Latest Rail News

Water may not be to blame for the settling of light-rail tracks at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Second Street, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Don Lint, Hampton Roads Transit light-rail construction manager, said that once the tracks and the panels they are bolted to are removed next week, the agency will have a better idea of what went wrong.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Rail Division has applied for federal planning funds that would allow for the expansion of intercity passenger rail service to the western and southeastern parts of the state.

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Target Field already is the capital of Minnesota baseball. Now it may spawn Minneapolis' answer to Grand Central Station, the Star Tribune reports.

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The Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority is exploring ways to provide commuters with an alternative to the 405 freeway by extending the South Bay Metro Green Line. One option is into North Redondo Beach, to many residents' dismay, the Beach Reporter reports.

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Cindy Hammett plans to retire this summer and spend more time at home taking care of her two young grandchildren. She hopes she doesn't have to spend that time listening to train horns sounding near her house. Hammett doesn't like the horns blowing day and night, NewsOK reports.

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There will be no train service between the East Falls Church, Va., and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 29, 30 and 31), and the first two weekends in June (June 5-6 and 12-13) to allow the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project to undertake the first in a series of major construction activities that eventually will connect the new rail line to the existing Metrorail system. 



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On Sunday, May 30, crews will replace crossties and resurface the tracks between the Bayshore and San Mateo stations. From Tuesday, June 1, to Thursday, June 3, crews will resurface the tracks between the Menlo Park and Mountain View stations

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John Haussmann, P.E., has joined HDR as a vice president and principal project manager based in the company's Walnut Creek, Calif. office. He will focus on major transit projects in California and throughout the western United States. Prior to joining HDR, Haussmann was the regional transit manager for PBS&J's west and central regions. From 1997 to 2008 he served first as chief operating officer and then CEO/president of T.Y. Lin International.

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Graham Construction Services, Inc., is working on several transit projects that will transform Minnesota's commuter landscape. These include Graham's activities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) Advanced Traffic Improvements project and on the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project. In addition, the company has completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line extension to Target Field.

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As part of an ongoing agency-wide financial review, members of the DART Board of Directors will consider modifications in levels of transit service beginning with fiscal year 2012. Potential changes will also be accompanied with a reduction in staffing throughout the organization.

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