Latest Rail News
The Toronto Transit Commission has awarded three major contracts to HDR/iTRANS for the following services:

 

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The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will launch its first-ever Bicycle Locker Program at Tri-Rail's West Palm Beach Station, beginning on June 14. There are 18 perforated-sheet, steel lockers that will be available, designed to accommodate two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door entries on either end (providing 36 individual spaces available for use).

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The MBTA board has approved a deal that allows the state to purchase a section of railroad track to expand commuter rail service from Worcester to Boston through Ayer, but passengers won't be able to travel that route any time soon, the Telegram and Gazette reports.

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The  Adams County, Miss., Board of Supervisors wants the Miss-Lou, including Jefferson and Franklin counties, to exert as much effort as possible to save the rail line that comes from Brookhaven into the Natchez port, the Natchez Democrat reports. Board President Darryl Grennell said the supervisors will take the lead in setting up meetings with the area's federal congressional representatives to see what can be done on the federal level, and he wants representatives from the other local entities to participate.

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Officials from Union Pacific Railroad, the City of Harlingen, Texas, and Cameron County plan to reduce blocked crossings by streamlining railroad operations at the Union Pacific rail yard in downtown Harlingen.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has given approval for the removal and replacement of a bridge over the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks at Morgan Street in Rockford. The existing bridge was constructed in 1916 and carries Morgan Street over the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks. The structure was reconstructed in 1956, but a bridge condition report issued in 2000 recommended total replacement.  Included in the proposal submitted to the Commission by the City of Rockford were plans to consolidate the Illinois Railway tracks with the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad line near the bridge project in order to improve safety and reduce costs to the railroads. The rail consolidation plan will also allow for the retirement of the Illinois Railway Bridge across the Rock River upstream from the Morgan Street Bridge.

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The governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto officially kicked off the start of construction to revitalize Union Station and strengthen its position as Canada's premier inter-regional and intermodal transportation hub.   ...

Business owners will soon be able to submit proposals for more than $50 million of capital project work to be completed by St Louis-area Metro over the next several years. The majority of the funding for these projects is being made available to Metro through the Federal Transit Administration from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Ara Najarian, Board chairman, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said: "Los Angeles County received a double dose of good news June 4 from Washington, which I find very encouraging. Senator Barbara Boxer said that the Obama Administration is accelerating consideration of the subway extension project to Westwood by having the Federal Transit Administration weigh our bid for federal funding for the entire nine-mile segment rather than break it up in three phases. That's significant because it means when federal funding is secured we can build the entire project at once, which would greatly accelerate the completion schedule and help reduce costs because we beat inflation.

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Amtrak expects to award a contract next month to knock down two former stations north of the current rail station in Rensselaer, N.Y., the Albany Times-Union reported.

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