Latest Rail News

The Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to hire Christopher Aadnesen as the railroad's new president and chief executive officer. Aadnesen is scheduled to start later this month.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood opened the first meeting of the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), an advisory group created to guide Federal Transit Administration safety rulemakings when the Obama Administration's Public Transportation Safety Program Act of 2009 becomes law.

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Officials from the city of Sioux Falls, S.D., the state of South Dakota and BNSF celebrated the closure of the 5,000th grade crossing on BNSF's rail network, setting a new national record for grade-crossing closures and safety improvement.

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At a press conference hosted by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, METRO's leaders commented on the findings of the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" investigation and review of plans to purchase 103 new light rail vehicles.





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At the Santa Clara Station Improvement Project, work will be done this week on the shoring and the foundation for the new pedestrian underpass at the station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform.

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SCI Verkehr, the German railway and logistics consultancy, has released a new edition of its World Market for Railway Technology that calls for global railway investment to increase from a currently estimated $168 billion to approximately $205 billion in 2015. Of the total, 53 percent is expected to come from after-sales.

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Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor - one of the most extensive railroad engineering projects in modern times and a template for public-private partnerships that strengthen the nation's transportation infrastructure - officially opened for business Sept. 9.

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The train that ran on the railway between Pullman and Colfax, Wash., on the morning of Sept. 2 may have been the last, The Daily Evergreen reports.

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Trains are nothing new in central Ohio, but they are poised to play am increasing role in the economy, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Beginning Sept. 9, Norfolk Southern will use the revamped Heartland Corridor line, taking advantage of what the company calls the "single biggest railroad engineering project in modern history." It included enlarging tunnels through mountains and raising bridges in other places.

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On September 8, 1910, the first Long Island Rail Road trains departed from a grand structure dedicated to transportation-Pennsylvania Station-and traveled under the East River using four tunnels. Long Island celebrated. LIRR is celebrating that century-old achievement with the opening of a special photo display in the 34th Street Entrance Corridor, one of the LIRR's newest Penn Station areas.

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