Latest Rail News

The Seattle-area Sound Transit Board of Directors authorized the award of the construction contract for the Sounder D-to-M Streets Track and Signal project to low-bidder MidMountain Contractors, Inc. The project will build a new commuter rail line from East D to South M Streets in Tacoma.

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"Thinking Ahead: High-Speed Rail in Southern California," a new report released August 27 by the Center for Urban Infrastructure, showcases the benefits of a fast, convenient, and efficient intercity high-speed rail system on southern California's economy.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road continues to advise customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays during Friday's morning and evening rush hours August 27 as repair work and testing continues as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica Station caused by a cable fire on the morning of August 23.

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Railroad officials have imposed slower speeds on Amtrak trains traveling through portions of western Kansas because of deteriorating track conditions, The Hutchinson News reports. The slowdown, which could become permanent, has added about 45 minutes to the run from La Junta, Colo., to Hutchinson, Kan. Without a significant influx of spending on the line, the miles of slowdown are expected to increase with time.

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Nomad Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, is to support Alstom's contract with Angel & Southeastern in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with Nexala, to supply a remote condition based monitoring system, on Southeastern's Networkers. The contract has been awarded for the design, supply and installation of the system for the Alstom Class 465/2, 465/9 and Class 466 fleets, totalling 93 units.

 

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To start an upgrade to the Woodhill station in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood, and to continue work on the new East 55th Station, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will temporarily replace trains with buses along the entire Blue and Green lines this weekend. --> ...

Last week's flooding at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit, zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.

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The Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities awarded the second heavy construction contract for the Central Corridor light rail transit Project to Ames Construction/C.S.McCrossan and gave Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. the contract to build 41 light-rail vehicles.

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On Monday, August 30, SEPTA Route 101 and 102 Trolleys will return to normal service after several extensive federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act construction projects conclude. For nearly a year, SEPTA replaced regular trolley service with shuttle buses along portions of the line.

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The Port of Coos Bay, Ore., received a $7.8-million state grant for rehabilitation of the Coos Bay rail line, The Oregonian reports. The Connect Oregon grant was announced in Reedsport by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

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