Latest Rail News

Canadian Pacific Ltd., Canada's second-largest railway company, plans to announce a major reorganization of its operations in the next two weeks, as part of its ongoing focus to improve efficiency and customer service, according to an internal document obtained by Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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President Barack Obama's push for high-speed passenger trains raises concerns about crowded rails slowing freight carriers like Union Pacific and BNSF, the Omaha World-Herald reports. This year, the administration committed $8 billion out of the $787 billion economic stimulus package and added $2.3 billion in the fiscal 2010 budget as down payments on a high-speed rail program that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars. The plan is to reduce America's dependence on oil, reduce traffic on highways and eliminate harmful exhaust emissions from millions of cars.

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Metra's massive bridge-rebuilding project on the Union Pacific North Line between Chicago and Kenosha, Wis., got off to a rough start August 23 as commuters got tangled in a new train schedule complicated by crew mistakes, the Chicago Tribune reports. Delays and confusion were common complaints as commuters crammed aboard trains, with some riders inadvertently boarding late-running trains that didn't make expected stops.

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The Tri-City Regional Port District will construct an additional 9,600 feet of track for a new rail line at the port's southern harbor near the McKinley Bridge, as part of an overall expansion of the port, the Belleville, Ill., News-Democrat reports.

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With extensive input from the community, Amtrak is carrying out a $460,000 plan to restore and revitalize with trees, shrubs and fencing a section of its right-of-way along the Northeast Corridor in Woodside, Queens, N.Y. Amtrak has hired a Landscape Horticulturist to assist in the selection and planting of approximately 600 new trees and shrubs, which the railroad will warranty and maintain for one year.

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It has been about five months since mudslides pushed trees and soil down the bluffs along the Blackhawk Heights and High Points subdivisions in eastern Iowa, and residents are still trying to find a way to stabilize their properties, The Hawk Eye reports.

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Daniel Carson, P.E., has been hired by Urban Engineers, Inc. as Cost Estimating Practice Leader. Carson brings 38 years of professional experience, including proprietorship of his own firm, Daniel Carson Consulting Engineer, in Framingham, Mass. Prior to that, he was president and senior project manager for DMC Engineering, Inc. During his 25 years at DMC, he led all activities involving cost estimating and constructability. Carson has also served as a project manager for Peabody NE, Inc. and chief engineer and project superintendent for Eastern Seaboard Construction Engineering, Inc.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has completed an agreement that will help fund West Virginia's portion of the Appalachian Regional Short Line Rail project, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The project, receiving a $1.77-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, includes upgrades to crossties, highway-rail grade crossings and bridges.





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TriMet in the Portland, Ore., area is nearing completion on work to improve safety and security at the Gresham Central MAX station. This pilot project-the first of its kind in the TriMet system-includes installation of barrier railing. The project also includes improved lighting and making the platforms a fare zone. This change allows fare inspection to occur on the platform rather than after riders board the train. Other work at the station includes painting the shelters and pedestrian enhancements that help orient riders to be more alert to approaching trains.

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It was a hammer instead of a shovel that ushered in the groundbreaking of the Lincolnway Railport on August 20, the Clinton Herald reports. With Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and Union Pacific Railroad CEOJim Young taking the first swing at a ceremonial rail spike, the multi-million dollar project celebrated the end of its long planning stage and entered in the first phase of construction.

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