Latest Rail News

The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Project was presented with the 2010 Outstanding Project of the Year Award by the Underground Construction Association of Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the North American Tunneling Conference held June 20 in Portland, Ore.

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Timothy Reynolds has been named a Senior Principal Technical Specialist in the Cincinnati office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Reynolds will be responsible for rail and transit services and operations planning and will support environmental analysis and multimodal planning. He is currently serving in key roles on the Cincinnati streetcar and Ohio 3-C Corridor Passenger Rail Plan projects.

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BNSF has invested some time and money on the Fairview Avenue crossing in Downers Grove, Ill.,, but some residents claim there has not been an improvement, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration's transit safety bill, the first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration, by a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.

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Drakontas LLC, a company that develops situation awareness and wireless communications tools for first responders, law enforcement and homeland defense, formally demonstrated its prototype wireless emergency messaging solution for transit passengers in subway tunnels on June 29. The 30-minute demonstration showcased the messaging platform capability inside a passenger train at PATCO's 8th and Market Station in Center City Philadelphia.

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Even with its bridge over the Elkhorn River washed out by floodwaters two weeks ago, Nebraska Central Railroad trains south of the river are running almost as usual, reports the Grand Island Independent. Even around Norfolk -- just north of the ruined bridge -- trains are running. But the railroad can't get goods from places south of the bridge, such as Grand Island, to Norfolk.

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Canadian Pacific said that the section of the CP main line east of Medicine Hat, Alta., that has been closed since June 18 is now open to traffic. This follows the reopening of the southern line between Lethbridge, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

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The temporary nighttime lane closures of all eastbound and westbound lanes on NW 25 Street between NW 39 Avenue and NW 37 Avenue, originally scheduled to take place from June 16-July 1, have been rescheduled to take place starting July 12 through July 26. As part of the Miami-Dade Transit's Metrorail AirportLink Project, the above closures will be implemented in order to conduct activities necessary for the construction of the new Metrorail extension. All lanes will be closed at 9 p.m. each night and will reopen at 5 a.m. the following morning. Detour signs will be posted directing motorists to the below alternate routes.


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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the appointment of Rick Inclima, director of safety for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, to a two-year term on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS).

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The new and improved Downtown Berkeley bike station opens July 13, with a ribbon-cutting celebration at 11:00 a.m. plus other events and prizes throughout the day.

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