Current plans for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Orange (light rail) line to serve Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are being reconsidered as adjustments to airport access are weighed.
American railroads again made big safety investments in 2008, and again they paid off in a big way.
Scrambling belatedly to secure light rail transit service after rejecting same a decade ago, Virginia Beach, Va., may receive a $20 million state grant to acquire 10.6 miles of Norfolk Southern right-of-way within the municipality. The route, if acquired, would almost certainly become an addition to “The Tide” light rail line now being constructed in neighboring Norfolk, which ends at the Virginia Beach border.
Continuing its advancement of the Crescent Corridor, Norfolk Southern appears ready to begin developing a major intermodal hub in Chambersburg, Pa., near the Maryland border, in conjunction with the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. Corporation President L. Michael Ross said the NS site will be accessible by road via Exit 3 of Interstate 81 in what will be the Antrim Commons Business Park.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday reported a bill aimed at eliminating the railroads' limited antitrust exemption. The Association of American Railroads said the effort "could alter economic oversight of the railroads."
Norfolk Southern says the employees in its mechanical department turned in a history-making safety performance in 2008, completing the year with a reportable injury ratio of 0.53, the lowest ever achieved by any operating department at Norfolk Southern.
Greenbrier Cos. Inc. says it could be forced to trim expenses, and lay off more employees, if GE Railcar Services Corp. holds firm in reducing an existing delivery contract of 11,900 railcars over an eight-year period. Greenbrier said GE Railcar, a subsidiary of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co., "desires to substantially reduce, delay, or otherwise cancel railcar deliveries."
Northern California’s Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) says it’s prepared to target up to $98 million in federal Stimulus Package funding to 10 “shovel-ready” projects, and has the list prepared for federal officials to evaluate March 9, when CCJPA representatives will be in Washington. Total cost of the projects involved is $144 million.
Canadian Pacific subsidiary Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can proceed with a $6 billion plan to extend rail right-of-way 262 miles west of Wall, S.D., to Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal fields, the South Dakota Transportation Commission ruled Wednesday.
A national traveling exhibit depicting the impact made by U.S. railroading will arrive at the MercantileLibrary at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday, March 7, where it will run through Sept. 20. It is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library at UMSL’s Mercantile Library and the Washington State Historical Society, the exhibit tells how America’s railroads and the West helped shape each other, changing the character of the nation’s population and its landscape. The exhibit offers more than 4,000 square feet of paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional objects, along with video, audio, and interactive media, illustrates those major changes in this country.
The exhibit ran for nearly nine months at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Wash., and will travel to Portland, Ore., after its stint in St. Louis in September.
“Most Americans don’t have a grasp of the significance of how the railroads shaped the West, and how they influenced our economy, society and culture,” said Greg Ames, director of the Barriger Railroad Library. “One of the goals of this exhibit is to bring railroads back into the public consciousness."
For more information, including exhibit hours, directions, and/or parking information, visit the BarrigerLibrary website, www.umsl.edu/barriger,or call 314-516-7240. Memberships to the Barriger Library are available.