TSB to investigate cracked-wheel issue on Ottawa light rail vehicles

News Wire Digest third section for July 10: BNSF, NS launch new California-Georgia intermodal service; Metro-North Danbury Branch service resumes Monday
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Friday afternoon rail news in brief:

Transportation Safety Board to investigate Ottawa light rail wheel problem

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will conduct a formal investigation of wheel-crack issues that sidelined much of the equipment for Ottawa’s problem-plagued light rail Confederation Line. The CBC reports the decision came after a fourth crack wheel on an Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle was discovered during maintenance and inspection activities. The first crack was found during routine maintenance and led to a special inspection that found cracks on two more cars. The agency says it will conduct a Class 3 investigation, which can take up to a year to complete. Just seven trainsets are currently operating at any one time, less than half the planned number.

BNSF, NS introduce new intermodal service
BNSF Railway will introduce intermodal service between San Bernardino, Calif., and Norfolk Southern’s facility in Austell, Ga., northwest of Atlanta, beginning Aug. 3. The service will interchange in Memphis, Tenn. NS reports the service will replace current service between Los Angeles and Austell, and that westbound service from Austell to Southern California will in crease from three to five days a week. Premium service via NS will also be available from San Bernardino to Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. This service will be in addition to existing service between Los Angeles (Hobart) and Atlanta (Fairburn) via CSX Transportation.

Trains to resume on Metro-North Danbury Branch
Rail service on Metro-North’s Danbury Branch will resume Monday, July 13, after an almost two-month shutdown for track and other infrastructure work. The Wilton Bulletin reports eight round trips will operate on weekdays between Danbury and South Norwalk, with one through train to Grand Central Terminal and one through train from New York. Full schedules are available here. Bus service had been substituted for rail operations since May 16.



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