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SunRail commuter rail system for
Crews will correct the alignment of the rails, creating a
smoother ride for the trains.
Construction on the greater
Union Pacific Railroad announced yesterday it will need to replace around 115,000 concrete ties along the St. Louis-Chicago corridor. Though the ties are less than two years old, it was discovered they do not meet standards for long-term durability.
“During the 2010, 2011 construction seasons, certain concrete railroad ties installed in the corridor were failing a laboratory test predictive of durability,” Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis told the State Journal Register, while emphasizing that the ties do not pose a near-term safety threat.
The 115,000 ties that will be replaced are a subset of 492,000 ties that were put in along the St. Louis-Chicago corridor during the 2010 and 2011 construction seasons. The State Journal Register reported today that the defective ties will not significantly hinder the state’s high performance rail program:
The defective ties were first mentioned when the Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak in late March announced a quality-control program to guarantee that track and equipment upgrades are up to high-speed standards.
Despite the tie replacements, plans still are to begin test runs of 110-mph trains this fall at the north end of the corridor, IDOT spokesman Josh Kauffman said.
“The project remains on schedule,” said Kauffman.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said that the schedule for
trains running through the
Politico is read widely on Capitol Hill, so the piece is likely to receive plenty of attention from federal policy makers:
The Northeast Corridor is already
one of most valuable
The NEC is already a mature rail corridor — Amtrak and regional rail services show ridership spikes whenever gas prices increase. Amtrak’s Acela service, however, averages only 80 mph. True high-speed rail in this corridor could prove competitive with air travel, particularly because rail can easily connect to other local and regional transit networks…
While Hart focuses mainly on the Northeast Corridor and California’s high-speed corridor, he also addresses a shifting national sense that rail shouldn’t be treated as a partisan political football to kick back and forth, but an important mode in addressing America’s transportation future.
“A new political group is now forming Republicans for Rail,” writes Hart. “There is also talk of starting a rail super PAC to generate money and grass-roots support for additional rail transit investments.”
Transportation Authority revealed that
The Wall Street Journal took a look at the obstacles that have delayed the subterranean rail tunnel, and found that executing a complex project on an incredibly busy, working railroad have created ongoing headaches for project managers:
Driving the delays in the
project—which will bring Long Island Rail Road trains to a new station deep
beneath Grand Central Terminal, slashing commuting times for an expected 80,000
Midtown workers—are derived not just from technical complications but also
cascading delays at the Harold Interlocking in
That has required cooperation among
a number of players, including LIRR, Amtrak and NJ Transit, which stores about
40 trains each weekday in the rail yards near Harold, in preparation for the
afternoon rush through Penn Station to
While the MTA may be able to get the East Side Access project done for less money and in less time, they made no bones about the conservative tone of their forecast.
"[Past benchmarks have been] consistently blown, year in and year out," said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota. "I think we've got to go with the right number. The public deserves that.”
Seattle’s historic King Street Station reopened its upgraded baggage and ticket facilities on May 23, part of the ongoing major restoration of the station to meet the steadily growing demand for intercity passenger rail in the region.
“The beauty of this work is that we’re preserving the station’s historic elements while also adding modern passenger conveniences to better serve its customers,” explained Peter Hahn, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Between intercity and commuter rail service, King Street Station serves more than four million passengers each year:
What passengers will see tomorrow in the new ticket and baggage area is new terrazzo flooring, salvaged marble wall panels, refurbished wood doors and upgraded lighting. New baggage carousels will facilitate baggage handling and Amtrak buses will load and unload passengers in a newly paved turnaround area on the west side of the station. A quiet, energy-efficient ground source heat pump system has also been installed to provide heating and cooling for this area, and Amtrak employees will enjoy new office space.
As part of the station’s
rehabilitation, vintage lighting was recently added to the new plaza that
Amtrak has been working hand in hand with the Seattle Department of Transportation to make sure local restoration efforts mesh with the railroad’s operations.
“Amtrak will be working hard to make sure that our passengers can navigate in and around the station during the next phase of construction,” said Amtrak Assistant Superintendent Gay Banks Olson. “There will be some challenges with regards to access to the station and the other construction occurring in the immediate vicinity. We want to let passengers know in advance so they can be prepared
Central Pennsylvania’s East Broad Top Railroad announced this week that it will not be operating steam powered excursions for the 2012 summer season.
Originally chartered in 1856 to transport coal from
On April 1st, 2012, the East Broad Top Preservation Association's 3-year lease to operate the East Broad Top Railroad with an option to buy has ended. After painstaking talks and options were evaluated and discussed, no arrangement could be made between the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company and the East Broad Top Preservation Association.
At this time there are no certainties beyond 2012. We can't say this is the end of the line, nor can we say this is just temporary. Should any type of operations or events be planned in the future, we will announce them here. Until then there are no further details….
Rest assured it is difficult for us to accept that we are unable to provide a memorable visit on our railroad, much the same as it is for you to read this announcement. If it were not for the kind support of our visitors over the past 51 years we would have never made it this far. Again, we thank you for the greatest experience we could ever imagine.
The East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company
Some train service in Illinois will be affected to allow Union Pacific’s Track Renewal Train crews to upgrade infrastructure, increasing top speeds for Amtrak trains to 110 mph—an increase from the current maximum of 79 mph. Amtrak made the announcement May 22, with schedule alterations in effect until June 9:
Work has progressed from Alton to
north of Springfield and most days it will lead to the substitution of
chartered motorcoaches for Amtrak Lincoln
Service (Trains 300-307) passengers at St. Louis, Alton, Carlinville,
Springfield and Lincoln. The Amtrak Texas
Eagle (Trains 21/321/421 & 22/322/422) will detour between
The Capitol Corridor
began service at the new Santa Clara/University Station stop (station code SCC)
this week, giving Northern Californians heading to and from Silicon Valley an
added travel option. The station is