Latest Rail News

On May 13, Florida Governor Charlie Crist marked the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to approve Florida's high-speed rail. The FRA, for the first time in the country's history, issued a final Record of Decision for a major high-speed rail project, the Orlando-Tampa segment of Florida's high-speed rail program.


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RailPros, Inc., recently opened a Downtown San Diego office to better serve San Diego area clients. The office is headed by Mike Ruth, P.E., and Joe Aroyo, P.E., who are managing projects for SANDAG, CCDC, NCTD and other major San Diego clients.

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Construction will begin soon on what can best be described as "bridges" over Tysons. One will begin in May on the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and cross over Route 123 to the northwest side of southbound Route 123. Another will cross I-495. Another will be built in the median of Route 7 from just west of Route 123 and into the median of the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road.

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Members of a governor's task force created to stop the abandonment of 233 miles of northern Maine freight tracks expressed optimism in a meeting Wednesday about the chances of keeping trains running on the tracks, the Bangor Daily News reports. Officials said at the four-hour meeting that 20 private entities have expressed interest in operating the railroad, but little else new was revealed, as the bulk of the session took place in executive session.

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The Commonwealth Transportation Board sold $492.7 million of Transportation Capital Projects Revenue Bonds to advance transportation projects managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The bonds were sold through c ...
Axion International Holdings, Inc., completed the first of two railroad bridges, constructed from 100 percent recycled plastic, at Fort Eustis, Va. The bridges, designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff, utilize Axion's patented Recycled Structural Composite ("RSC") a thermoplastic solution con ...

Sound Transit contractors plan to reopen the Olive Way exit ramp to Capitol Hill in Seattle from I-5 northbound the morning of May 13 at 5 a.m. as crews wrap up a major University Link light rail contract on time and under budget.

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Contractor crews will begin working this fall on elements of the western three miles of the 11-mile Central Corridor LRT Project. In September, they will begin prep work to retrofit the Washington Avenue bridge to accommodate light-rail trains by reconstructing the bridge piers. In December, they will start work to tie in the Central Corridor line from the Hiawatha LRT line just west of the Cedar-Riverside Station to Pleasant Street on the East Bank. The bulk of the Civil West contract work, though, will start in spring 2011.

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On May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Puyallup Fair "Red Lot," Sound Transit will break ground on a project to expand parking for commuters using the Sounder Puyallup, Wash., station. Developed in partnership with the City of Puyallup and the Puyallup Fair & Events Center and funded by a combination of local and federal monies, the project will create 219 permanent satellite park-and-ride spaces at the lot located at 5th St. SW and 7th Ave SW.

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Li Rose Cheng, a Senior System Software Engineer at Portec RailProducts Inc. subsidiary Salient Systems Inc. since 1997, has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development-Asia, with responsibility for all facets of Salient's business in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the Pacific Rim. Her duti ...
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