Latest Rail News

The latest step in BART's efforts to improve facilities for bicyclists is a set of spiffy double-deck racks that can hold 64 bikes inside the 19th St./Oakland, Calif., Station. Previously, the only option for bicyclists who wanted to store bikes near the station were the city-owned racks located outside on the street level, which were often filled beyond capacity.

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Fifteen years of service and 30 million riders later, Vancouver's West Coast Express commuter rail line had reason to celebrate. Doug Kelsey, TransLink's executive vice-president and president of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, Ltd., and Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton joined hundreds of daily commuters at the Waterfront Station to commemorate the anniversary.

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BNSF is suing Kootenai County, Idaho, over new regulations proposed for the railroad's Hauser diesel refueling depot, the Spokesman-Review reports.

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When the Link light rail system first began running in July 2009, Rainier Valley and Tukwilla residents in south Seattle were upset with the noise.

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Federal Signal Corporation named Dennis J. Martin president and chief executive officer, following the resignation of William H. Osborne. Martin, 60, has served on Federal Signal's Board of Directors since 2008.

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BNSF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Rose today announced the promotion of Carl Ice to the newly-created position of president and chief operating officer of BNSF Railway Company, with responsibility for operations, marketing and technology services.

 

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Beginning November 3 and continuing as long as the weather permits, the MBTA contractor, J.F. White, will be performing necessary track work to replace the deteriorating concrete ties between Plymouth Station and the Rte. 3 Overhead Bridge in Kingston, Mass. During this time Plymouth Station will be closed. Train service will be provided to and from Kingston Station only.

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Just days before an election that could decide the fate of a planned high-speed rail line, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal to commit the state to spending all $810 million of the federal stimulus cash allocated to the Milwaukee-to-Madison route, transportation officials confirmed Nov. 1, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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With support from Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad, officials in Ontonagon, Mich., are moving forward with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region working to preserve the railroad located in Ontonagon, the Daily Mining Gazette reports.

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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform. Passengers are asked to observe all posted signs and follow direction from identified ambassadors in the station. The temporary platform will be in use for approximately six months.

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