Latest Rail News

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and BNSF signed an agreement that ultimately will result in more frequent and more reliable Amtrak Cascades service between Seattle and Portland.

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NJ Transit has applied for $885 million in new federal funding to pay for renewal and replacement of aging components of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Trenton, N.J., and Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, the Times Herald-Record reports.

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Norfolk's transportation system is growing up, with light rail starting next May and passenger rail two years later, the Virginian-Pilot reports. So its connections to each other need to mature, too. Toward that end, officials envision a $16-million "multi-modal" transportation center at Harbor Park downtown, where commuters can move between light rail, passenger rail, bus, ferry, bike and taxi.

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President Barack Obama announced a robust and reformed transportation infrastructure plan on Labor Day that will focus on fixing America's roads, railways and runways, investing more wisely, and establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. In response, Building America's Future released the following statement:

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A former Federal Railroad Administration deputy administrator, Cliff Eby, has been named interim program director for the California high-speed rail project. The California high-speed rail project, with an estimated total price tag of $40 billion, envisions 220-mph passenger trains connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles.

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A pair of businesses that flank the Chester Branch railroad have said they plan to take advantage of the rail line that is being rebuilt with federal stimulus funding, the Daily Record reports.

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As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, work is in progress to strengthen West Oakland, Calif., Station against earthquakes. The agency will need to close both elevators temporarily. Westbound, platform #1, and Eastbound, platform #2 elevators at West Oakland Station will be temporarily out of service for electrical work.

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Metrorail customers in the Washington, D.C., can now get real-time next train arrival information by phone, in addition to online and via web-enabled mobile devices. 

Customers may simply call Metro's Customer Information phone number, 202-637-7000, and say "Next Train." They then will be prompted to say a station name or enter the first four letters of the station name to hear when the next trains will arrive at the selected station within a 20-minute window. 




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TranSystems recently announced that Tom Westerman has joined the company as a senior bridge engineer and project manager in support of the firm's architectural, engineering and planning group focused on the freight railroad and municipality markets. Westerman brings 27 years experience as a civil engineer in the transportation industry.

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The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) in Metropolitan Los Angeles issued the Request for Proposals for the Foothill Extension Phase 2A light rail Alignment work. The $450-million-plus design-build-finance project will involve final design, construction and financing of 11.5-miles of track, utilities, crossings and systems; six stations and multiple bridges; and a 25-plus-acre light rail maintenance facility. Phase 2A will extend the Metro Gold Line light rail line from its current terminus in East Pasadena, adding stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.

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