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Norfolk Southern will construct a new intermodal terminal in Greencastle, Pa., to serve the Mid-Atlantic region, as part of the railroad's multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The $95-million facility, at which freight moving in containers and trailers will be transferred between train and truck, will occupy a 200-acre site adjacent to the planned Antrim Commons Business Park and is expected to open in late 2011.

 

Squabbling in Congress over how to pay for transportation could mean no federal cash in the near future to fix Chicago's freight train bottleneck, a top official warned, the Daily Herald reports. At a forum on freight rail, representatives from the U.S. and Canadian governments and the business community emphasized that trains are cheaper and more fuel-efficient than trucks to move goods. Transport Canada official Kristine Burr said the public and private sectors were investing $2 billion in freight rail projects there.

 

Canadian National Railway is inching closer to transporting jet fuel from Flat Rock, Mich., to Toronto, according to local newspapers.

 On June 22, the city's Planning Commission approved the company's plan to open a jet fuel transfer station at its rail yard on the north side of Vreeland Road, just east of Peters Road.

 Company officials are working on obtaining permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Patrick Waldron, Canadian National spokesman.

Virginia will apply for $72 million in federal stimulus money this month to build a third set of rails between Prince William and Stafford counties, Inside NoVa.com reports. The state is expected to file for the money Aug. 24, and if approved, it will go to fund a third set of train tracks between Powell's Creek in Dumfries and the Widewater area of Stafford County.

 


Funding for two area bridge projects is now in place, according to state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, local newspapers report. Work is expected to begin shortly on both the Pony Farm Road Bridge in Oneonta, N.Y., and the Brooker Hollow Road Bridge in East Worcester, N.Y., Seward said in a media release. The projects each have an estimated cost of about $600,000.

 

Watco Transportation Services, Inc., started up a new railroad, the Alabama Warrior Railway August 7. The ABWR operates 15 miles of track in and around Birmingham, Ala., and interchanges with BNSF, Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation. The ABWR's chief mission is to deliver coal to Walter Coke Inc., a furnace and foundry coke producer based in Birmingham.

 

Renovations to the Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express train station in Fredericksburg, Va., are planned to begin in spring 2010, the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports. Federal funds set aside by Virginia 1st District Rep. Jo Ann Davis before her death in 2007 are waiting to be applied to the project. It will improve the appearance and structure of the railroad overpasses that cross Caroline and Princess Anne streets.

 

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its 2010-2029 Twenty Year Needs and Preliminary 2010-2014 Capital Program for public review and comment. Taken together, these documents identify the MTA's long-term infrastructure needs and a short-term plan to begin addressing them within current budget expectations. The documents are available online at www.mta.info, where the public can also submit comments.
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will be on hand Aug. 14 to break ground on North Baltimore's CSX Intermodal rail yard, local media report. The company's CEO, Michael Ward, will join Strickland to break ground on the terminal which will serve the Midwest.

 

Railroad and economic development officials are laying tracks to school leaders in hopes of addressing concerns at McAdory Elementary School that threaten to derail a $112 million Norfolk Southern intermodal hub, the Birmingham News reports.

 

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