Latest Rail News

Businesses in Grand Forks, B.C., are looking to the city to rescue the Kettle Falls railway - it's a question of survival. A recent presentation from the stakeholder group to the City of Grand Forks proposed that the solution would be for the city to either purchase the line, or invest in the needed infrastructure upgrades, or both, The Boundary Sentinel reports.

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Construction of the new parking structure at BART's Richmond, Calif., Station has begun. The remainder of the parking lot between 15th and 16th Street on the west side of the station will be closed starting on Monday August 16th. The bus stop, passenger drop-off, taxi stand and accessible parking will remain open. Assisted parking in the parking lot on the east side of the station will provide replacement parking during the construction.


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On or around August 25, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews will dramatically shift the eastbound lanes south into parking lots of car dealers and other retailers from the Best Buy area west to the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) interchange. This shift will create the large construction zone that is needed in the median of Route 7 to build the future Tysons West Metrorail Station. This change involves both the Westwood Center Drive/Tyco Road and Spring Hill Road intersections where pedestrians and drivers will need to pay special attention to new lane patterns and the wider Route 7 crosswalks.

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L.B. Foster Company Pittsburgh, Pa., was awarded a $5.3-million contract by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) to supply 5,561 tons of rail for the Downeaster-Portland North Project. NNEPRA is using a $35-million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fund the project's 26.4-mile track rehabilitation and expansion between Portland and Brunswick, Maine. The new Downeaster line will offer improved Amtrak service within the area and south to Boston.

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Work on railroad crossings and rail lines near downtown Fort Worth, Texas, could begin as soon as spring if the Tower 55 project is awarded federal funding, officials told the Star-Telegram. Officials from Fort Worth-based BNSF and Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific appeared cautiously optimistic that the project will make the cut for federal transit grants. A decision is expected in Washington in the fall.

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Generators drown out the quiet, slow moving Elkhorn River these days. It's a dramatic difference from the roaring, rushing water as Norfolk, Neb., flooded in June, local media report.

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August 6-8, Metro in Washington, D.C., will upgrade its track on the Red and Green lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays between 20 and 40 minutes. 



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Railroad maintenance activities are planned at Batavia Street between Angus and Walnut Avenue in the City of Orange, Calif., starting on Friday, August 20, at 8:00 p.m., and continuing until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 21. No service delays expected.

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Wright County, Iowa, Economic Development Director Dennis Bowman and Hamilton County Supervisor Doug Bailey talked to the Wright County Board of Supervisors about a proposed 280-acre business park in Hamilton County with access to the Canadian National Railway, the Belmond Independent reports.

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A Clinton County, Ohio, railroad crossing has been called "a dire safety hazard" and a "very dangerous intersection" by current and former railroad safety advocates, as well as by one Ohio foundation that works to make the nation's railways safer, the News Journal reports.

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