Latest Rail News

A state agency has given a green signal to a $12.3-million expansion of a Norfolk Southern rail yard in South Toledo, Ohio, a project intended to boost the region's capacity for handling intermodal freight and generate hundreds of transportation-sector jobs, the Toledo Blade reports.

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The Maryland Transit Administration is seeking community participation at the July 20th Public Information Open House for the West Baltimore MARC Station Parking Expansion & Enhancement Project. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to learn about the demolition and resulting changes to traffic and parking, review draft designs for the parking expansion, and see how the project will work with the existing streets, the Red Line, and future Transit-Oriented Development.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad will hold a third Open House in Orange County to present the latest information on the West of Hudson Regional Transit Access Study. The purpose of the study has been to evaluate options to improve transit services between central Orange County and New York City and to enhance regional transit access to Stewart International Airport.


 

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It's never been easier to bike it, park it and BART it in Berkeley, Calif., thanks to the newly opened bike station at street level above the Downtown Berkeley Station. The new bike station at 2208 Shattuck Avenue provides safe and secure parking for up to 268 cyclists. It replaces the cramped, outmoded bike parking area on the concourse level and dramatically increases the bike storage capacity.

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Anyone who has ever rifled through pockets or purse looking for a lost item will connect immediately with a public-art sculpture dedicated by Metro Arts in Transit (AIT) at the MetroLink Station and MetroBus Transfer Center on St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale. The sculpture - titled Honey, Where's My Metro Pass - portrays that experience in a whimsical presentation of oversized coins, keys, a crumpled receipt and a lip balm that could have been spilled along the MetroLink platform by a frazzled passenger.

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Iowa Department of Transportation officials believe they will be successful in their second attempt to obtain a passenger railway from Iowa City to Chicago, the Daily Iowan reports. After taking in feedback from last year's denied application, the department is adding a new project to gain funding from the Federal Railroad Administration. The application is due Aug. 6.

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This month, Denver's Regional Transportation District is marking the 10 years since the Southwest Light Rail Line opened. Banners will be on display this month at a half-a-dozen key light rail stations and transit centers, and information will be on the RTD and FasTracks websites.

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Construction of a new platform, lights and retaining wall will begin at the Round Lake, Ill., Metra station July 15, 2010 and continue until October 1. Work will begin on the east end of the platform. During the first phase of construction, commuters must board trains from the western portion of the platform.


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Union Pacific has been named a 2010 Best Diversity Company by Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology. The magazine honored Union Pacific for its support of minorities and women, attention to work/life balance and supplier diversity commitment based on feedback from its readers and website visitors.


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Norfolk Southern is reinforcing a retaining wall along W.Va. 100 with steel I-beams and concrete, the Morgantown, W. Va., Dominion Post reports.

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