Latest Rail News

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern to upgrade a railroad crossing Seneca County, the Advertiser Tribune reports. Norfolk Southern will install mast-mounted flashing lights and roadway gates at the Reedtown Road/TR 126 grade crossing.

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Metra released the final version of a new schedule for the Union Pacific North line between Chicago and Kenosha, Wis., that will take effect on August 22. The schedule is being changed because a major, $185-million project to replace 22 bridges on the line on the north side of Chicago will require trains to use a single track in the construction zone.

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Ottawa has come through with some much-needed cash for track improvements to keep the Huron Central Railway rolling, Northern Ontario Business reports. Sault Ste. Marie MP Tony Martin has confirmed from federal Transportation Minister John Baird that $15 million earmarked for the northeastern Ontario shortline railway is on its way.

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Preparations for improvement of Union Pacific Railroad tracks used by Amtrak south of Springfield will prompt two daily Lincoln Service trains to originate and terminate in Springfield for 10 days, starting August 7. Alternate transportation will be provided to and from points south to St. Louis for Trains 303 & 304.

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Metra and Alderman Gene Schulter (47th) are pleased to announce that Metra is ready to move forward with building a bigger and better Ravenswood Station at its current location on the Union Pacific North Line. The station overhaul is part of a major $185-million project to replace 22 bridges on the line.

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The five Members of the National Transportation Safety Board will meet the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on Monday, August 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the WMATA headquarters building, 600 Fifth Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.


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It became clearer that the state's high-speed train will run above ground in the Peninsula and South Bay -- including on so-called "Berlin Walls" that some cities fear will divide their communities and demolish homes and businesses, the San Mateo (Calif.) County Times reports.

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North Charleston, S.C., Mayor Keith Summey said it's urgent the city move forward on its own railroad plan because the state and just about everyone else with a stake in the new port terminal is dragging their feet or will never act in the city's interests, The Post and Courier reports.

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Transportation authorities in Delaware and Maryland soon will begin studying the possibility of a new passenger rail line that would run north and south through the First State, The News Journal reports.

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 The Maryland Transit Administration said that Amtrak's project to replace concrete railroad ties on the MARC Train Penn Line is proceeding on schedule. Work has been completed from New Carrollton to north of Halethorpe. As work moves to a new section, the MARC Train Penn Line schedule will be modified to allow trains to move through the work area. 

New timetables are available in MARC stations and on-line at www.mta.maryland.gov, but the MTA urges all MARC riders to be aware of the changes that take effect August 9, 2010. 




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