McKinney Avenue Transit Authority in Dallas is set to celebrate the debut of a streetcar turntable Thursday, Dec. 15, complete with holiday lights coordinated to dazzle viewers when the turntable itself is in use.
Canadian National and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference have reached a tentative agreement to renew the labor contract for approximately 1,800 CN locomotive engineers in Canada.
AECOM Technology announced that a joint venture between AECOM, its Tishman Construction arm, and STV, Inc. was awarded a $19 million contract by the Moynihan Station Development Corp. in partnership with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff on Monday personally announced a grant of $116 million to Utah Transit Authority to extend UTA’s TRAX light rail transit line from Sandy to Draper, Utah.
The Surface Transportation Board announced that it has initiated a proceeding to determine the reasonableness of “certain tariff provisions requiring shippers to indemnify Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) against future liabilities, other than those resulting from UP's negligence or fault, when UP transports toxic by inhalation hazardous (TIH) commodities.” STB is inviting participation by the public.
New Jersey Transit Tuesday posted the release of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for rail service in the Northern Valley portion of Bergen County, N.J., across the Hudson River from New York City. With the standard no-build option as a baseline, NJT outlines two light rail transit options, each an extension of the existing Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit (HBLRT) service now reaching as far north as North Bergen (Hudson County), N.J. Each of the two options would extend HBLRT north into Bergen County for the first time. One option would terminate in Englewood, while the second “preferred” option would end one municipality further north, in Tenafly. The choices selected may be in large part political in nature, since Tenafly officials have voiced continual “concerns” over any potential LRT presence in the borough. Publication of the “Northern Branch Corridor” DEIS by NJ Transit is the first public action taken by the corporation since plans for a trans-Hudson rail tunnel were terminated by Gov. Chris Christie late last year. NJT officials repeatedly had suggested at public hearings that an eventual “one-seat ride” would be possible for Northern Valley residents to Manhattan via the new tunnel, even though no specific plans were ever drawn up for such a possibility and motive power compatibility was a significant obstacle for such implementation. Repeatedly urged by state rail advocates to reconsider its position, NJT in July 2009 instead announced it intention on extending HBLRT instead, per still earlier plans.NJT will hold public hearings in late January for comment on the DEIS.
Communities lining Ontario’s North Shore are racing to beat an Aug. 15 deadline to preserve freight rail service on the Huron Central Railway, linking Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. A committee formed to implement a rescue plan says any measure would require infrastructure investment by senior levels of the provincial government.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based Huron Central has said the short line needs more than C$33 million (US$30.3 million) in upgrades to make it feasible. The company, a subsidiary of Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc., also said it could not continue to operate the line at a loss.
New Democrat Tony Martin, minister of parliament (MP) for Sault Ste. Marie, said, “This rail corridor is vital to all communities in northern Ontario,” adding that Ontario needs “the kind of rail transportation plans that the other provinces have are where the province and Ottawa are directly involved.”
The plan at present requires a “buy-in” from municipalities and rail customers, but Martin insisted the region also needs a commitment from the provincial and federal governments to establish … such a plan.”
But the Ontario Northland General Chairperson's Association believes a better solution, both for the short and long term, is to have Ontario Northland Transportation Commission assume control of the rail line.
Crediting strength in its transit and transportation markets, Wilmerding, Pa.-based Wabtec Corp. Wednesday said it posted fourth-quarter net income of $31.1 million, or 64 cents per share, on sales of $405.2 million. That compares with net income of $28.7 million, or 58 cents per share, on sales of $365.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, or a 9% jump in fourth-quarter profit. Per-share results were short of analyst expectations of 65 cents per share on revenue of $391 million.
The Obama Administration Thursday unveiled a budget plan that identifies $5 billion in funding over a five-year period for “high speed” passenger rail projects in the U.S., supplementing the $8 billion it provided in its stimulus package for a two-year period.
Portec RailProducts, Inc. Thursday said its unaudited fourth-quarter net income was $1.5 million, or 16 cents a share, up 32% from $1.15 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.