Latest Rail News

Maryland has canceled the bidding on a contract to take over the operations of the MARC Camden and Brunswick lines from CSX Transportation, saying its bid solicitation had failed to generate sufficient competition for the work, The Baltimore Sun reports.

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L.B. Foster Company is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City Time on November 15, 2010.


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As part of the Santa Clara, Calif., Station improvement project, work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station.

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Mohave County, Ariz., Supervisors unanimously approved general plan amendments that allow a large-scale proposed 1200MW solar project to go head despite opposition from railroad officials, Havasu News reports. The vote came down after BNSF officials pleaded with supervisors for a continuance citing safety concerns surrounding Needle Mountain Power's Sterling Solar Generating Facility, slotted to set up shop northwest of the Interstate 40 and State Route 95 interchange.

 

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Philadelphia's SEPTA officials are talking safety with riders as part of National Escalator and Elevator Safety Awareness Week. The goal is to make travel safer by reminding customers to take some simple yet effective steps to stay out of harm's way. For example, when using elevators, always use handrails, stand in the middle facing forward and keep loose clothing away from edges. On elevators, don't force doors open or closed - and if you get stuck, push the "help" button and wait for assistance.

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Hulcher Services Inc. has opened a new full-service division in Montreal, Quebec. The new division is staffed and equipped to provide a broad range of services for railroads and general industry. Service offerings include railroad services, engineering work, transfer and load adjustments, industrial services, snow removal, flood control and emergency/disaster response.


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Nearly 200 cubic yards of trash and more than 400 old rail ties have been removed from the track area in and around Jamaica Station, completing one of the largest clean-up projects in the history of MTA Long Island Rail Road. The work was carried out by LIRR track maintenance workers over two weekends in October and November while a state-of-the-art switch and signal control system was being installed at Jamaica, a critical hub for the railroad.

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It's been nearly two years of legal battles over Canadian National Railway Company's purchase of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line, and it all comes down to this, the Aurora Beacon-News reports. Sometime in the next four months, the U.S. Court of Appeals is expected to rule on whether Canadian National will have to pay more to separate grade crossings in Aurora and Lynwood, and whether the federal Surface Transportation Board conducted a thorough study of the impacts of the $300-million sale before approving it in 2008.

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Changes to the light-rail line pushed by Norfolk State University officials and agreed to by city leaders will cost city taxpayers $10 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. These costs are not new. They are included in the $338-million light-rail price tag, but after three years of negotiations, NSU, HRT and the city are nearing an agreement for the changes. They include moving a passenger station farther from campus and redesigning the storage and maintenance building.

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Ridership on Metra's Union Pacific North line dropped in September, reflecting widespread displeasure with schedule changes, which the commuter line was forced to rescind, the Chicago Tribune reports. The number of monthly passenger trips fell 10 percent to 820,462 compared with September 2009, according to recent figures.

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