Latest Rail News

In July, Metro will replace rail switches at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines and conduct major track work to maintain a state of good repair on all five of Metro's rail lines. All of July's weekend projects will impact travel times and cause delays. However, there will be no track maintenance during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend. 



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Pacific Harbor Line said that M. D. "Mike" Stolzman, vice president, has been promoted to president, succeeding Andrew C. Fox, who is promoted to managing director, a newly created position. Otis Cliatt succeeds Stolzman.

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As part of its recent initiatives to position the Port of New York and New Jersey for future economic growth, the Port Authority acquired additional prime waterfront property - the 98-acre Global Terminal on the Port Jersey peninsula in Jersey City and Bayonne, N.J.

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The San Diego City Council has approved what will be among the nation's largest quiet zones, entailing $20.9 million in spending to improve downtown railroad crossings and prevent freight trains from blaring their horns at all hours, local media report. Downtown residents, developers and business operators have decried late-night train noise for the past decade, saying it lowers the quality of life, hurts property values and detracts from downtown enhancement efforts.

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St. Louis Metro is launching the first phase of service restoration on June 28 with changes to MetroLink and MetroBus frequency and routes, marking the beginning of a new era of public-transit rebuilding, expansion and innovation. Public officials, Metro's leadership and other Metro employee volunteers will welcome passengers back on the first day of service restoration and will pass out specially wrapped cookies at MetroLink and MetroBus stations and transfer centers throughout the system.

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VIA Rail Canada said that a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), and that there will be no work stoppage. The agreement must be ratified by union members.

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From San Francisco to San Jose, Sunday, June 27 to Thursday, July 1, a rail detector car will be used on Caltrain to find flaws in the rails. This on-track car uses ultrasonic equipment to detect minute flaws in the rails that are not visible to the naked eye. These flaws may be the result of manufacturing defects or simply develop over time. If a critical flaw is found, it must be repaired immediately.


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Washington, D.C., Metro's Board of Directors approved a $5-billion, six-year capital spending plan June 24 as part of its FY2011 capital budget, which was made possible as a result of increased contributions from the jurisdictions that fund Metro, federal stimulus dollars provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and dedicated federal and local matching funds provided by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.





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Local officials including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are scheduled to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Metro Gold Line Foothills Extension Saturday morning, June 26, in Newcastle Park in Arcadia, Calif.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) received notification that the Federal Transit Administration issued a Record of Decision for the first 10-mile phase of BART Silicon Valley. This milestone signifies that VTA satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, thereby issuing environmental impact approval for the $2.1-billion Berryessa Extension.

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