Latest Rail News

Washington State has been awarded $31 million in federal money for railroad projects in the state, the Seattle Times reports. More than $18.2 million will go to seismically retrofit King Street Station in Seattle and its clock tower, as well as restore the station's main hall and other upgrades at the station. The project is a partnership with the state, Amtrak, the city of Seattle, Sound Transit and BNSF.

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As part of the Vision for the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, Governor Patrick and members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation announced more than $160 million in federal funding for rail expansion in the Commonwealth, including a $32.5-million grant to support the design phase of the Boston South Station expansion project.

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Parsons is pleased to announce that the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, the governing board of Metrolink, recently awarded Parsons a $120-million contract to design, procure, and install Positive Train Control technology on Metrolink's 512-mile regional commuter rail system.

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A $4.9-million federal grant will rehabilitate the Nebraska NorthWestern railroad line from Chadron, Neb., to Dakota Junction and the tracks in the Chadron rail yard, the Chadron Record reports. That will lower shipping costs and improve market access for ag producers and increase employment and business for the region, according to Jack Nielsen, president of the railroad.It will also advance the shortline railroad's business plan by 20 years.

 

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Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) launched a new online System Map on RTD-Denver.com that shows all elements of the RTD system including bus stops, transit stations, light rail lines and stations, park-n-Rides, transfer stations, parking fee information, District boundaries, call-n-Rides and more. Users can click on the map elements to get information such as address, MyStop number, routes providing service and the next three scheduled arrival times. Users can also search for an address or intersection within the RTD District, and then see nearby bus stops, transit stations or park-n-Rides.



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Weekend track work may cause delays on the Bay Area Rapid Transit's Pittsburg/Bay Point line the weekends of October 29-31, November 5-7 and November 12-14. For the next three weekends, BART will need to run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a single track due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa Crossover Project. Single tracking trains may result in slight delays of up to 15 minutes on weekend trains going toward Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.


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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for the second and he says final time, pulled funding for a $8.7 billion rail tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan. Christie originally withdrew funding on Oct. 7 citing New Jersey's lack of money to cover cost overruns. He was reconsidering the project at ...
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a $64 million investment from Illinois Jobs Now! to build a grade separation in Bensenville, a key component of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program. The project will improve regional transportation by separating Ir ...
On the heels of blockbuster third quarter earnings reports by CSX and Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern and Canadian National on Oct. 26 reported their own impressive earnings improvements. Kansas City Southern reported doubling its third quarter net income, and reducing its operating ...
The Obama administration proposed first-ever fuel efficiency rules for trucks with the goal of reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in big rig trucks by 20 percent by 2018. In the case of transferring garbage, San Francisco could exceed Obama's standard three years soo ...
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