Latest Rail News

August 27-29, the Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track and platforms and trim weeds on the Red, Blue and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes

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Oldcastle Precast provided 980 track feet of its StarTrack® railroad-crossing system for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's four light rail grade-crossing rehabilitation projects in Cleveland, Ohio. Oldcastle Precast provided design and production of the 99 precast concrete rail crossing segments, known as the StarTrack® System, as well as 16 precast, tapered approach slabs to upgrade the four light rail crossing areas. The installation work performed at each location had to be completed within a 54-hour time frame to minimize train schedule interruption.

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The St. Louis Metro's Board of Commissioners selected John Nations as its new president and CEO.

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A North End train station project in Niagara Falls, N.Y., more than two decades in the making officially moved into the first phase of construction on August 24, the Niagara Gazette reports. 

Local officials gathered outside the historic U.S. Customhouse near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Plaza to break ground on a new Amtrak passenger rail facility and Underground Railroad interpretive center to be built on the site.





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Advocates for an intermodal facility to ship agricultural products from Minot, N.D., saw their vision realized August 23, reports the Minot Daily News. The Port of North Dakota began unloading containers from a BNSF train that morning with plans to fill them this week with commodities.

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The Delaware River Port Authority and PATCO have received a nearly perfect review following two days of intense scrutiny by a Federal Transit Administration compliance reviewer. Twenty-two areas of compliance were reviewed and the Authority received perfect scores in 21 of those areas.


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Southeast Beach Drive in Vancouver, Wash., is now officially a train horn quiet zone, city officials said, The Columbian reports. It's the first of nine crossings where various improvements - medians, crossing gates, street closures - may be used to hush the 24-hour call of horns.

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Steve Kamau is tired of "noise pollution" from Union Pacific trains sounding their horns as they ramble through Manteca, Calif., often at speeds in excess of 55 mph, the Manteca Bulletin reports. The Manteca resident has launched a signature gathering effort at the ipetitions.com site aimed at collecting signatures to try and convince the City Council to address the issue.

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Union Pacific is investing more than $9 million to improve the rail line from Milwaukee, Wis., to near Lebanon, Wis. Work on two projects covering more than a 40-mile stretch of railroad track began August 18 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The projects include removing and installing more than 33,000 ties, replacing the surfaces at 57 grade crossings and replacing nearly 24 miles of rail.  


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Canadian Pacific Ltd., Canada's second-largest railway company, plans to announce a major reorganization of its operations in the next two weeks, as part of its ongoing focus to improve efficiency and customer service, according to an internal document obtained by Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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