Latest Rail News

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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Union Pacific said Dennis J. Duffy, vice chairman - Operations, has declared his intention to retire this fall.  Duffy joined the company in 1973 and held positions in the finance, marketing & sales, and operating departments during his career. He is the longest-serving head of Union Pacific's Operating department in company history, serving since 1998.

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TriMet in Portland, Ore., opened its first Bike & Ride facility at the Sunset Transit Center. The Bike & Ride provides secure parking for 74 bikes and helps more cyclists make connections to bus and MAX. The facility features BikeLink keycard access and security cameras.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed an agreement providing $46.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for work to continue on the state's aggressive high-speed rail program. The funding is the latest installment from the $822 million that President Obama announced for Wisconsin high-speed rail from the Recovery Act in January.

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Late next year, the first Tunnel Boring Machine will arrive at Pine Street from Capitol Hill. To prepare for the TBM, ground stabilization (jet grouting) is needed in Pine Street, west of the Paramount Theatre. Starting in early August and lasting through September, a lane reduction is needed on Pine Street between 9th and Boren avenues. The eastbound lane of Pine Street between 9th and Boren avenues will be closed and traffic detoured to Pike Street. The two-westbound lanes will remain open. In addition, the sidewalk on the south side of the Pine Street between 9th and Boren avenues will be closed to pedestrians.

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The completion of BNSF Railway's Chihuahuita Connection represents a "win-win" for the railroad, the Chihuahuita neighborhood, the City of El Paso, Texas, and rail customers using the El Paso/Juarez border gateway.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released its 2011 preliminary budget and proposed four-year financial plan for 2011-2014. The proposed plan reflects unprecedented internal cost cutting initiatives undertaken in response to a $900-million shortfall for 2010 resulting from cuts to state assistance and dramatic downturns in tax revenue. These shortfalls amount to more than $2.5 billion over the plan period.

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