Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel times and put Americans back to work this spring.
Almost any way you look at it, railroads are getting safer. The latest report from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office ofSafety Analysis, covering the first 10 months of the years 2008-2011, shows continuous improvement.
Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation said it had completed its acquisition of software provider RMI from The Carlyle Group. GE said late Tuesday the acquisition significantly expands its Software and Optimization Solutions business to serve railroad customers worldwide. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Federal Transit Administration has issued its final approval Los Angeles’ plan for a $1.72 billion light rail transit line along Crenshaw Boulevard, running from the Green Line near Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line.
OMNI Products, Inc. announced that it has been joined by Jensen Precast, a provider of precast concrete products, in an agreement to expand the manufacturing and distribution of OMNI Products’ grade crossing systems into the western U. S.
The Association of American Railroads Thursday wrapped up its reporting of 2011 traffic trends by noting gains for the year, the month of December, and the last week of the year just past.
The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13 State Budget:
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) said Thursday it had “completed final negotiations” to build phase 1 of an eventual 70-mile rail line in Sonoma and Marin counties, north of San Francisco. Phase 1 will link Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Calif., a distance of roughly 37 miles.
The Greenbrier Cos. Friday reported fiscal 2012 first-quarter revenue of $398.2 million, which it said was “double the $198.9 million realized in the prior year’s first quarter,” and net earnings of $15.5 million, or 48 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.3 million, or 11 cents per share, in the comparable quarter of a year ago.
Shippers representing manufacturing, consumer goods, energy, and other markets made commitments in 2011 to develop new or expanded facilities on CSX and its connecting short lines. A total investment of $1.4 billion will ultimately yield more than $230 million in annual freight revenue, said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president-regional development.
Though a joint public/private effort to initiate light rail transit in Detroit has faltered, with public money now targeted to launch a 110-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, state and local elected officials now acknowledge Detroit’s private sector will continue to pursue LRT.
Indeed, private-sector interests, known as M-1 Rail, in essence have insisted on resurrecting their original plan for a short 3.4-mile starter LRT line (as depicted at left). And though the private sector holds to the LRT idea, last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing were the ones noting Detroit could still add LRT to the mix as part of a larger BRT plan.
"We see light rail as a part of regional transportation, so light rail is not dead," Mayor Bing said last Friday at a news conference attended by Gov. Snyder and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "It's back on the table." The amount of public money or effort to be dedicated to the LRT plan, however, remains unclear. M-1 Rail, comprised of private investors and philanthropic groups, includes Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans, Roger Penske of Penske Corp., Peter Karmanos of Compuware, and the Troy, Mich.-based Kresge Foundation. The group first proposed adding LRT to Woodland Avenue in 2007.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will continue contracting out its regional rail passenger services, rejecting the option to operate trains itself. MBTA instead may opt for longer-term contracts with any operator involved.
Colo Railroad Builders, a provider of railroad construction and maintenance services to industrial, Class I, and short line railroads, says it has appointed Cene Cooley vice president of Operations in Texas.
Norfolk Southern Corp. said Monday it participated in the location of 73 new industries and the expansion of 27 existing industries along its rail lines during 2011, totaling an investment of about $9.5 billion.
Canadian Pacific Chairman of the Board John Cleghorn sent a letter Monday to shareholders describing “a multiyear plan to drive volume growth, expand the network, and control costs.”
The New York State Senate Monday confirmed Joseph Lhota as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, replacing Jay Walder, who departed in October. Lhota had been serving as MTA executive director for five weeks pending his confirmation.
California’s High-Speed Rail Authority should not consider a proposed route for high speed rail along Interstate 5 in southern California and instead should study a proposed route through Palmdale, according to a study recommendation released Monday.
A lockout at Electro-Motive Diesel Canada’s London, Ontario, plant that began on New Year’s Day is spurring cross-border labor issues between the U.S. and Canada.