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Riders on the Long Island Rail Road will find out Monday if they indeed have access to normal weekday service levels, following a fire last week affecting an antiquatedswitching machine near Jamaica Station in Queens, N.Y., that hampered service on 10 of the LIRR's 11 routes.

LIRR had been running three-quarters of its usual morning service since last Monday, when a pair of track cables short-circuited near Hall Tower, setting fire to a 1920s-era lever-and-pulley machine that controlled track switches at Jamaica Station. The railroad ran about two-thirds of its normal afternoon service while repairs took place.

The switching machine is scheduled to be replaced with a modern computerized system by late October. Transit officials said they believed the equipment upgrades would go on as scheduled, although the $56 million project is already behind schedule and over budget. Service disruptions are likely to occur again on the weekends when the railroad carries out the upgrade.

As for Monday, “we’re anticipating a normal rush hour, a.m. and p.m.,” said LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone.

In a statement, LIRR President Helena Williams said, “I appreciate the challenges our customers faced during the past week and I thank them for their patience during what has been a difficult time.

“I would alsolike to thank the hundreds of railroad employees who worked around the clock to put the damaged signal and switch system back together while keeping service going and assisting our customers throughout the week. Once again, they demonstrated their dedication and commitment to our customers,” Williams said.

 

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Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor Clearance Improvement Project has been awarded the 2010 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence. The $190 million project, which improves capacity, clearances, and travel times for freight rail traffic between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., was named during the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla.

This is the 12th year the award was presented.

Norfolk Southern Friday began running test trains on its upgraded Heartland Corridor between Chicago and Norfolk, Va., with hopes of beginning scheduled service on the improved route September 9.

 

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On August 26, Denver's RTD broke ground on the $1-billion East Corridor commuter rail line, the largest single rail project in the voter-approved FasTracks program. The groundbreaking ceremon ...

The Seattle-area Sound Transit Board of Directors authorized the award of the construction contract for the Sounder D-to-M Streets Track and Signal project to low-bidder MidMountain Contractors, Inc. The project will build a new commuter rail line from East D to South M Streets in Tacoma.

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"Thinking Ahead: High-Speed Rail in Southern California," a new report released August 27 by the Center for Urban Infrastructure, showcases the benefits of a fast, convenient, and efficient intercity high-speed rail system on southern California's economy.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road continues to advise customers to expect significant schedule changes and delays during Friday's morning and evening rush hours August 27 as repair work and testing continues as a result of damage to a major switching tower at Jamaica Station caused by a cable fire on the morning of August 23.

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Railroad officials have imposed slower speeds on Amtrak trains traveling through portions of western Kansas because of deteriorating track conditions, The Hutchinson News reports. The slowdown, which could become permanent, has added about 45 minutes to the run from La Junta, Colo., to Hutchinson, Kan. Without a significant influx of spending on the line, the miles of slowdown are expected to increase with time.

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Nomad Digital Limited, a provider of train-to-shore data connectivity solutions, is to support Alstom's contract with Angel & Southeastern in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with Nexala, to supply a remote condition based monitoring system, on Southeastern's Networkers. The contract has been awarded for the design, supply and installation of the system for the Alstom Class 465/2, 465/9 and Class 466 fleets, totalling 93 units.

 

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To start an upgrade to the Woodhill station in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood, and to continue work on the new East 55th Station, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will temporarily replace trains with buses along the entire Blue and Green lines this weekend. --> ...

Last week's flooding at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., caused as much as $175,000 in damage to pumps and other electrical equipment in the lower level of the polar exhibit, zoo officials say, according to the Duluth News-Tribune. A culvert that was under repair got blocked under a BNSF bridge downstream from the zoo, and water backed up Kingsbury Creek during a heavy rain Aug. 18.

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