Latest Rail News

Even with its bridge over the Elkhorn River washed out by floodwaters two weeks ago, Nebraska Central Railroad trains south of the river are running almost as usual, reports the Grand Island Independent. Even around Norfolk -- just north of the ruined bridge -- trains are running. But the railroad can't get goods from places south of the bridge, such as Grand Island, to Norfolk.

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Canadian Pacific said that the section of the CP main line east of Medicine Hat, Alta., that has been closed since June 18 is now open to traffic. This follows the reopening of the southern line between Lethbridge, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

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The temporary nighttime lane closures of all eastbound and westbound lanes on NW 25 Street between NW 39 Avenue and NW 37 Avenue, originally scheduled to take place from June 16-July 1, have been rescheduled to take place starting July 12 through July 26. As part of the Miami-Dade Transit's Metrorail AirportLink Project, the above closures will be implemented in order to conduct activities necessary for the construction of the new Metrorail extension. All lanes will be closed at 9 p.m. each night and will reopen at 5 a.m. the following morning. Detour signs will be posted directing motorists to the below alternate routes.


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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced the appointment of Rick Inclima, director of safety for the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, to a two-year term on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS).

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The new and improved Downtown Berkeley bike station opens July 13, with a ribbon-cutting celebration at 11:00 a.m. plus other events and prizes throughout the day.

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The Obama Administration took the next step toward realizing its vision for high-speed rail in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration will begin accepting applications for $2.1 billion in grants to continue the development of high-speed intercity passenger rail corridors.

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Kansas City Southern said that the KCS board of directors elected Michael R. Haverty, currently chairman and chief executive officer, to the position of executive chairman and elected current president and chief operating officer, David L. Starling, to president and chief executive officer, both effective August 1, 2010. Haverty will continue to concentrate on the strategic direction of the company and oversee long-term business decisions.

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Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has met the requirements of the Association of American Railroads' Quality Assurance Program as specified in M-1003.

 

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Aconex, a provider of project collaboration solutions for the construction, infrastructure, energy and resources industries, has been selected by the Regional Transportation District Denver to provide its online collaboration solution to RTD's $6-billion dollar FasTracks transit expansion program. Aconex will be used to facilitate the information and records management needs for design, construction, testing and start-up of the public infrastructure project.

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During the recession in the early 2000s, U.S. freight railroads slashed spending and services. When business revived, they were roundly criticized for bottlenecks and delays, The Wall Street Journal reports. This time around, the railroads have continued to spend heavily, plowing more than $20 billion into capital improvements to widen tracks and tunnels, upgrade cars and engines and enhance their technology.

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