Latest Rail News

At 5 a.m. on Monday, July 26, Miami-Dade Transit resumed regular service on the entire Metromover system, including the Brickell segment of Metromover's Outer Loop. The Inner Loop and Omni segment of the Outer Loop were reopened on Friday, July 23, 2010.

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From Sunday, July 25, to Thursday, July 29, crews are continuing a project that will improve rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale. Crews will grade and trench the site and install foundations for the improvements. They also will make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.


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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced more than $500 million for critical mass transit infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois. The funding, provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will create and retain an estimated 18,000 jobs and improve traveler safety.

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The Sound Transit Board completed work defining a preferred alternative for the East Link light rail project by selecting specific configuration options for a future route on 112th Avenue South in Bellevue, Wash.

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In February, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for projects to help reduce rail bottlenecks in the Chicago region. On July 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation finalized a grant agreement for the CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency) program to begin work on those projects.

 Secretary LaHood said freight congestion mitigation projects include new traffic control systems, track and bridge work, a highway-rail grade separation and safety improvements on various rail viaducts.

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The Surface Transportation Board said its Section of Environmental Analysis has issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the R. J. Corman Railroad Company/Pennsylvania Lines Inc. (RJCP) proposed construction, operation, and reactivation of a 20-mile railroad line between Wallaceton and Gorton, in Clearfield and Centre Counties, Pennsylvania.

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The Seattle-area Sound Transit board of directors took a major step towards delivering the Sounder commuter rail expansions that voters approved in 2008 by authorizing the purchase of rights to four additional south line Sounder round trips.

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CRSBG-Donovan Manganese Steel Hardening Co. Ltd. of China has entered into a patent license agreement with UNITRAC Railroad Materials, Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., to operate a patented Explosive Depth Hardening Blast chamber at its headquarters in Shanhaiguan District, Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province.


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Dan Blocher replaces Neil McFarlane, who is TriMet's new general manager, as executive director of capital projects for TriMet in the Portland, Ore., area. Blocher, 49, will direct and manage all aspects of planning, development, design and construction of TriMet's capital projects, including the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project now in the design phase. He has been with TriMet for 13 years over two periods of employment.

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July 23-25, Metro in the Washington, D.C., area will make upgrades to its track on the Blue and Green lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work aimed at keeping the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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