Latest Rail News

Rudy Boutot, a leathery veteran of the logging trade, is the only one of 11 siblings who chose to remain in jobs-challenged Aroostook County, Maine, the Boston Globe reports. But in all his 66 years, Boutot said, he has never seen the economy this bad.

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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. received a contract from Network Rail to progress the development of a major rail infrastructure project at Stockley Flyover in west London. Officials did not disclose the contract value.

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Efren Alcala has been named a supervising engineer in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Alcala will initially be responsible for the design of plumbing and fire protection systems for the East Side Access project, which is extending The Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal.

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The Village of Leipsic, Ohio, was awarded a $3.5-million grant to assist in developing its 244-acre industrial site served by three railroads, the Putnam County Sentinel reports. 

At a Leipsic Council meeting, Leipsic Mayor Kevin Benton and village administrator Kevin Lammon informed council members that the village has been selected to receive this grant.



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As Fresno's population grows, so does its traffic congestion, especially in bustling areas such as downtown, the Fresno Business Journal reports. For many, it is apparent that a streetcar system, reminiscent of the one Fresno residents used up until the late 1930s, will be the key to curbing the flow of traffic in the future while bringing visitors and economic stimulation to the city's core.

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Joliet's new CenterPoint Intermodal opened the week of August 2, a milestone for a project that will make Will County, Ill., a major port for consumer goods coming in and out of the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Beneath a 115-year-old SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come up with at least $472 million more for transportation.

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The best and safest way for fast-speed rail service to roll into downtown Raleigh is to hop onto tracks being used by Norfolk Southern, both a citizen advisory task force and city staff told Raleigh's City Council, the News Observer reports.

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Following a productive meeting late the week of July 26, Amtrak and the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) said that issues surrounding the renovation of the Lancaster Station have been resolved and the project is moving forward as planned. As a result of the meeting, it was determined that no additional funds beyond Amtrak's estimate of $1.7 million provided to the LCPC in 2008 will be needed for Amtrak's construction support.

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A Website for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in the Chicago area has been launched that provides study information and links to environmental documents, newsletters, project schedule and upcoming public events.


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