Latest Rail News

Starting Monday, April 5, 2010, crews will begin building a concession kiosk at the concourse level of the Downtown Berkeley Station.  Construction will be limited to the fenced area of the. 


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The Metropolitan Council voted to authorize the regional administrator to award and execute a contract with the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Graham Construction Services, out of seven bidders for advanced traffic improvements in Minneapolis at a cost of $3.6 million. 

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CN said it has sold a key section of track west of Toronto Union Station to Metrolinx for C$168 million. Metrolinx is the Ontario government Crown Corporation responsible for delivering an integrated, multi-modal transportation network in the Greater Toronto Area, from York and Durham regions through Toronto, the regions of Peel and Halton and the city of Hamilton. GO Transit, the operating division of Metrolinx, provides commuter rail and bus services in the GTA.


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The Rail Safety Technology Program is a newly authorized program under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) (Pub. L.  110-432; October 16, 2008). The program authorizes the Department of Transportation to provide grants to passenger and freight rail carriers, railroad suppliers and state and local governments for projects that have a public benefit of improved railroad safety and efficiency. The program makes available $50,000,000 in Federal funds.

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Alabama-based Boatright Companiesrecently promoted Alison Potts Shirley to serve as president for Boatright Vegetation Management, LLC. Shirley will assume overall responsibility for this original Boatright company, including overseeing daily operations for company activities in more than 20 states, managing the bid process with railroads, handling all railroad contracts and serving as the leader for relationship management with railroad customers.

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The Rio Metro Regional Transit District has selected Santa Fe-based solar company Positive Energy for the development of photovoltaic energy systems at two more Rail Runner train stations.

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Installation of track for Norfolk's $338 million starter light-rail line is running 35 to 40 days ahead of its revised schedule, the City Council was told March 30, The Virginian-Pilot
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The provincial government of Ontario has announced plans to develop the James Bay Lowlands in the north of the province, Minerals and Metals magazine reports. More than 20 mining companies are hoping to cash in on an area believed to contain high-grade deposits of nickel, copper, zinc, gold, chromite and palladium.

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Workers are distributing 90,000 railroad ties beside CN's track between Prince Rupert and Smithers, B.C., in preparation for an extensive spring/summer replacement work project, the Terrace Standard reports. A bright yellow tie carrier, complete with a grappling arm to unload the ties, is now making its way on the tracks east from Prince Rupert.

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Beginning the early part of April, Earthquake Safety Program construction crews will start working inside BART's West Oakland, Calif., Station to strengthen it against earthquakes. Crews will erect scaffolding and enclosures around work areas, which may obstruct your path through the concourse area as you head to the platform or fare gates.

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