Latest Rail News

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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Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay $11.2 million to clean up a former wood treatment plant site in Desoto County in Southwest Florida, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Wheeling & Lake Erie, Norfolk Southern, CSX Transportation and Indiana & Ohio Railway to install flashing lights and roadway gates at six grade crossings in Auglaize, Champaign, Fayette, Logan, Ross and Wayne counties, the Urbana Daily Citizen reports.

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RailWorks Track Systems, Inc., appointed Robert Rolf vice president and general manager of the South Track division with responsibility for all operations of RailWorks Track Systems - Texas, Inc. He succeeds Jack Wilt, who is retiring as vice president and general manager of this division.

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Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), with co-sponsors Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), introduced the Focusing Resources, Economic Investment and Guidance to Help Transportation Act of 2010 (FREIGHT Act), a landmark bill, leading the charge to transform America's transportation policy and investment by focusing on the freight network that enables goods and commodities to move about and reach their markets. The FREIGHT Act provides a visionary, comprehensive, systemic approach to infrastructure investment that addresses the nation's commerce needs while providing a solid foundation that will also help our nation meet its energy, environmental and safety goals. The bill also calls for the creation of a new National Freight Infrastructure Grants initiative - a competitive, merit-based program with broad eligibility for multimodal freight investment designed to focus funds where they will provide the most public benefit.

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LTK Engineering Services appointed Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., vice-president, business development. Furmaniak worked for LTK during the 1970s, after which he held senior management positions with New York City Transit and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and served as Chief Systemwide Engineer for the Athens Metro in Greece.


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 A Federal Transit Administration study estimates the cost of bringing the nation's rail and bus transit systems into a state of good repair at $77.7 billion. In addition, a yearly average of $14.4 billion would be required to maintain the systems.

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The University of Illinois said from Canadian National Railway Company made a new $325,000 donation to the university's Railroad Engineering Program, a gift that renews the company's generous commitment to railroad engineering education.

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Dulles Corridor Metrorail construction is visible all along the 11.7-mile alignment of Phase 1 of the 23-mile extension of Metro's existing Orange Line. By early fall, construction of all five stations between East Falls Church and Reston will be under way. Crews are building aerial bridges to carry tracks across the westbound lanes of I-66 near the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) where the rail extension will tie into the Orange Line. There is ongoing bridge construction at Pimmit Run and Magarity Road. Pile driving activities will continue through September all along the Connector Road as tracks are built at grade level in most areas.

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