Latest Rail News

Washington, D.C., Metro Board Chairman Peter Benjamin made the following remarks at a joint meeting between the Metro Board of Directors and the National Transportation Safety Board at Metro headquarters on Monday, August 9: 
Safety is the top priority at Metro, for the Board, for Metro management, for all of our staff from top to bottom. This Board intends to ensure that, to the best of our ability, each and every National Transportation Safety Board recommendation to Metro associated with its review of the June 22, 2009 accident is implemented. 



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(The following column by Michael Dresser appeared on The Baltimore Sun Website on August 9, 2010.) Baltimore received a relatively gentle reminder last week of some unfinished business that it can ill afford to ignore. A CSX Transportation freight train derailed last Thursday in the Howard Street tunnel, the scene of the nearly disastrous July 18, 2001, derailment and fire that paralyzed much of downtown for a week. Thirteen cars of a 79-car train left the tracks - 11 of them in the tunnel under Howard Street and two outside the portal at Mount Royal Avenue.

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The South Shore commuter line in northwest Indiana is alerting passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The next weekend outage is planned for August 28-30. During these construction related weekend outages, the South Shore Line will not operate trains in either direction between South Bend and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday. The South Shore will operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.

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VR Mergers & Acquisitions - St. Louis is pleased to announce the sale of Central Illinois Railroad Holdings to strategic railroad buyer, R & R Contracting. The sale included substantially all of the assets of Central Illinois Railroad Company, Central Railink Services and Central Railgroup Construction Services.

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Latest Rail News | Railway Track & Structures

Union Pacific is investing more than $18 million to improve the rail line that runs from Fremont to North Bend, Neb. Also Union Pacific is investing more than $11 million to improve the rail line that runs from Jefferson City, Mo., to Wooldridge, Mo. Also in Missouri, UP is investing more than $2 million to improve the rail line in St. Louis, Mo., that runs from Vandeventer Ave. to near Jefferson Barracks. In Wisconsin, UP Railroad is investing more than $2 million to improve the rail line that runs from Merrillan, Wis., to near Millston, Wis.  


 

 

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the Federal Railroad Administration is soliciting research proposals to foster rapid development of high-speed and intercity passenger rail service technologies in the United States. 
A pool of $25 million is available for basic and applied technology research, development and demonstration projects to advance the state of the art in track and structures, train control systems, operating practices and rolling stock. FRA is seeking projects focused on accelerating development of technologies that ensure safe, efficient and strategic deployment of integrated passenger rail systems. The solicitation is open to all sources.

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Governor Charlie Crist is applauding Florida's application to the Federal Railroad Administration seeking $1.1 billion in funding that will allow Florida to deliver high-speed rail express service in the Tampa-Orlando corridor with operating speeds of 168 mph by 2015, local media report.

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Colorado has received $400,000 and Vermont $500,000 under the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program grant program funded from fiscal year 2009 appropriations. Colorado will use its funds to develop a state rail plan, a prerequisite for receiving additional HSIPR intercity passenger rail funding.

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Sound Transit released updated long-term revenue forecasts to the agency's Executive Committee that show ST2 funding levels down by about 25 percent, or $3.9 billion. Last fall Sound Transit estimated long-term revenue levels to be down by about 20 percent, or $3.1 billion through 2023. The latest estimates come from updated forecasts the agency received showing an additional $767 million shortfall.

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The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, has unveiled a transportation wish list that has the Illinois 53 extension and its companion project, the Illinois 120 corridor, at the top.

 

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