Latest Rail News

The Chicago Transit Authority joins the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra and Pace to present the 14th Annual Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange.  The symposium takes place on Tuesday, November 30 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) said that the entire northbound platform at the BWI MARC/Amtrak Station would be open for passengers at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. A portion of the northbound platform has been closed to MARC commuters and Amtrak passengers during construction, but barriers will be removed Wednesday morning, Nov. 24, and crews will complete final detail work after the holiday. The improved, longer platform will open in time to ease the expected rush of Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

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A non-profit community group that has earned accolades for efforts to keep New York City clean is sending work crews out to help MTA Long Island Rail Road undo the unsightly work of graffiti vandals scarring LIRR bridges, most in Greater Jamaica. The LIRR is partnering in the pilot program with NYC Community Cleanup, an organization that targets litter and vandalism by deploying non-violent offenders doing community service time. NYC Community Cleanup is a creation of the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the state Office of Court Administration, the Office of the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the Queens District Attorney and it develops innovative approaches to public safety problems.

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VIA Rail Canada has selected KMI, a software firm based in Oakville, Ont., to upgrade the corporation's environmental and safety management systems. The C$270,000 contract, which is entirely funded by the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, will provide VIA with KMI's integrated software to centralize environment, health and safety data collection, event reporting and analysis throughout the corporation's coast-to-coast network. KMI's Incident Management, Corrective Action, and Reporting & Dashboard systems will be implemented at all VIA locations across Canada by the end of the year.

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North Bay cargo trains may be closer to returning to the Northwestern Pacific Railroad now that a major obstacle has been removed, the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat reports. U.S. transportation regulators have ruled that the North Coast Railroad Authority doesn't need commuter rail's okay to reopen the freight line.

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When the strip mall along Davenport, Iowa's East River Drive and west of Mound Street came down in March, a new view opened up, and many people noticed for the first time the tall wooden railroad trestle behind the property, the Quad Cities Times reports. The trestle is the only one like it in the Quad-Cities - possibly the only one like it in Iowa or Illinois - and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a "contributing structure" within the Village of East Davenport's historic designation.

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Spectrum Infrared, a division of A.D.S., said that CN is utilizing its 5-hp railroad track switch heaters at Victoria Bridge over the St. Lawrence River to ensure that the rail switches operate reliably and efficiently during the upcoming winter. CN's Victoria Bridge carries both rail and road traffic, with rails in the middle and roadways on both sides. The bridge links CN's Montreal operations with its network in southeastern Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

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Just over four years after the first front loader of dirt was turned, the 28-mile, 20-station, $1.8-billion Green Line will be complete on December 6, when it opens 24 miles and 15 stations, creating new light rail connections for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) customers from Pleasant Grove in the southeast to Farmers Branch and Carrollton in the northwest. This is the longest single-day opening of electric light rail in the United States since 1990.

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The City of New Bedford and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) have set up an informal design competition for a new station off Route 18 to be known as Whale's Tooth. The multi-modal station will be built as part of the South Coast Rail project and may host a new local and intercity bus terminal. Mayor Scott W. Lang and Kristina Egan, Director of South Coast Rail, MassDOT, made the announcement in New Bedford City Hall.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation has issued its third annual sustainability report, available for the first time exclusively on the company's environmental website, Footprints, at footprints.nscorp.com. The 2010 sustainability report describes Norfolk Southern's plans to achieve its new greenhouse gas emission reduction goal and tracks initiatives in responsible economic, environmental, and social performance.

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