Latest Rail News

(The following editorial, "It's payback time for high-speed rail in San Jose," appeared in the San Jose, Calif., Mercury News Sept. 20, 2010.) A bill is coming due for the California High-Speed Rail Authority -- separate from the $43 billion price tag for the bullet trains that, if all goes as planned, will zoom between San Diego and San Francisco. This bill is payable to San Jose.

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The weekend of Sept. 18-19, MTA NYC Transit will begin a $47-million project to rehabilitate Inwood's historic Dyckman Street station and conduct stair and platform improvement work on five No. 1 Line elevated stations from 207th to 242nd Street in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

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The NEW METRO's Board of Directors in Houston, Texas, named George Greanias, president & CEO of the agency. Greanias, a former Houston City councilman and city controller, has served as METRO's acting president & CEO since May 2010.

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The BART Board of Directors voted 7-1 to reaffirm its decision to authorize General Manager Dorothy Dugger to enter into a contract with the two firms the Board selected in December 2009 to design, operate and maintain the much anticipated Oakland, Calif., Airport Connector. The vote is likely the final action the Board of Directors will need to take before the agency breaks ground on the historic project, which promises in the short-term to create thousands of jobs. While in the long run, provides a world-class transit connection between the Oakland Airport and BART's Coliseum Station for millions of customers for decades to come.

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Amtrak is working on its railroad, spending tens of millions of dollars replacing thousands of the concrete ties that hold up its tracks because the ties are failing, the Providence, R.I., Journal reports.

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Colo Railroad Builders was awarded the contract to build a railroad track expansion project for South Dakota Wheat Growers in Roscoe, S.D.


 

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ENSCO, Inc., has received a patent for its Video Inspection System for Rail Components from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers the company's innovative machine vision system and methods for inspection of rail components such as turnouts, fastenings and joint bars using advanced fully automated machine vision techniques.


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Sound Transit on Sept. 21 will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Sounder commuter rail service, which has grown in ridership from 102,552 in its first year of operation to an estimated 2.8 million by the end of this year.

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Work on the EJ&E railway bridge over Interstate 88 in northeastern Illinois, which starts Sept. 17, will result in a temporary shifting of lanes on the tollway, the Geneva, Ill., Sun reports.

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Air quality watchdogs in Southern California can't impose limits on emissions from idling trains because they could interfere with interstate commerce that the federal government regulates, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 15, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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