Latest Rail News

A new Amtrak station is open near Orlando for the more than 244,000 annual Amtrak Auto Train passengers. At about 10,000 square feet, the station in Sanford seats 600 passengers and is about four times larger than its predecessor. Thomas Carper, chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, joined local, state and federal officials for the celebration. The original depot, constructed in 1971 and renovated in 1995, was not large enough to accommodate growing demand for the Auto Train, which just reported a year-to-year ridership increase of nearly five percent - despite the economic recession.

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Norfolk Southern is to break ground Oct. 19 for its new intermodal facility near Greencastle, Pa., the Chambersburg Public Opinion reports. NS CEO Wick Moorman, Gov. Ed Rendell, Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, are expected to take part in a ceremony at the site of the new rail-truck yard.

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A transportation project that has been planned for more than a decade and that will ease congestion and delays at a busy Manassas, Va., intersection is under way, the Washington Post reports. With almost $20 million in federal stimulus funding, the Wellington Road and Route 28 overpass project has started, city officials said at the Oct. 18 Manassas City Council meeting. The project has been in the city's capital improvement program since 1998 but has been stalled because of a lack of funding, City Manager Lawrence D. Hughes said.

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MTA New York City Transit is closing the No. 1 northbound platform beginning Oct. 18 and continuing through August 2011 for the first phase of the Dyckman Street station rehabilitation. Uptown No. 1 trains will bypass Dyckman Street.

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The Santa Clara, Calif., Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will host a public meeting in Milpitas, Calif., to inform the community about the Bay Area Rapid Transit Silicon Valley's Berryessa Extension Project. This is the first of two meetings.

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Union Pacific has donated another $33,000 to Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Union Pacific has supported the program.

Los Angeles Metro will hold several station area planning community workshops for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project beginning October 28 that will include an update on the evaluation of maintenance facility locations for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.

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After careful consideration, the TransLink Board in the Vancouver, B.C., area has authorized the organization to move forward with planned public consultation on funding the proposed supplement required to build the Evergreen Line and complete the first phase of the North Fraser Perimeter Road project and, possibly, to proceed with a number of other priority projects, which include key SkyTrain station upgrades, restoring funding to bike and major road network capital programs, additional service throughout the existing bus network and new rapid bus services on King George Boulevard and Highway 1.

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The Detroit Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for a new light rail transit (LRT) system. The approximately $400-million project is a proposed 9.3-mile LRT system along ...

Amtrak selected TKDA to complete the design of Phases 3 and 4 of its Maintenance and Welfare Facilities at the King Street Coach Yard in Seattle, Wash. The design includes two coach maintenance buildings, a locomotive repair facility, stair tower and pedestrian bridge. TKDA is currently providing support for Phases 1 and 2 of this project, and is on multiple design-build teams completing ADA upgrades at Amtrak passenger stations throughout the United States.


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