework of a proposal crafted with legislators from southeastern Wisconsin
on a plan to improve bus and rail service in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine
through a Regional Transit Authority, according to The Business Journal of
Milwaukee. The proposal would give Milwaukee County the authority to raise
local sales taxes by 0.5 percent to fund local transit and a commuter rail
TriMet’s MAX Green Line
opens to the public on Saturday, September 12, and reaches a major milestone of
connecting all three counties by light rail. TriMet’s fifth MAX line extends
from downtown Portland to Clackamas County.
SEPTA began a massive
overhaul Sept. 8 of the Route 102 Sharon Hill Line-the first phase of various
improvements of two trolley lines funded with $34 million in federal stimulus
grants, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.