Latest Rail News

Elected officials closed of a $100-million deal with CSX Corp. to launch commuter rail service to the South Coast and increase service for Central Massachusetts commuters, the Telegram and Gazette reports. The agreement, announced by the governor and other officials, allows the state to buy more than 30 miles of track from Taunton to the Fall River and New Bedford area, which is crucial to passenger service.

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BART has completed the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (FPEIR) for an extension between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The FPEIR consists of a "Response to Comments" (Volume 2), which publishes BART's replies to public comments about the project together with the previously issued Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Volume 1). Both volumes of the FPEIR are now available.


 

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(The following statement was issued by Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger in response to the Teamsters Rail Conference employee survey titled "High Alert 2") "Feedback from rail employees can be useful in improving worker communication and training techniques. However, it is important to keep this subjective survey in context: This is not a study or report on railroad security. It is an unscientific survey of the perceptions of a small percentage of the freight railroad workforce about security.

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Alaska Railroad Corp. has received a permit from state regulators to spray the herbicide AquaMaster (key ingredient Glyphosate) and Agri-Dex, a substance to help spread it, along 30 miles of track between Seward and Indian, Seward City News reports. The railroad has not used chemical weed control for the past 26 years due to widespread public opposition and an inability to obtain the needed permits. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit is for two years. But earlier this month six Alaska environmental groups and the Native Village of Eklutna intervened to delay DEC from activating the permit. The groups are hoping that the agency will reverse its decision altogether.

 

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Backers of a proposed $400-million Detroit River rail tunnel announced June 17 they have launched the first steps toward construction, The Windsor Star reports. CP Railway, Borealis Infrastructure and the Windsor Port Authority have joined together to work on building a new double-stack high-clearance tunnel to replace the existing rail freight tunnel constructed in 1909. --> ...

California, the top recipient of funds from President Barack Obama's high-speed rail program, expects to issue a tender for a bullet-train line linking Los Angeles and San Francisco by late 2011, BusinessWeek reported.

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June 18-20, Washington, D.C., Metro will make upgrades to the track and a bridge on the Red Line 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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CSX Transportation joined with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the National Gateway to celebrate the arrival of five new ultra-efficient intermodal cranes at the Port of Toledo, Ohio. The cranes are bound for the new Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio.

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Imagine boarding a train in Queen Creek and arriving 35 minutes later at a restaurant on Tempe's Mill Avenue, then hopping back on board for a 10-minute jaunt to Chase Stadium in downtown Phoenix, The Arizona Republic asks.

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Amtrak is using $115 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve tracks, buildings and control systems in Chicago this construction season, as part of a $1-billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to rebuild critical infrastructure.

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