Latest Rail News

The Worcester, Mass., City Council has overwhelmingly approved in concept CSX Transportation's plan to expand its freight yard between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets and make the city its new rail freight hub for New England, the Telegram & Gazette reports. But the project is anything but finalized; in fact, final city action on it may not take place for at least another couple of months.

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Starting early July 2010, construction crews will start earthquake-strengthening work inside BART's West Oakland Station. Crews will construct scaffolding and enclosures around work areas and at times will need to temporarily change pedestrian access inside the station. This means it may take customers longer to make their way through the station and around the work areas.

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On July 7, 2010, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will begin to improve eight Caltrain crossings located in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto, Calif. The improvements will make crossings safer for pedestrians, bicycles and automobiles and will include the following safety features: modified railroad crossing gates, newly-installed guardrails, fences, pedestrian and emergency swing gates, sidewalks, crossing panels and warning tactile panels to assist the visually impaired.

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The Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Project was presented with the 2010 Outstanding Project of the Year Award by the Underground Construction Association of Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the North American Tunneling Conference held June 20 in Portland, Ore.

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Timothy Reynolds has been named a Senior Principal Technical Specialist in the Cincinnati office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Reynolds will be responsible for rail and transit services and operations planning and will support environmental analysis and multimodal planning. He is currently serving in key roles on the Cincinnati streetcar and Ohio 3-C Corridor Passenger Rail Plan projects.

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BNSF has invested some time and money on the Fairview Avenue crossing in Downers Grove, Ill.,, but some residents claim there has not been an improvement, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration's transit safety bill, the first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration, by a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.

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Drakontas LLC, a company that develops situation awareness and wireless communications tools for first responders, law enforcement and homeland defense, formally demonstrated its prototype wireless emergency messaging solution for transit passengers in subway tunnels on June 29. The 30-minute demonstration showcased the messaging platform capability inside a passenger train at PATCO's 8th and Market Station in Center City Philadelphia.

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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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