Latest Rail News

Friday, July 30 to Monday, Aug. 2, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. each day, crews will relocate utilities and continue construction on a shoofly at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The shoofly is a temporary track for trains to use during the renovation of the station.

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In conjunction with standing 42 x 42 AutoLOKTM II U.S. patents and Mexico patents, the Canadian Patent Office has recently awarded Miner a patent on their 42 x 42 AutoLOK II outlet gate.

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Earlier in July, Norfolk Southern's maintenance of way and structures department completed $21 million in track, signal and bridge work in seven days on one if its primary coal lines in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Mon Line extends approximately 85 miles from Pittsburgh to coal mines in Washington and Greene counties. In 2009, almost 42 million tons of coal was transported over this rail line. Approximately 20 trains daily use the Mon Line.

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The NEW METRO in Houston has received good news in the form of a federal Record of Decision on the University light-rail line, signifying final approval of the environmental review process on this 11.3-mile project. With this approval, METRO will continue to evolve the design, engineering, utility coordination, pre-construction planning work and ongoing FTA coordination needed to go forward while renewing community outreach efforts to make sure the public continues to be engaged in this historic project.

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Maryland's congressional delegation is scheduled to meet July 30 with the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, which issued a scathing report this week on an "anemic safety culture" that contributed to last year's deadly Metro crash, the Gaithersburg, Md., Gazette reports. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman recommended the federal government provide oversight for public transit systems the way it does for railroad systems through the Federal Railroad Administration.

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Trains are scheduled to begin rolling into Union Pacific's new intermodal yard in Joliet, Ill., next week, the Herald News reports. The Union Pacific facility is the anchor operation for CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet, a 4,000-acre industrial park under development on the south end of the city.

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Residents on Ravenswood Avenue on Chicago's North Side were so upset by the idea of a Metra station closer to their homes that they complained to officials, circulated a petition, formed an association and hired an attorney, the Chicago Tribune reports. Their efforts seem to have worked.

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Secretary Ray LaHood's made his first visit to his research and testing facility on July 28, 2010. FRA Associate Administrator for Safety Jo Strang, AAR President & CEO Ed Hamberger and TTCI President Roy Allen quickly welcomed the Secretary to the site with a brief history lesson and an update on various safety related research and testing programs performed under interagency agreement.

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July 30-August 1,m Washington, D.C., Metro will make upgrades to its track, platforms and bridges on the Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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Citing extensive safety improvements, state regulators cleared the way for completion of the first leg of the Expo light rail project by approving a controversial street-level crossing next to Dorsey High School, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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