Latest Rail News

Frankfort and Mokena, Ill., could become quiet zones for passing trains, but it's likely to take months before residents get relief from the locomotives' blaring horns, The Herald News reports. The Federal Railroad Administration agreed in a letter to allow the villages to go ahead with plans to make the necessary railroad crossing safety upgrades needed before trains on the Canadian National Railway line can be prohibited from sounding their horns. The upgrades may take until next spring to complete, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland said.

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Building on a policy shift announced earlier this year by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Federal Transit Administration today asked for public comment on how to change the way major transit project proposals seeking federal funding are rated and evaluated.

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Infrastructure Ontario has released a request for qualifications to pre-qualify and shortlist project teams to design, build, finance and maintain a new maintenance and storage facility for new light rail vehicles that will operate on the Sheppard East Light Rail Transit and Scarborough LRT projects. The maintenance and storage facility will be constructed on the corner of Sheppard Avenue and Conlins Road in Scarborough.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York Power Authority unveiled an advanced rooftop-mounted solar thermal array that heats hot water used to wash subway cars at New York City Transit's Coney Island Overhaul Shop and Maintenance Facility. By lessening New York City Transit's need for electricity, the array will lower the agency's power bill by $94,000 and avoid 86 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

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Having obtained the required permits and made the appropriate notifications, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company said that it would begin staging equipment for the demolition of its former locomotive maintenance facility at 1700 Stilwell in Pittsburg, Kan., next week. The entire demolition process is anticipated to take approximately three months.

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The list of potential routes for California's planned high-speed rail system in the San Joaquin Valley grew slightly smaller June 3, the Fresno Bee reports. Meeting in Sacramento, the state High Speed Rail Authority board approved further study on three routes through Fresno. All of them adjoin the Union Pacific and all include elevated tracks up to 60 feet high.

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Fort Carson hopes to get military equipment that soldiers need shipped overseas faster, local media report. The Mountain Post wants to add a train track to an already existing track. The new track would start at the Fort Carson rail yard and continue about a half-mile off post.

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Any prospect of bringing rail service back to Owen Sound, Ont., is still getting back on track well down the line, the Owen Sound Sun Times reports. While a north-south line linking Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario "remains the company's vision," progress by the Highland Companies toward that goal has been sidelined by processes sometimes beyond its control, Michael Daniher, the company's spokesman, said in an interview.

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On Sunday, June 6, 2010, BART construction crews will need to shut down one of the tracks at Balboa Park Station, which may result in delays of up to 10 minutes in both directions. In addition, customers heading east and getting off at any station on the Dublin/Pleasanton line will need to transfer at 24th Street/Mission Station because trains going to and from Dublin/Pleasanton will operate only as far as 24th Street/Mission Street Station on that day. 

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On Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, there will be a two-day closure of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel for engineering work. Sound Transit will be providing a free bus bridge between Westlake Station and the SODO Station for light rail passengers during the tunnel closure. All Metro tunnel bus routes will use surface streets that weekend.


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