Latest Rail News

Excavators are eating into a slope above BNSF's main line in the Fruit Valley neighborhood, the Columbian reports. The work is to prepare the site for a 3.2-mile-long set of bypass tracks designed to help ease a railroad chokepoint in Vancouver, Wash. The new line will run along the east side of the BNSF main line from downtown Vancouver all the way to the Fruit Valley Road overpass.

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More than a century ago, gangs of burly men would lay railroad ties at a snail's pace, driving them in with sledgehammers, the Lansing, Mich., State Journal reports. Today, the work proceeds more quickly with large hydraulic machines, but still not fast enough to avoid causing headaches for motorists facing traffic backups and detours.

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In 1985, a young and energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing a new treatment on railroad crossties, the Starkville, Miss., Daily News reports. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.

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Kansas City Southern reported that its Mexican subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) has worked throughout the weekend on the Anahuac Bridge and re-opened the bridge at 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. KCSM began running trains on the re-opened line immediately.

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Local residents and hotel guests will sleep sounder now that routine horn blowing by trains passing through downtown St. Joseph is diminished due to a joint project between the city, the Missouri Department of Transportation and BNSF, local media report.

 Work is now complete on safety improvements at several rail crossings that make the city of St. Joseph eligible for a federal quiet zone designation.

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Metro officials in the Washington, D.C., area, worked throughout the night to mitigate the impact of Sunday's thunderstorms to Metrorail service Monday, July 26. Sunday's storms knocked out power to much of the region, including rail stations and rail yards. However the effect of the storm on Monday's rail service was expected to be minimal.

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At 5 a.m. on Monday, July 26, Miami-Dade Transit resumed regular service on the entire Metromover system, including the Brickell segment of Metromover's Outer Loop. The Inner Loop and Omni segment of the Outer Loop were reopened on Friday, July 23, 2010.

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From Sunday, July 25, to Thursday, July 29, crews are continuing a project that will improve rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale. Crews will grade and trench the site and install foundations for the improvements. They also will make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.


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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced more than $500 million for critical mass transit infrastructure improvements throughout Illinois. The funding, provided through the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, will create and retain an estimated 18,000 jobs and improve traveler safety.

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The Sound Transit Board completed work defining a preferred alternative for the East Link light rail project by selecting specific configuration options for a future route on 112th Avenue South in Bellevue, Wash.

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