Latest Rail News
The key to getting federal support for a railroad project is a solid study that supports it, a Massachusetts planner told local business leaders, the Bristol, Conn., Press reports. Tim Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, told an audience at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce the story behind the successful Knowledge Corridor rail line in his region. --> ...

(The following editorial appeared on the Knoxville News Sentinel Website.) Railroads hold a unique position in the American psyche, blending the symbolism of uniting the country and the romanticism of a bygone era.

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(The following editorial, "Keeping the train on track," appeared in the Clackamas, Ore., Review.) We support the Oregon Department of Transportation's efforts to increase the speed and efficiency of passenger rail along the I-5 corridor, a move that could boost ridership and offset traffic congestion as the population grows in the future.

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University of California San Diego has built a prototype laser to search for cracks inside rail lines, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. UC San Diego engineers are preparing to test an experimental laser that looks for the kind of cracks inside railway lines that are responsible for many of the 130 or so derailments that occur nationwide each year.

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Nordco Inc. has named Bill Straub President of the company's newly formed Equipment Services Business Unit. Nordco Equipment Services incorporates the company's Rebuild and Repair group in Oak Creek, Wis., and J.E.R. Overhaul in Arcola, Ill.

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The Metro Gold Line Extension is on track for a June 26 groundbreaking. But there's still some major business to be worked out to make sure the project, funded with $810 million in voter-approved dollars, is not derailed, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.

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Amtrak is urging the Federal Railroad Administration to be bold and unambiguous in its vision for the future of the national rail system, including the Amtrak network, as it develops a long-range National Rail Plan (NRP).

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The Toronto Transit Commission has awarded three major contracts to HDR/iTRANS for the following services:

 

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The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will launch its first-ever Bicycle Locker Program at Tri-Rail's West Palm Beach Station, beginning on June 14. There are 18 perforated-sheet, steel lockers that will be available, designed to accommodate two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door entries on either end (providing 36 individual spaces available for use).

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The MBTA board has approved a deal that allows the state to purchase a section of railroad track to expand commuter rail service from Worcester to Boston through Ayer, but passengers won't be able to travel that route any time soon, the Telegram and Gazette reports.

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