Latest Rail News

October 22-24, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its platforms, rail bridges and install communication cables in support of expanded cell phone service throughout the Metrorail system on the Red and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, trains will be single-tracking, and so riders should expect their trips to take up to 30 minutes longer than usual.





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Illinois  Governor Pat Quinn was joined by U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig and local officials to announce full funding for the Moline Transportation Center that will serve as a station for new Amtrak service between Chicago and the Quad Cities. The station project will create 750 construction jobs. The realization of passenger rail service in downtown Moline will support approximately 1,600 direct and indirect jobs.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, BART Board President James Fang and Board Member Carole Ward Allen joined local leaders in government, transportation and building trades to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking on the $484 million Oakland Airport Connector project. In the short term, construction of this train-to-plane connection will mean thousands of jobs in a recovering economy. In the long term, this world-class, 100-percent electric train-to-plane connection between the Coliseum Station and the Oakland Airport will provide travelers with frequent, fast and reliable service.

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Los Angeles-area Metro officials applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation announcement of a low-interest loan of $546 million for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor project, representing the largest public works investment in South Los Angeles.

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Metra might start over on its plan to rebuild 22 bridges on the Union Pacific North Line, rebidding the contract it already awarded for the work while figuring out a way to reduce the estimated $80 million cost of new retaining walls, officials said, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Northeastern Illinois  commuter rail agency is sending the controversial $185 million project to reconstruct century-old bridges back to its engineers to find a way to keep two tracks in operation, officials said.

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Strapped for cash and waiting on high-speed rail to fund railway improvements, Caltrain isn't planning another grade separation project after San Bruno's aboveground undertaking, the San Carlos Patch reports.

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Plans for light rail in Virginia Beach, Va., are moving forward, local media report. Officials from Hampton Roads Transit joined Virginia Beach City Council to update them on bringing light rail to the resort city. Right now it's looking like any light rail expansion to the beach would include about nine stations. 
It starts where Norfolk leaves off at Witchduck Rd. and then goes right now the 264 corridor, stopping at Town Center, Lynn Shores, Lynnhaven, Great Neck, Oceana, Birdneck, the Convention Center, and finally stopping down at the Oceanfront on 19th St.

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Freight trains may be ready to roll again on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, but a dispute between two public rail agencies threatens to sidetrack the cargo service, The Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat reports. North Coast Railroad Authority, which oversees freight trains, and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, which owns the tracks south of Healdsburg, can't agree on joint operating rules.

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Houston METRO will change its weekend rail service due to continued construction of an enclosed pedestrian bridge over Fannin at the Texas Children's Hospital.

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The Gary/Chicago International Airport has won a key nod from CSX Corp. that will open the way for moving railroad tracks that block the expansion of its main runway, the Northwest Indiana Times reports. CSX has agreed to do design work that would allow the reroute of tracks belonging to Canadian National Railway on to CSX's own right-of-way on the north side of Chicago Avenue, according to Gary/Chicago International Airport Interim Director Steve Landry.

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