Latest Rail News

Recently released budget projections show that electrification is essential to Caltrain's survival. A modern, electric-powered railroad will provide quicker, more frequent service, which will attract more riders and generate more revenue. Revenue is projected to increase 49 percent by 2019, while operating costs remain flat. The commuter railroad, which currently uses diesel-powered trains, is facing budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year.

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The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council and the Association of American Railroads will lead a U.S. Commercial Railroad and Infrastructure Mission to the United Arab Emirates from June 20-24. The trade mission will allow U.S. companies in the railway technology, services, operator and infrastructure supply sectors to develop a bi-lateral railroad and trade relationship between the U.S. and the U.A.E.

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TransLink in the Vancouver, B.C., area continues to restructure itself with an eye to cutting costs and becoming more efficient. Beginning in 2009, 96 positions have been eliminated at TransLink or its operating companies, including six executives. On April 16, CEO Ian Jarvis implemented further changes to the executive structure, assigning new responsibilities and changing reporting relationships.

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CSX Transportation and National Gateway officials want people to get all aboard and support a series of projects that will connect East Coast ports to the Midwest using double-stacked trains, the Daily American reports. About nine projects are slated for the Somerset County, Pa., region, according to Richard VanOrnum, a spokesman with National Gateway.

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To fans in the stands, the Twins' new ballpark with all its stone and Kentucky bluegrass looks like it's all wrapped up and done. Behind the scenes, there's still a scramble under way to clean up the real estate titles to the jigsaw patchwork of land the ballpark sits on, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's no small job, as Target Field sits in one of the oldest parts of a city known for fuzzy property lines.

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April 25-29, crews will weld and replace cross ties on the tracks between the South San Francisco and San Mateo stations. On April 25, crews resurfaced the tracks between the San Antonio and Sunnyvale stations.


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April 23 marks the beginning of a series of five weekends of railroad crossing work on Redwood Road at approximately 8020 South. Utah Transit Authority will be completing crossing upgrades and new track installation at the location for the new Mid-Jordan TRAX line. The lane restrictions and closure information for each weekend is given below.

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RailWorks Corporation promoted Scott Brace to president of its subsidiary, RailWorks Track Systems, Inc., and William King to vice president of the major projects division of RailWorks Track Systems.

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On April 22, the Sound Transit Board in Metropolitan Seattle updated the preferred alternative for the East Link light rail project. The preferred alternative was modified to include a shorter and lower-cost tunnel option in downtown Bellevue, Wash., as well as a revised at-grade alternative through downtown. Inclusion of the tunnel was facilitated by the City of Bellevue agreeing to provide up to a $150-million contribution.

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The North County Transit District in Southern California is recognizing Earth Day 2010 with an aggressive sustainability campaign that will yield major environmental benefits by the end of the year. The two-part program includes extensive solar improvements at District facilities and challenges the public to ride public transit at least once a week as part of their personal sustainability goals.

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