Latest Rail News

Metrorail customers in the Washington, D.C., can now get real-time next train arrival information by phone, in addition to online and via web-enabled mobile devices. 

Customers may simply call Metro's Customer Information phone number, 202-637-7000, and say "Next Train." They then will be prompted to say a station name or enter the first four letters of the station name to hear when the next trains will arrive at the selected station within a 20-minute window. 




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TranSystems recently announced that Tom Westerman has joined the company as a senior bridge engineer and project manager in support of the firm's architectural, engineering and planning group focused on the freight railroad and municipality markets. Westerman brings 27 years experience as a civil engineer in the transportation industry.

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The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) in Metropolitan Los Angeles issued the Request for Proposals for the Foothill Extension Phase 2A light rail Alignment work. The $450-million-plus design-build-finance project will involve final design, construction and financing of 11.5-miles of track, utilities, crossings and systems; six stations and multiple bridges; and a 25-plus-acre light rail maintenance facility. Phase 2A will extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from its current terminus in East Pasadena, adding stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.

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Washington, D.C., Metro officials will replace a track switch to improve rail system safety and conduct several additional projects between the Takoma and Glenmont Metrorail stations, which will necessitate the closure of five Red Line stations throughout Labor Day Weekend, (Sept. 3-7). The track switch replacement is work that has been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. 



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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $3.6 million for the State of Michigan to begin work on the rehabilitation of the Battle Creek railroad station. The Department of Transportation will ultimately provide a total of $40 million to Michigan ...

Union Pacific will improve Kansas' transportation infrastructure by investing more than $11.5 million to improve the rail line from Topeka, Kan., to Herington, Kan.


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Profit margins for a short-haul rail line along the eastern edge of the county could be as high as 39 percent with the right service and marketing, according to a railroad consultant hired by the Tulare County, Calif., Association of Governments, the Visalia Times-Delta reports.

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Transportation planners have narrowed their proposals for expanded Amtrak passenger rail service across Kansas to two possible routes, according to the Kansas Reporter. Depending on which route is chosen, if either of them is, transportation department officials estimate the service will require either $154 million for infrastructure and equipment costs, plus a potential $3.2-million annual operating subsidy paid by Kansas taxpayers, or $476 million for infrastructure and equipment, plus $8 million annually in state support.

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RailWorks Corporation promoted of Robert Rolf to vice president & general manager of the South Division of its RailWorks Track Systems subsidiary. Rolf, formerly area manager of RailWorks Track Services, Inc., based in Bridgeton, Mo., is a licensed, professional engineer with more than 25 years of railroad construction and maintenance industry experience. He has been active throughout his career in industry associations, including the Track Functional Group (Committee #5) of The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and the St. Louis Railway Club.

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Smiths Detection won an additional five-year contract by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority to upgrade and maintain the company's PROTECT and FirstView anti-terrorism detection and software systems. PROTECT and FirstView allow transit authorities to monitor multiple chemical warfare sensors, distribute command and control responsibilities among agencies and integrate WMATA's hundreds of cameras into a manageable system. The upgrade will include expanded chemical detection libraries and radiological detection capabilities.

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