Latest Rail News

The Gary/Chicago International Airport has won a key nod from CSX Corp. that will open the way for moving railroad tracks that block the expansion of its main runway, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. CSX has agreed to do design work that would allow the reroute of tracks belonging to Canadian National Railway on to CSX's own right-of-way on the north side of Chicago Avenue, according to Gary/Chicago International Airport Interim Director Steve Landry.

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Forty-two capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will share nearly $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's popular TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood said Oct. 20.

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Ohio-based Construction Polymers Technologies, Inc., was named as the new North America licensee of the LVT slab track system from Sonneville AG (formerly Sonneville International Corporation).

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Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae, Rep. Bill Shuster and other state and local dignitaries to officially break ground for the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility in Greencastle, Pa.

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Earlier this month, SEPTA in the Philadelphia area joined local officials and community members, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovation work at the North Wales Station.

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BART is seeking public input on future improvements to the Hayward, Calif., Yard. The agency will present a project overview of the Hayward Maintenance Complex at the Oct. 21 meeting in Union City, Calif.


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As part of the Patrick- Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to enhance economic development and create jobs by strengthening public transit and rail service, Mass. Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Congressman John Olver to announce the groundbreaking for the $55.5-million Wachusett Commuter Rail Extension Project.

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Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing $150 million over the next three years ($50 million per year) for transit agencies throughout Ohio.

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Metro in the Washington, D.C., area will close the eastern end of the Orange Line between the Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton Metrorail stations and there will be no Blue Line service between the Stadium-Armory and Benning Road Metrorail stations from 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, to closing on Sunday, Nov, 7, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety, comply with a safety recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), maintain service reliability and return the area to a state of good repair. 



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St. Louis Metro and the St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) have avoided potential service disruptions to MetroLink by completing a $2.7-million project that halted erosion and stabilized soil along 4.5 miles of tracks between Fairview Heights and Swansea, Illinois. The project that began in May was completed nearly two months ahead of schedule and 10 percent under the $3 million budget.

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