Latest Rail News

The Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority, LRA, is accelerating plans for development and jobs at Savanna Depot Park after the federal government agreed to expedite the property transfers needed for the proposed railcar mall and other development.

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J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc., a transportation-engineering firm providing engineering design, construction management and staff augmentation to public and private sector clientele, as a sub-consultant to David Evans and Associates, Inc., will be providing engineering design management, track design and structures design services for the Oregon Department of Transportation's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project. The scope of work includes National Environmental Policy Act and Preliminary Engineering Services.

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BNSF plans to spend $84 million on track improvements in Wyoming this year, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Major projects will include rail, tie and surfacing work, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

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Houston METRO President & CEO Frank J. Wilson has resigned. The METRO Board of Directors accepted his resignation at a Special Board meeting, May 7. As part of the resignation, the Board authorized Chairman Gilbert Garcia to sign a Mutual Termination and General Release agreement with Wilson. This agreement is posted on METRO's Web site.

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Multinational railway signaling and train control provider Invensys Rail has appointed former Network Rail director Nick Crossfield as its new managing director for its Northern Europe division. He takes the helm of the division in June and succeeds Mark Wild who has been acting managing director since November 2009.

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According to a notice published in the May 10 Federal Register, the Federal Railroad Administration is proposing to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards applicable to high-speed and high- cant-deficiency train operations in order to promote the safe interaction of rail vehicles with the track over which they operate.

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an initiative in Northern California to provide a new passenger rail service along 70 miles of an existing Northwestern Pacific corridor. With the corridor having been out of service since 1994, the lead designer, HDR Engineering, required a high precision, as-built track geometry survey of the existing infrastructure.

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The industrial city within a city is taking shape on the south end of Joliet. Ill., the Herald-News reports. CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet -- a 4,000-acre, $2-billion project that is changing the landscape of a once rural edge of the city -- will begin to become a working industrial center in the coming months.

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San Bernardino County, Calif., transportation officials met a state deadline May 7 to keep a $202-million railroad overpass project on track, according to officials who negotiated the hastily finalized deal, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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A planned $100-million expansion of CSX Transportation's freight rail facilities near Franklin Street in Worcester, Mass., has been heralded by state and local officials as a major boon for economic development, the Worcester Business Journal reports. But just how many jobs the expansion will create, and what the impact on the local neighborhood will be, remains to be seen.

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