Alameda Corridor Project Loan Paid Off Early

April 30, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta on April 29 accepted $573 million as payment with interest for a $400 million federal loan that helped launch the Alameda Corridor transportation project but wasn’t due until 2032. The loan is being repaid 28 years ahead of schedule with low-interest bonds, saving the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority about $65 million. Studies estimate that more than 2 million jobs nationwide are associated with international trade moving through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Building the corridor created 10,000 construction jobs in the Los Angeles area. "In 1997, we invested

OL, FTA and APTA Work Together To Develop Light Rail Safety Program

February 2, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

Seven transit agencies nationwide have received free packets of information for use in their marketing, education, and communications efforts for Light Rail Safety Education. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Operation Lifesaver (OLI) jointly developed the program, which meets a need identified by many light rail agencies, as well as federal policymakers, with significant assistance by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Light Rail Benefits Light rail is one of the fastest growing modes of transit in the country. As urban and suburban areas across America grapple with gridlock and air quality, an increasing number are turning to light rail.

Communities Can Quiet Train Horns

December 17, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Dec. 17 announced a rule allowing local communities to quiet train horns at some 150,000 railroad crossings nationwide if safety requirements are met. “For several years, the Federal Railroad Administration has been working to address the impact of train horn noise on communities in a way that improves quality of life for nearby residents without sacrificing safety for motorists at railroad crossings,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. “Train horns are important safety devices, but they also can be a nuisance for residents,” he added. “This rule means less noise

Intermodal Sets Annual Record on U.S. Railroads

December 11, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – For the eighth time in the past ten years intermodal traffic on U.S. railroads has set an annual record, according to the Association of American Railroads. Intermodal volume for 2003 reached 9,399,690 trailers or containers during the week ended Dec. 6, 2003, breaking the annual record of 9,349,630, which was set last year.  With three weeks left in 2003, U.S. intermodal volume is expected to exceed 9.8 million units for the year. For just the week ended Dec. 6, intermodal traffic totaled 202,690 trailers or containers, up 7.0 percent from the comparable week last year. Carload freight, which doesn’t

Editor Lectures on Clarksville Railroads

December 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

Todd DeFeo, publisher of The Cross-Tie, presents a lecture — Railroads in Clarksville: The Present and the Future — to a journalism class at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. DeFeo presented the lecture on Oct. 30. Much of the basic information in the presentation can be viewed at Railfanning.org. For more information, log onto: http://railfanning.org/trackside/clarksville/. Three major railroads passed through Clarksville — the Tennessee Central Railway, later the Illinois Central Gulf; the Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad, later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; and the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad, later the L&N Railroad and today the line

N.J. Transit Set to Open Secaucus Station

August 30, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEWARK, N.J. – After much anticipation, N.J. Transit will open its Secaucus Transfer Station Sept. 6 for weekend-only service, Executive Director George Warrington announced July 31. “The Secaucus transfer station creates new markets, generates job growth and sparks economic development for the State of New Jersey,” said N.J. Transit Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “The new hub also sets the groundwork for the next generation of transportation services, such as a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River and 100 bi-level rail cars.” The $450 million Secaucus transfer connects 10 of N.J. Transit’s 11 rail lines, providing rail

The Great Blackout of 2003

August 23, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEW YORK – A sweltering heat welcomed passengers to Penn Station Friday (Aug. 15) as power remained out after the nation’s largest blackout. The massive power outage left millions without power and thousands more stranded when transportation unable to operate. Commuter rail and subways shut down leaving residents without travel options. And when power was partially restored, travel was slow and fewer trains, particularly on New Jersey Transit lines, operated. Within days, however, rail service was back to normal, with passengers being whisked across the Northeast on assorted subways and commuter trains. “I would like to thank our customers for

101st Bringing Trains Back on Track in Iraq

August 15, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

Army News Service and The Cross-Tie MOSUL, Iraq – With a bit of Iraqi industriousness and some help from the 101st Airborne Division, the trains are again rolling northern Iraq. The first train, from Syria, rolled into Iraq July 30. Despite a slight delay, residents of Rabiyah, an Iraqi border town of 25,000 residents, were delighted with the service. “It brings us to the future, this train,” Mohsin al Naif, a leader of the Schamar tribe that has strong ties with Rabiyah, told The Associated Press. “We are bound by blood on both sides of the border.” Only days before,

TDOT Reorganizes State’s Railroad Crossing Task Force

August 1, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is reorganizing its Railroad Crossing Task Force. “At the direction of TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, members of the Railroad Crossing Task Force will now communicate more frequently, on a monthly basis, rather than quarterly, as in the past,” TDOT Public Information Officer Kim Keelor said. “Perhaps the most interesting new feature of the Task Force, that will help define its function, is the addition of four community representatives, some of whom are survivors of people killed in train crossing accidents.” The first meeting of the new Railroad Crossing Task Force was held

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