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Alabama State Port Authority officials plan to meet this week with Norfolk Southern senior executives to discuss linking the railroad's proposed $112-million intermodal facility in McCalla, Ala., to the newly opened $300 million container terminal in Mobile, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.

(This article appeared the July-August 2009 St. Croix Chronicle, a publication of the St. Croix Economic Development Corp.)

Even in the current economic downturn, it's been several years of full steam ahead for Twin City Signal in Hudson, Wis. In order to meet immediate demands for its services, the railroad signal engineering and design company, founded in Hudson in 1996, has expanded into an additional facility across from its 7,200-square-foot headquarters on Livingstone Road. The move nearly doubles its space, and founder and company president Lee Kisling sees rails and more rails in the future.

The Regional Answer to Canadian National (TRAC) is petitioning the Surface Transportation Board to take a careful look at a recent request by Canadian National to increase its trackage rights on its rail lines throughout the City of Chicago and suburbs. In a move that went virtually undetected, on August 5, 2009, CN filed 17 simultaneous Trackage Rights Exemption requests with the STB asking that it be allowed to change the flow of train traffic on its Chicago area railroad subsidiaries, Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, Illinois Central Railroad Company, Wisconsin Central, Grand Trunk Western Railroad and Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad. This request could allow CN the ability to significantly increase the number of trains that operate along the EJ&E line and its subsidiaries in dozens of towns including Chicago, Mundelein, Schiller Park, Broadview, Joliet, Frankfort, Markham, Buffalo Grove and parts of Indiana.

The long-awaited rail spur for Custom Polymers in Elm Street Industrial Park in Athens, Ala., has passed the last hurdle toward construction, the Athens News-Courier reports. On August 27, the Limestone County Industrial Development Board and Athens City Council granted a railroad easement to the company and clarified a payment process utilizing company, city, county and grant funds.
 The company, which leases a city spec building in the park, uses recycled plastic to produce pellets used in the manufacturing of bottles, clothing, fencing and benches.

Tulsans who love to hear the eardrum-piercing sound of a train blowing its horn as it slowly snakes through downtown will be glad to know the city still has a ways to go before it can designate part of downtown a "quiet zone," according to the Tulsa, Okla., World.

Further repair work will be performed at 168th and 181st Street Stations along the MTA New York City Transit 1 Line the weekend of August 29-30. The work requires suspension of train service between 137th Street and Dyckman Street from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 29th until 5 a.m., Monday, August 31st. During this period, it will be necessary, once again, for customers to either use A Line service, if possible, or a temporary bus shuttle between Dyckman Street and 137th Street.

Track maintenance on the Red, Orange and Green lines in the Washington, D.C., area over the weekend of August 29-30 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least 30 minutes of time to their trips. 

Red Line Track Maintenance 

Metrorail customers traveling between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time to their trips because Metro will make tunnel repairs and replace rail and rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks.

The launch of the new Canada Line transit system in Vancouver will mean a key change in customer trip planning. Because one of the new Canada Line stations is located on Broadway, concerns have been raised by police, ambulance and fire dispatchers of potential confusion between Broadway/City Hall and Broadway/Commercial SkyTrain station.

With the money already in place to build what likely will be two overpasses and one underpass at three major rail crossings in Galesburg, Ill., there is more good news, The Register-Mail reports. The state has applied for about $550 million of federal stimulus money, $52 million for what Illinois is calling its "Galesburg congestion relief project." 

The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern dropped its condemnation lawsuit against several Wyoming landowners in northeast Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. 

In addition, the DM&E said current regulatory and economic conditions for its proposed rail expansion into the Powder River Basin coal-mining district are not good.

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