Latest Rail News

Due to the ongoing station repair work in New York City at the 207th, 215th, 225th, 238th and 242nd Street stations and the station rehabilitation at Dyckman Street, there will be no No.1 service between 242nd Street and 168th Street for all five weekends in October.

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California is getting a $194-million federal grant to fund planning of a 520-mile high-speed rail line, local media report.

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Marc Laliberté, VIA Rail's President and CEO, spoke on the issues and challenges confronting the passenger rail industry in a speech made in Quebec City to the members of the Ordre des comptables agréés (chartered accountants) du Québec. Laliberté took the opportunity to explain to the 350 convention attendees the context in which VIA operates at the beginning of this 21st century. In particular, he described the strategies his team has implemented to manage VIA's growth, despite the difficulties caused by the economic situation since the end of 2008. He stated that. "VIA must continue to adapt and evolve if it wishes to pursue its growth and remain relevant in the coming years."

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The dedication of a new switchyard in Winchester, Ore., may be a relatively minor event in the nearly 140-year history of train service in Roseburg, but it is notable achievement, according to the News-Review.

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The CREATE Program will be participating in the 14th Annual Transportation Symposium and Business Exchange sponsored by several CREATE partners and other regional transportation agencies. Participants include the Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois Tollway, CTA, Metra, Pace and IDOT, among others.

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Deutsche Bahn Netz AG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), switched to a new tamping surveying solution from Amberg Technologies. It will support maintenance measures of automated tamping of tracks and points.

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L.B. Foster Company said it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City Time on September 30, 2010.


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October 1-3, Metro in Washington, D.C., will install a track switch and upgrade its track, platforms and aerial structures on the Yellow, Green and Red lines to improve long-term reliability and service. The track switch is work that was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. As a result of this work, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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Feedback from riders and communities along the Union Pacific North line regarding recent schedule changes has prompted Metra to postpone the project to rebuild 22 bridges on the line until next spring and reinstate the line's original schedule with a two-track operation starting Sunday, Oct. 3.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for construction of a new bridge that will carry County Highway 19 (7000 N Road) over the Union Pacific tracks, in Kankakee County. The County proposes to reconstruct the structure with a new multi-steel stringer and reinforced concrete bridge. It will have a 30-foot wide travel surface with bridge railing on each side, and will provide 23-feet minimum vertical clearance over the railroad tracks.

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