Latest Rail News

Crews were working through the night to finish two railroad bridges in Benton City, Wash., by 6 a.m. May 20, the Bellingham Herald reports. Construction of the BNSF ballast-deck bridges with concrete girders started early May 19. Both are 121 feet long and will allow traffic to pass under the railroad tracks.

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The Norfolk Light Rail station at Norfolk State University is one of 11 Light Rail stations that will run on the 7.4 miles of track from Eastern Virginia Medical School to Newtown Road, local media report. It's the only station that will sit high above city streets and will have an elevator for passengers.

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The city of Boise, Idaho, will move forward with a new study that could improve the freight rail system in the Treasure Valley, television station KTVB reports. Mayor Dave Bieter calls this a "major step forward" in Boise's economic future. If this facility is built, it will be the only one of its kind between Ogden, Utah, and Portland, Oregon. The facility would allow freight cargo to go from rail-to-truck and vice versa.

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Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes May 21-23 as old track components are replaced on Washington, D.C., Metrorail's Red, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. 



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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners authorized the agency to move ahead with the purchase and redevelopment of Greenville Yards, a century-old rail yard in Jersey City, N.J., that will serve as the lynchpin to removing up to 360,000 trash trucks annually from trans-Hudson crossings and New Jersey highways by moving New York City's sealed containerized solid waste and other commodities by barge and rail when appropriate facilities are completed by 2013.

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Holland L.P., based in Crete, Ill., is using a medium-term insurance policy from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) to support its export of railroad-track equipment to a private-sector buyer in Brazil.

Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has been awarded a $2.2-million special trackwork contract from Metro North.


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Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff told business and transit stakeholders gathered in Boston that the Obama Administration is committed to keeping the nation's transit systems efficient and maintained and asked for a similar commitment from them.

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During the regular meeting, the Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority Board adopted 10 resolutions, including: 2010-35, Authorizing a $150,000 contract with Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. of Brook Park to install upgraded ADA ramps and sidewalks at the Flats-East Bank Rapid Station on the Waterfront Line, the West 98-Cudell Rapid Station on the Red Line, the Parma Transit Center, the North Coast Rapid Station eastbound platform on the Waterfront Line, the West Third Street Rapid Station eastbound platform on the Waterfront Line, and the Euclid Park-N-Ride lot. The bid is 49 percent lower than the engineer's estimate.


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Industry has proposed an agreement that, with government assistance, might keep rail service in Grand Forks, B.C., said Mayor Brian Taylor. A group of shippers that use the railway, including Pacific Abrasives and Interfor, contacted Omnitrax, which owns the Kettle Falls International Railroad, the Grand Forks Gazette reports.

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