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Jim Coston is betting that the billions of federal dollars aimed at a high-speed rail system could reassert Chicago's place as the nation's rail center — and jump-start his attempt to resurrect a business that flourished here a century ago: building passenger rail cars Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

 

ARINC is helping Washington Metro officials design a new system to avoid rail collisions just weeks after a deadly train crash near the Maryland state line, according to The Capitol in Annapolis, Md. Officials from the Parole-based company said they are providing expertise as its workers develop technologies to position the company as a frontrunner in helping trains everywhere run more safely. That's in response to a federal mandate requiring rail operators to upgrade their systems to help prevent collisions and deaths of railway workers by 2015.
At the downtown Minneapolis LRT Connection for the Northstar commuter railroad, crews finished glass installation at the LRT platforms. Communications system testing and programming finished at both the LRT and Northstar stations. Crews began installation of the handrail on the LRT platform. The overhead catenary system wires are now live.
Knoxville, Tenn., mayor defends NS confidentiality agreement

 

It has caused him no end of political heat, but Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri says that signing a confidentiality agreement with Norfolk Southern was the right thing to do, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He doesn't regret it and says he would do it again. While some residents who have concerns about Norfolk Southern's plans for an intermodal facility fear that the agreement cloaks behind-doors dealings, Palmieri denies this is the case.


The historic train depot at West Fifth and Orange streets in Chico, Calif., will see a pair of improvements due to federal and local projects, the Chico Enterprise Record reports.

Amtrak will use $509,000 in federal stimulus dollars to build a 550-foot concrete platform along the railroad tracks. The city of Chico is planning to use up to $150,000 in city transportation funds to rebuild the wooden deck that runs around the northern part of the depot building.

 


Track maintenance on the Red and Orange Line this weekend will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on the Washington, D.C., Metro. Customers should add 30 minutes of time to their trips. 

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Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time for their trips because Metro will make tunnel repairs, and replace rail and rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks. Trains will share one track between these locations from August 7-9. 



BNSF will conduct work along the tracks from Naperville, Ill., into downtown Chicago the week of August 10 and in September, the Clarendon Hills Doings reports. The work will cause minimal pedestrian and traffic delays in Clarendon Hills from Aug. 11-13 and Sept. 6-10. The crews will be in Hinsdale Aug. 12-13 and Sept. 7-10, in Western Springs Sept. 9-10 and 13, and La Grange Sept. 9-10 and 13-14.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development wants to give the town a raised median and safety gates at the Hwy. 22 railroad crossing, but some town officials don’t want it, the Gonzales, La., Weekly Citizen reports. DOTD engineer Bill Shrewsberry said construction would probably start late this year or early next, in an effort to improve safety.

 

RailComm has been selected to expand its wireless remote control yard system at Union Pacific’s Davidson Yard in Fort Worth, Texas. The U.S. Department of Transportation requested the redirection of the hump yard lead tracks in order to keep traffic flowing while a new highway overpass is being constructed.

 

Stimulus funding that the Tomah, Wis., Amtrak Station is slated to receive will be used to construct a handicap boarding ramp, the Tomah Journal reports.

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