Latest Rail News

A century ago, downtown Vancouver, Wash., was built into a corner. The BNSF line and the berm on which it sits have separated the city center from the industrial yards along the Columbia River, The Oregonian reports. The city recently broke ground on a project to punch through the berm, giving downtown access to the waterfront and giving developers access to the 31 acres they intend to turn into offices, retail space and 3,300 residences.

 

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The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors approved the lease of retail spaces at two of the state's busiest train stations-a food court at Hoboken Terminal and a coffee stand at Princeton Junction Station-as part of the corporation's effort to maximize the value of its facilities while offering additional amenities to customers.

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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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