Latest Rail News

It became clearer that the state's high-speed train will run above ground in the Peninsula and South Bay -- including on so-called "Berlin Walls" that some cities fear will divide their communities and demolish homes and businesses, the San Mateo (Calif.) County Times reports.

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North Charleston, S.C., Mayor Keith Summey said it's urgent the city move forward on its own railroad plan because the state and just about everyone else with a stake in the new port terminal is dragging their feet or will never act in the city's interests, The Post and Courier reports.

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Transportation authorities in Delaware and Maryland soon will begin studying the possibility of a new passenger rail line that would run north and south through the First State, The News Journal reports.

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 The Maryland Transit Administration said that Amtrak's project to replace concrete railroad ties on the MARC Train Penn Line is proceeding on schedule. Work has been completed from New Carrollton to north of Halethorpe. As work moves to a new section, the MARC Train Penn Line schedule will be modified to allow trains to move through the work area. 

New timetables are available in MARC stations and on-line at www.mta.maryland.gov, but the MTA urges all MARC riders to be aware of the changes that take effect August 9, 2010. 




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Businesses in Grand Forks, B.C., are looking to the city to rescue the Kettle Falls railway - it's a question of survival. A recent presentation from the stakeholder group to the City of Grand Forks proposed that the solution would be for the city to either purchase the line, or invest in the needed infrastructure upgrades, or both, The Boundary Sentinel reports.

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Construction of the new parking structure at BART's Richmond, Calif., Station has begun. The remainder of the parking lot between 15th and 16th Street on the west side of the station will be closed starting on Monday August 16th. The bus stop, passenger drop-off, taxi stand and accessible parking will remain open. Assisted parking in the parking lot on the east side of the station will provide replacement parking during the construction.


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On or around August 25, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will dramatically shift the eastbound lanes south into parking lots of car dealers and other retailers from the Best Buy area west to the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) interchange. This shift will create the large construction zone that is needed in the median of Route 7 to build the future Tysons West Metrorail Station. This change involves both the Westwood Center Drive/Tyco Road and Spring Hill Road intersections where pedestrians and drivers will need to pay special attention to new lane patterns and the wider Route 7 crosswalks.

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L.B. Foster Company Pittsburgh, Pa., was awarded a $5.3-million contract by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) to supply 5,561 tons of rail for the Downeaster-Portland North Project. NNEPRA is using a $35-million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fund the project's 26.4-mile track rehabilitation and expansion between Portland and Brunswick, Maine. The new Downeaster line will offer improved Amtrak service within the area and south to Boston.

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Work on railroad crossings and rail lines near downtown Fort Worth, Texas, could begin as soon as spring if the Tower 55 project is awarded federal funding, officials told the Star-Telegram. Officials from Fort Worth-based BNSF and Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific appeared cautiously optimistic that the project will make the cut for federal transit grants. A decision is expected in Washington in the fall.

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Generators drown out the quiet, slow moving Elkhorn River these days. It's a dramatic difference from the roaring, rushing water as Norfolk, Neb., flooded in June, local media report.

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