Latest Rail News

The Honorable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and David Hoff, a member of VIA Rail's Board of Directors announced an investment of C$5.1 million in VIA Rail's Heritage train station in Vancouver. They were joined at the city's Pacific Central Station by Gregor Robertson, the Mayor of Vancouver.

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Union Pacific will increase its capital spending by 25 percent to $3.25 billion in 2011, the Journal of Commerce reports. UP capital expenditures in 2010 totaled $2.6 billion.


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Urban planners and promoters of light rail often cite the 52-mile MAX light-rail system in Portland, Ore., for generating several billion dollars of real estate development around its stations since it began operating in 1986, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports. In Charlotte, N.C., where the 9.6-mile Lynx light-rail system opened in 2007, development has been more restrained, though that may be a reflection of the economy.

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New York City's most-beloved galaxy, the constellation ceiling above Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse, came alive recently with new luminosity in the form of light-emitting diodes. Fifty-nine of the brightest stars in the winter sky, such as Castor and Pollux in Gemini and Rigel in Orion, were turned on Nov. 8 now that MTA Metro-North Railroad, steward of the Terminal, has completed installation of new fixtures.

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The well-known telephone number 1.800.COMMUTE, funded by Caltrans for transportation information in Los Angeles County, is being discontinued. Metro will now provide bus and rail information through a new easy-to-remember number 323.GO.METRO.

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All Metrorail stations opened on time Nov. 8 after successful track projects that took place during the weekend. 

This past weekend, Metro made preliminary repairs to the stabilize the ground, the abutment and aerial structure outside the Cheverly Metrorail station because a developer performed work on land adjacent to Metro property that shifted the ground and caused movement of Metro's aerial structure.


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MTA Long Island Rail Road customers should expect normal weekday service Monday following the successful weekend testing of a new computerized switch and signal control system at Jamaica Station. The new state-of-the-art, microprocessor-based control system replaces three antiquated sig ...
The city of Joliet, Ill., is embarking on a $42 million public project at the same time its latest budget proposal shows the bank account running dry by 2012, the Herald News reports. The state of Illinois is putting $32 million into the future transportation center, a place tha ...
Miners excavating the tunnels that will carry Dulles Corridor Metrorail tracks from the Tysons Central 123 Station under the highest natural point in Fairfax County, Va., soon will complete the mining portion of the construction endeavors. Dulles Transit Partners, the design-build ...

The idea of a new rail line connecting the Berkshires to New York City, as proposed by the Housatonic Railroad Co., has local business and economic development officials pondering the possibilities, the Berkshire Eagle reports. The concept, they say, holds substantial promise for the local economy.

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