Latest Rail News

During the recession in the early 2000s, U.S. freight railroads slashed spending and services. When business revived, they were roundly criticized for bottlenecks and delays, The Wall Street Journal reports. This time around, the railroads have continued to spend heavily, plowing more than $20 billion into capital improvements to widen tracks and tunnels, upgrade cars and engines and enhance their technology.

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Coleman Young died a dozen years ago. If the former Detroit mayor were with us today, he surely would be delighted with news of a billion-dollar investment in Detroit's railroad infrastructure, the Port Huron Times Herald reports.

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SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined state and local leaders and members of the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wayne Station on the Thorndale Regional rail line in Wayne, Delaware County, Pa. The ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the extensive two-year $22.7-million Wayne Station Improvement Project. The project was funded as a joint federal, state and local effort to rejuvenate the historic station, which dates to the late 1800's.

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Ten states that lead the nation in the number of highway-rail grade-crossing deaths -- Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas --have until Aug. 27, 2011, to complete five-year action plans that address highway-rail grade crossing accidents, Occupational Health & Safety's Website reported.

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The three newest members of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger rail transportation in America.

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L. B. Foster said that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has dissolved the preliminary injunction issued on April 21, 2010, which had enjoined the completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer for Portec Rail Products, Inc. Stan Hasselbusch, L.B. Foster's chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased that this obstacle to L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail has been removed."

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BMWED National Division President Freddie N. Simpson, who also serves as a Teamster International Vice President, was re-elected by acclamation during the union's Quadrennial Convention.

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In July, Metro will replace rail switches at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines and conduct major track work to maintain a state of good repair on all five of Metro's rail lines. All of July's weekend projects will impact travel times and cause delays. However, there will be no track maintenance during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. 



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Pacific Harbor Line said that M. D. "Mike" Stolzman, vice president, has been promoted to president, succeeding Andrew C. Fox, who is promoted to managing director, a newly created position. Otis Cliatt succeeds Stolzman.

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As part of its recent initiatives to position the Port of New York and New Jersey for future economic growth, the Port Authority acquired additional prime waterfront property - the 98-acre Global Terminal on the Port Jersey peninsula in Jersey City and Bayonne, N.J.

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