Latest Rail News

CSX Corporation said that, for the second year in a row, the company is ranked highest among all Class 1 freight railroads in Newsweek's 2010 Green Ranking of the 500 largest U.S. companies. The company is ranked 10th among all transport and aerospace companies and 215 overall.

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A fast-growing Northern Indiana steelmaker has begun making railroad beams three times longer than normal, the Indianapolis Star reports. The longer rails require fewer welds at installation and foster quicker safety inspections, both in an effort to cut expenses and increase railroad durability for the nation's train industry.

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Work will continue this week on the new pedestrian underpass at the Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station.

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King County and Alliance Wasatch I, LLC, a joint venture between Alliance Property Group Inc. and Wasatch Advantage Group, LLC ("Alliance"), are joining Sound Transit, the City of Burien, Wash., and Pankow Builders to host a groundbreaking Oct. 23 for the park-and-ride expansion project at the Burien Transit Center. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Burien park-and-ride lot, will kick off construction of a multi-level, 462-stall garage and an adjoining 43-space surface lot that will add 164 spaces to the transit center's parking capacity. King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Board member Jan Drago, U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, and Alliance representatives will be among those speaking at the event.

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Major construction progress is being made to build the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which will serve 250,000 people daily, including preparations to install massive Santiago Calatrava-designed arches to form the roof of the Hub's mezzanine level and the floor for the 9/11 Memorial.

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The MTA Long Island Rail Road is advising its customers October 23-24, and November 6-7, there will be extremely limited LIRR service, especially between Jamaica Station and Penn Station, as the LIRR cuts over to a modern signal and switching control system at Jamaica. During these weekends, the LIRR recommends customers use the LIRR for essential business travel only

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Shipyard workers paused to wave at the passengers aboard a Norfolk Southern passenger train as it made a slow start through the backyards of Chesapeake homes and over the waters surrounding the Norfolk, Va., Naval Shipyard, the Suffolk News Herald reports. The grey and blue piles of freight soon turned to a blur of green and red - the colors of summer turning to fall - as the train picked up speed through the Great Dismal Swamp and continued over Lake Cohoon and through miles of cotton and soybean fields.

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October 22-24, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its platforms, rail bridges and install communication cables in support of expanded cell phone service throughout the Metrorail system on the Red and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, trains will be single-tracking, and so riders should expect their trips to take up to 30 minutes longer than usual.





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Illinois  Governor Pat Quinn was joined by U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and local officials to announce full funding for the Moline Transportation Center that will serve as a station for new Amtrak service between Chicago and the Quad Cities. The station project will create 750 construction jobs. The realization of passenger rail service in downtown Moline will support approximately 1,600 direct and indirect jobs.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, BART Board President James Fang and Board Member Carole Ward Allen joined local leaders in government, transportation and building trades to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking on the $484 million Oakland Airport Connector project. In the short term, construction of this train-to-plane connection will mean thousands of jobs in a recovering economy. In the long term, this world-class, 100-percent electric train-to-plane connection between the Coliseum Station and the Oakland Airport will provide travelers with frequent, fast and reliable service.

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