Latest Rail News

What do you get for 30 million bucks? To start, Huron Central Railway has "probably" agreed to operate its line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury until the end of its lease with CP Rail in 2017, "possibly" longer, said Tony Martin, the Sault's MP, Sault This Week reports.

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New York Governor David A. Paterson announced approval of more than $42 million in funding for 34 rail and port capital improvement projects in New York State. Grants from the Renew and Rebuild New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 and the Governor's Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program will fund these infrastructure investments and security improvements, bringing with them economic development and job creation and retention opportunities across the State.

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A Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service could be successfully developed in the Northeast with trains operating up to 220 mph on a new two-track corridor resulting in a trip time of about three hours between Washington and Boston, cutting in half or better the current schedules, according to a concept plan released by Amtrak.

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When it comes to the planned multibillion-dollar commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't doing much to build bridges, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg says, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The longtime Democratic senator said the Republican governor has refused to let NJ Transit engineers and professional staff meet with federal transportation officials to break a 30-day construction delay that threatens to scuttle America's largest public works project.

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(The following commentary appeared in The Virginian-Pilot
 September 26, 2010.) The Tide's financial mismanagement will cost Norfolk's citizens millions of dollars more than originally planned. That's hardly news.

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Michigan Tech is working on what it believes is a first-ever collaborative study between the U.S. and the European Union to improve railway education.

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Suffolk, Va., City Council members viewed a proposal to create a combined Amtrak and Hampton Roads Transit station in downtown Suffolk, near the Saratoga neighborhood, the Suffolk News Herald reports. City leaders pinpointed the former site of the Golden Peanut Company, in between Saratoga and Wellons streets, as a suitable location for a train and bus transportation hub. The site still includes the company's abandoned buildings, which feature broken windows, graffiti and at least one tree growing on the roof.

 

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Michel Labrecque, chairman of Montreal's STM Board of directors, said the agency signed the Sustainable Development Charter of Union internationale des transports publics (UITP) in Brussels.

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West Lake Street in Ft. Collins, Colo., will be closed to all traffic at the BNSF railroad tracks west of College Avenue for track repairs and improvements, the Coloradoan reports. The work is scheduled to begin Sept. 28 and continue through Oct. 5, weather permitting. A detour route will be provided to direct through traffic to use College Avenue and Centre Avenue.

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Even in a time of belt-tightening and dreams deferred, a long-sought CTA project is in the works, offering the promise of improved transportation and economic rebirth for poorly served Chicago communities, according to a story by Jon Hilkevitch in the Chicago Tribune.

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