Latest Rail News

On March 22, Capital Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in Central Texas.

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Governor Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan appointed Richard A. Davey as MassDOT's new Rail and Transit Administrator.

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A slew of west Vancouver, Wash., railroad construction projects appear to be on the fast-track to begin construction this spring, The Columbian reports.

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Before the excavation of the Capitol Hill Station of the University Link light rail project can begin, there is a great deal of work needed to prepare the site. To prevent the sides of the excavation from collapsing once excavation begins, the contractor will use walls made of soldier piles and lagging. Steel beams are dug into the ground, and wooden or steel planks are placed between the beams to hold the earth in place.

 

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The plan to relocate a rail switching yard in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., got a $40-million boost five years ago, but the project hasn't even begun, the Argus Leader reports. Though the project was scheduled to be completed 2009, the city still is working its way through an environmental review that could take the rest of this year.

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Amtrak said it is reorganizing and establishing a new department to pursue opportunities to develop new intercity high-speed rail service in select corridors around the country and to plan for major improvements on the Northeast Corridor, including determining the feasibility of increasing top speeds up to 220 mph.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad's new April 11 timetable will make temporary, minor schedule changes on all three lines to allow for track maintenance projects. On the Upper Hudson Line, schedule adjustments will allow for installation of concrete ties until June 2010. Poughkeepsie, New Hamburg and Beacon customers in all time periods will be affected by schedule changes requiring trains to depart earlier or later, and in some cases, to travel up to seven minutes slower or 10 minutes faster.

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Washington, D.C.'s Metro has a 15 mph speed restriction in place on the Red Line between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations due to track work that is taking place during the overnight hours to change out rail and rail fasteners. 

The speed restrictions were installed late the week of March 15 after an assessment identified the immediate need to replace running rail and fasteners on both tracks between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations.

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L.B. Foster Company and Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that they have each received a formal second request for additional information and documentary material from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice regarding the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated February 16, 2010 pursuant to which L.B. Foster proposed to acquire Portec through a tender offer and subsequent merger.

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The Winter Haven, Fla., City Commission approved the first reading for a land-use change enabling progress to continue on the proposed Integrated Logistics Center to be developed in conjunction with the CSX Intermodal Terminal planned for the southern portion of the city, the News Chief reports.

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