Latest Rail News

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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Because of extensive grade crossing work, shuttle buses will replace trains for several weekends on the light rail Blue and Green lines this spring. The lines are operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. During this time, workers will replace existing grade crossings, track and sidewalks with a new concrete crossing surface, asphalt road approaches, new track and new concrete sidewalks.

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The Maryland Transit Administration started upgrades at the Warren Road Light Rail Stop Parking Lot. These improvements are part of a scheduled maintenance project and include resurfacing, wheel stops replacement, new pavement markings and new traffic signs.


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Washington, D.C.-area Metrorail customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 30 minutes April 30 to May 2 as old track components are replaced on the Blue and Yellow lines. Inbound and outbound trains will take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system while the work is taking place.

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Nearly 4,000 Quebecers have signed a petition that calls for a cross-Quebec railroad that would link the province's Nunavik region to southern Quebec, The Montreal Gazette reports. The Quebec government and its major financial institutions should support the construction of a "Trans-Quebec Express" railway, which would cross Quebec from the Gaspé to Nunavik, a huge area bordered by Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Ungava Bay and Labrador, says the petition, which was tabled yesterday at the Quebec legislature by MLA Denis Trottier.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority adopted a revised 2010-14 capital plan of $26.2 billion that cut $1.8 billion from it's original plan, but is still $9 billion short of being completely funded. The new plan includes plans for new subway cars, station improvements, new signals ...
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