Latest Rail News

Sales of SmartCards for travel on PATH trains has hit a record, jumping to more than 50 percent of market share on the rail line. SmartCard use, which has tripled in two years, has eclipsed use of MetroCards, which total about 40 percent of payment methods on PATH lines. PATH QuickCards make up most of the remainder of fare choices. PATH's Automated Fare Collection System was installed in 2003 to phase-out obsolete payment methods of cash and magnetic-strip cards.

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As the 2010 construction season gets under way, Amtrak is embarking on $1-billion construction program to fund capital projects designed to rebuild, upgrade and modernize its tracks, bridges, stations and other critical infrastructure along the busy Northeast Corridor and across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and the Miami area.

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On April 27, employees of Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad chose to be represented by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division - International Brotherhood of Teamsters. After the National Mediation Board had reviewed the validity of the authorization cards, the BMWED was certified to represent the 277 DM&E maintenance of way employees.

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Southern California officials have one week to come to agreement on the public benefits of a planned railroad overpass in Colton, or risk losing $125 million for the Inland area, The Press-Enterprise reports. To quell concerns from coastal counties, San Bernardino County officials have offered to pull their request for state bond money for a massive interchange overhaul proposed near Devore. Officials said they will find money elsewhere to reconfigure the Interstate 215 and Interstate 15 convergence.

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December 6, 2010 is the date for completion of the final sections of the Green Line light rail project. Two sections, from MLK, Jr., Station near Fair Park south to Buckner Station in Pleasant Grove and from Victory Station northwest to North Carrollton, will open completing the 20-station, 28-mile, $1.8-billion project.

 

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Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed Richard A. Schrader Chairman, succeeding Keith J. Hawksworth, who is retiring after 33 years with the firm. In his new position, Schrader, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide broad policy oversight for PB, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization.


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Caltrain will reconstruct the East Bellevue Avenue crossing beginning at 8 a.m. May 7 and continuing through 6 a.m. May 11. During that time the street will be closed to through traffic between Claremont Street and San Mateo Drive.


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Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream May 1-2 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. The $24.5-million project, which is funded through the MTA Capital Budget and federal grants, will also require another train outage on the weekend of May 15-16. The railroad's goal is to complete the installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.

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The Rev. Brian Davis quips that he may have to change the name of his church, Bay Street Presbyterian, to "Can't Get Here From There" if the Mississippi Department of Transportation permanently shuts down the railroad crossing near an intersection to the church, the Hattiesburg American reports.

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Your eyes weren't deceiving you. Yes, that was a passenger train rolling down the Florida East Coast Railway toward Miami, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. On May 1, the same train will return north to Jacksonville, this time filled with state and local officials who are pushing to return passenger service to the coastal tracks. Amtrak board chairman Tom Carper also is expected to be on board.

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