Latest Rail News

U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that seven projects will share $50 million to help make the nation's rail system safer by facilitating deployment of Positive Train Control (PTC) collision avoidance systems and other advanced technologies. The projects will receive money through the new Railroad Safety Technology Grant (RSTG) program.

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A consortium of European companies is vying to finance and operate Florida's high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, the Sunshine State News reports. The group, headed by train maker Alstom SA of France, will undoubtedly face spirited competition in its bid for the multi-billion-dollar project. But the seven-company multinational consortium says no one can rival its combined experience and financial wherewithal.

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The City of Edgerton, Kan., announced that BNSF had issued its notice to proceed with construction of its intermodal facility near that city, the Gardner Edge reports. Mayor Don Robers was very pleased with this announcement. He said, "Let the work begin. We have been working with BNSF, the Allen Group, Johnson County, the State of Kansas and many other groups to make sure that we would be prepared for this day."

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On Saturday, November 20, and Saturday, December 4, MetroLink in the St. Louis area will operate special service from the beginning of service until 12:00 p.m. noon to accommodate required maintenance of MetroLink tracks on the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River. Blue Line trains, which typically operate between Shrewsbury and Fairview Heights, will instead operate from Shrewsbury to the Civic Center MetroLink Station. Red Line trains will continue to operate on their regular route from the Lambert Airport to Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Stations.

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On Nov. 19-20, North County transit District crews will replace railroad ties along the COASTER track in the Del Mar, Calif., area. After the new ties are placed, train traffic will slow for 24 hours to allow the track to settle and stabilize. A few days later, a large truck will travel by rail to carry away the old ties.

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Rail reconstruction, made possible by $4 million in stimulus funds, has started on the BNSF line extending from downtown north Shawnee, Okla., to the industrial park, the Shawnee News Star
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The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad doesn't need to wait until 2030 to experience the increasing freight demand that industry pundits are forecasting, the Janesville, Wis., Gazette reports. The Milwaukee-based railroad already is running more traffic on several of its lines and is expecting a 35-percent increase in the tonnage it hauls on its Janesville to Monroe line by 2013.

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A federal judge heard arguments in a contentious railway rights case concerning access to a paper mill in Madawaska, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock took the case under advisement. At issue was a request by Canadian National Railway Co. for a preliminary injunction allowing it access to the Twin Rivers Paper Co. on tracks owned by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway while the case progresses in court.

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BART riders are noticing new and improved signs in downtown San Francisco stations, part of an ongoing program throughout the BART system for wayfinding and signage improvements.

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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is continuing its light-rail maintenance program on the Blue/Green line with its final weekend closure starting November 19. At the same time, the Red Line will be closed East of Tower City. Replacement buses will pick up and drop off riders at every station on all of the closed train lines during the weekend.

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