Latest Rail News

Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream the weekend of March 20-21 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel.

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Beginning Friday, March 19, at 9:00 p.m., the street crossing at Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Seattle is scheduled to be fully closed to traffic so the crossing can be demolished and reconstructed over the weekend. The crossing is expected to reopen to vehicles early the following Monday morning. A full weekend closure of the crossing was scheduled to reduce the impacts of a partial mid-week closure that would require additional working days.

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On March 15, 2010, the MERMEC Group's American subsidiary, Imagemap Inc., changed its company name to "MERMEC Inc." and starts a new chapter in its history by completing transitioning to corporate identity and alignment to group's strategy and commercial proposition.

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MTA New York City Transit said that beginning Saturday, March 27, and continuing for 18 months through August 2011, there will be no weekday rush hour 5 express service in either direction between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street. During this period, 5 trains will make all 2 local stops. Currently, 5 trains run express in the peak direction during morning (southbound) and afternoon (northbound) rush hours between East 180th Street and 3rd Avenue-149th Street. It is anticipated that this service change will add about five minutes to customers' trips.

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Construction at the University of Washington light rail station in Seattle is under way and during the week of March 15, 2010 there will be several construction activities along Montlake Blvd. adjacent to Husky Stadium that will affect the roadway and sidewalks.

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Wabtec Corporation has acquired Xorail LLC, a leading provider of signal engineering and design services, for $40 million in cash. The company is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and has annual sales of about $40 million. Wabtec expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year.

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Beginning April 3, 2010, GO Transit is making several system-wide train and bus service changes to bring schedules in line with actual travel trip times and to meet the needs of our growing ridership across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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The South Shore commuter railroad plans to temporarily bus mid-day passengers between South Bend, Ind., and Carroll Ave. in Michigan City, Ind., on March 31 and April 1.  South Shore maintenance crews will be replacing railroad ties.

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A number of projects vital to SEPTA and its riders will become budget casualties if the federal government does not approve a plan to provide dedicated funding for transportation in Pennsylvania, according to Fiscal Year 2011 budget projections. The Federal Highway Administration is currently reviewing Pennsylvania's application to convert Interstate 80 to a toll highway. This is a key component of Act 44, the state law enacted in 2007 to create a dedicated source for transportation funding throughout the Commonwealth.

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Improvements by Pan Am Southern to the rail route from Mechanicville, N.Y., to Ayer, Mass., in the last year have increased capacity and speeds on the line and have the company looking at further opportunities in New England, including the Fitchburg area, the Worcester Telegram reports.

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