Latest Rail News

On Nov. 19-20, North County transit District crews will replace railroad ties along the COASTER track in the Del Mar, Calif., area. After the new ties are placed, train traffic will slow for 24 hours to allow the track to settle and stabilize. A few days later, a large truck will travel by rail to carry away the old ties.

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Rail reconstruction, made possible by $4 million in stimulus funds, has started on the BNSF line extending from downtown north Shawnee, Okla., to the industrial park, the Shawnee News Star
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The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad doesn't need to wait until 2030 to experience the increasing freight demand that industry pundits are forecasting, the Janesville, Wis., Gazette reports. The Milwaukee-based railroad already is running more traffic on several of its lines and is expecting a 35-percent increase in the tonnage it hauls on its Janesville to Monroe line by 2013.

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A federal judge heard arguments in a contentious railway rights case concerning access to a paper mill in Madawaska, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock took the case under advisement. At issue was a request by Canadian National Railway Co. for a preliminary injunction allowing it access to the Twin Rivers Paper Co. on tracks owned by the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway while the case progresses in court.

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BART riders are noticing new and improved signs in downtown San Francisco stations, part of an ongoing program throughout the BART system for wayfinding and signage improvements.

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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is continuing its light-rail maintenance program on the Blue/Green line with its final weekend closure starting November 19. At the same time, the Red Line will be closed East of Tower City. Replacement buses will pick up and drop off riders at every station on all of the closed train lines during the weekend.

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Rosanne Foust, Chair, San Mateo County Transportation Authority; Omar Ahmad, Caltrain Board; Jim Ruane, Mayor, City of San Bruno; and Ken Ibarra, Councilman, City of San Bruno are among the officials scheduled to attend a Nov. 18 celebration to kick-off the construction of the San Bruno, Calif., Grade Separation Project. The project will elevate the Caltrain tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues, replace the existing station at Sylvan Avenue; create three new pedestrian underpasses; and add 201 parking spaces and a "kiss and ride" lot at the station.

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On November 16, Metra in northeastern Illinois began testing the air quality onboard some passenger cars and at downtown terminals. Recent questions were raised about the level of diesel emissions on downtown platforms and trains. While Metra trains are in full compliance with all Environmental Protection Agency standards, additional testing conducted on a system-wide basis will provide a more detailed picture of total air quality.


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William Murphy, P.E., has been hired by Urban Engineers and named manager of the firm's New England Regional Office in Hartford, Conn. Murphy, who has 30 years of experience, is a registered professional engineer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College.

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Levelland, Texas, city and economic development officials got engines on track for an $8.6-million industrial rail park in the 12,866-population town just 30 miles west of Lubbock, Texas.

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