Latest Rail News

Elburn, Ill., Planning Commissioners revisited a past proposal to construct a pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks between the Metra station and the north side of the village, local newspapers report. They hope the village can pursue the project in the future to reduce risks for people walking across the railway to and from the station and their homes or downtown Elburn.

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The architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has signed a contract with the Moynihan Station Development Corporation to start design work on the first phase of the new Moynihan Station in New York City, the New York Times reports. The project, which was proposed by and later named for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, calls for converting the Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Post Office - across Eighth Avenue from Pennsylvania Station - into a train station.

 

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The Board of Trustees of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is scheduled to meet at March 23.

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The air smelled of fresh paint, not beer and food, March 18 inside Byrnes Irish Pub, Maine Today reports. Good reason. The business had hustled to have a grand opening March 17, just in time to be mobbed on St. Patrick's Day. Maine Street Station is a new mixed-use development in Brunswick that will include retail space, offices, a train station and perhaps a Concord bus operation. Patrick Byrnes is hopeful that the turnout is a sign of things to come. His family chose to expand here, from Bath, to take advantage of the planned arrival of Amtrak's Downeaster train service in 2012.

 

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U.S. District Court Judge John Kane on March 18 has denied a request by the Colorado Rail Passenger Association to stop construction at Denver Union Station related to the FasTracks regional rail-transit project, the Denver Business Journal reported. Construction on the project has begun, with the contractor, Kiewit Construction, slated to begin digging an underground bus station at Union Station this week.

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After more than 11 years, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said that he will be leaving the Portland, Ore., agency at the end of his contract to pursue other opportunities. He released the following statement regarding his announcement: "After 11.5 years at TriMet, I have decided to pursue other opportunities. And although the Board of Directors for whom I work hoped I would stay longer, I have informed them that I will leave at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2010.

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Workers were back at the Hump to clean up the recent trimming job that left vegetation looking "ragged," Peace Arch News in British Columbia reports. Phase 2 of trimming started March 1 - a year and a half after protests temporarily halted the first phase - upon requests from Hump residents.

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The biggest empty chunk of downtown Chicago is for sale, ready for somebody to take a chance on a future cycle of real estate growth, David Roeder wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times. Buyers should bring cash, great credit and patience.

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Employees with a sub-contractor for Norfolk Southern are making railroad track crossing improvements in Sandersville, Miss., the Laurel Leader Call reports. 
Workers with Tubbys Construction Company of Lancing, Tenn., worked at the two railroad crossings in Sandersville March 18 in an effort to make travel over those crossings smoother.


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The Chlorine Institute has called on the Federal Railroad Administration to reexamine its rule on the cost and benefits of implementing positive train control systems. The Chlorine Institute claims that the FRA analysis of the benefits of PTC was flawed and that positive train control systems result in business benefits to the railroads. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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