Latest Rail News

Freight trains may be ready to roll again on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, but a dispute between two public rail agencies threatens to sidetrack the cargo service, The Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat reports. North Coast Railroad Authority, which oversees freight trains, and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, which owns the tracks south of Healdsburg, can't agree on joint operating rules.

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Houston METRO will change its weekend rail service due to continued construction of an enclosed pedestrian bridge over Fannin at the Texas Children's Hospital.

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The Gary/Chicago International Airport has won a key nod from CSX Corp. that will open the way for moving railroad tracks that block the expansion of its main runway, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. CSX has agreed to do design work that would allow the reroute of tracks belonging to Canadian National Railway on to CSX's own right-of-way on the north side of Chicago Avenue, according to Gary/Chicago International Airport Interim Director Steve Landry.

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Forty-two capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states will share nearly $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's popular TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood said Oct. 20.

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Ohio-based Construction Polymers Technologies, Inc., was named as the new North America licensee of the LVT slab track system from Sonneville AG (formerly Sonneville International Corporation).

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Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae, Rep. Bill Shuster and other state and local dignitaries to officially break ground for the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility in Greencastle, Pa.

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Earlier this month, SEPTA in the Philadelphia area joined local officials and community members, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovation work at the North Wales Station.

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BART is seeking public input on future improvements to the Hayward, Calif., Yard. The agency will present a project overview of the Hayward Maintenance Complex at the Oct. 21 meeting in Union City, Calif.


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As part of the Patrick- Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to enhance economic development and create jobs by strengthening public transit and rail service, Mass. Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Congressman John Olver to announce the groundbreaking for the $55.5-million Wachusett Commuter Rail Extension Project.

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Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing $150 million over the next three years ($50 million per year) for transit agencies throughout Ohio.

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