Latest Rail News

As Fresno's population grows, so does its traffic congestion, especially in bustling areas such as downtown, the Fresno Business Journal reports. For many, it is apparent that a streetcar system, reminiscent of the one Fresno residents used up until the late 1930s, will be the key to curbing the flow of traffic in the future while bringing visitors and economic stimulation to the city's core.

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Joliet's new CenterPoint Intermodal opened the week of August 2, a milestone for a project that will make Will County, Ill., a major port for consumer goods coming in and out of the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Beneath a 115-year-old SEPTA bridge, Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell on August 3 renewed his call for more money to fix roads and bridges, kicking off a four-day statewide tour to try to prod the General Assembly to action, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Rendell also sent a letter to legislators day, asking them to reconvene in Harrisburg on Aug. 23 to come up with at least $472 million more for transportation.

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The best and safest way for fast-speed rail service to roll into downtown Raleigh is to hop onto tracks being used by Norfolk Southern, both a citizen advisory task force and city staff told Raleigh's City Council, the News Observer reports.

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Following a productive meeting late the week of July 26, Amtrak and the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) said that issues surrounding the renovation of the Lancaster Station have been resolved and the project is moving forward as planned. As a result of the meeting, it was determined that no additional funds beyond Amtrak's estimate of $1.7 million provided to the LCPC in 2008 will be needed for Amtrak's construction support.

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A Website for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) in the Chicago area has been launched that provides study information and links to environmental documents, newsletters, project schedule and upcoming public events.


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Santa Cruz County, Calif., residents who have been following the local attempt to buy a 32-mile railroad branch may have a sense of déjà vu, The Post reports. The Regional Transportation Commission is expected to vote again on issues surrounding a state grant of $10.2 million on Aug. 5. For some commissioners and members of the public, the required votes are just a formality, confirming actions already taken this spring.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad and the New York Transit Museum are looking for objects related to Grand Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating the centennial of this landmark building.

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The railroad spawned a string of towns north of Raleigh, N.C., in the 19th century, and now it threatens to cut them in half, the News Observer reports. Many residents worry that Youngsville, Franklinton, Henderson and Norlina will see little benefit from a plan to run passenger trains between Raleigh and Richmond, Va., at speeds up to 110 mph. The $2.3-billion project is part of a planned high-speed rail corridor that would cut nearly two hours from train trips between North Carolina and the Northeast.

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In order to replace a stairway, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is temporarily closing the West 25th Red Line Rail station. The one-week project is scheduled to close the station from August 11 through August 18. The Red Line will continue to travel through this location, but passengers will not be able to enter or exit through this station during the stairway construction project.

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