Latest Rail News

The railroad spawned a string of towns north of Raleigh, N.C., in the 19th century, and now it threatens to cut them in half, the News Observer reports. Many residents worry that Youngsville, Franklinton, Henderson and Norlina will see little benefit from a plan to run passenger trains between Raleigh and Richmond, Va., at speeds up to 110 mph. The $2.3-billion project is part of a planned high-speed rail corridor that would cut nearly two hours from train trips between North Carolina and the Northeast.

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In order to replace a stairway, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is temporarily closing the West 25th Red Line Rail station. The one-week project is scheduled to close the station from August 11 through August 18. The Red Line will continue to travel through this location, but passengers will not be able to enter or exit through this station during the stairway construction project.

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During the week of August 9 through August 13, some areas surrounding the BART Ashby Station will be unavailable due to construction work on the Station Modernization Project. There will be a crane in the north parking lot that will be moving steel into position for construction during the day. A "safety area" will be set up which will cut off access to part of the sidewalk, parking lot and roadway. Access will also be cut off to the bicycle lockers under the Adeline Street Plaza at the Concourse level.


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A bill introduced July 30 in the U.S. House of Representatives could help transform America's transportation policy and investment by directing federal investment to freight system projects that update the freight system and help reduce freight's environmental and health impacts, according to an environmental advocay group.

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The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad said that Henry Lampe, president and CEO, would retire at the end of October 2010. Succeeding him will be Andrew Fox, managing director of Pacific Harbor Line and former PHL president since 1997.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $727,000 would be coming for the State of New York to continue work on its high-speed rail program with the rehabilitation of the Buffalo-Depew railroad station. The Department of Transportation has provided New York $1.7 million of the $151 million awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for high-speed rail.

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A 20-year transportation proposal to renovate more than 500 miles of passenger rail throughout New England is anticipated to increase speed between stations while unclogging some of the region's congested highways, the Brattleboro, Vt., Reformer reports. The ambitious project, running through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, is designed to improve connection times and spark economic growth throughout the Northeast.

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BNSF wants to create a wind energy hub in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, the Tri City Herald reports. The railroad company, which operates one of North America's largest rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, recently proposed setting up a transload facility on Port of Pasco land. The idea is to haul wind turbine components by rail from production sites and deliver them to Pasco for loading onto trucks for shipment to wind farm sites within 150 miles.

 

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Wiscasset Raceway can have Oxxfest 2010. Brunswick will host its own celebration of heavy metal on August 2, the Brunswick Times Record reports. Real heavy metal. Very heavy metal.

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The rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and ending in Roxbury, N.J., is under way and should be completed within four to five months, county officials said, according to the Daily Record. The county Board of Freeholders in April awarded a $5.1-million contract to the firm Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson to rehabilitate the rail line, with the money coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, part of the economic stimulus package.

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