Latest Rail News

Kansas City Southern said that it has acquired the Puerta Mexico intermodal facility at Toluca in the State of Mexico. Later this month, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) will add direct train service from Lazaro Cardenas to Puerta Mexico, providing Mexico City import and export shippers with a service alternative featuring improved consistency and reliability and better transit times.

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Union Pacific will improve Seattle's transportation infrastructure with a $5.7-million investment to enhance its track from Seattle to Fife, Wash. Running generally parallel to Interstate 5, this section of Union Pacific track is critical to the movement of goods in Washington and helps keep local and regional economies competitive. The project is under way and will continue through the middle of 2010.


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North Shore construction work in Pittsburgh will cause much of the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Reedsdale Street to close through Friday, April 2, 2010. The closing is due to the ongoing construction of the North Shore Connector light rail project. February's inclement weather resulted in an extension of construction in the area.


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A $133-million federal stimulus project to build a railroad "flyover" at the Metra, Amtrak and freight tracks in Englewood on Chicago's south side will untie a knot in the nation's rail system and make way for high-speed rail, government and rail officials said Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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CSX Transportation has agreed to take soil samples from under a bridge it owns in south central Kentucky to test for any contamination from peeling paint flakes, local media report. A group of concerned citizens in Barren County said their own tests of the soil showed high levels of lead. The group's leader, David Garvin, told The Daily News in Bowling Green that CSX had previously been ignoring the concerns.


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Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the country. In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery Act transit formula dollars by March 5.

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with her, state, and local officials in an effort to keep the important Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway operating in Northern Maine. Secretary LaHood pledged to send the Federal Railroad Administrator to Maine to work on a plan to keep the railway operating.

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the representative of Lower Manhattan and the senior Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said  there will be $156 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan. These federal funds, which Nadler supported, will be used for construction and improvements of the new Downtown transit hub. Improvements will focus on connections between stations, passageways, platforms, systems, and restoration of the historic Corbin building.


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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Jerry Nadler and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said that the United States Department of Transportation will allocate more than $274 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project and the Second Avenue Subway Project. The East Side Access Project will create a rail link from the Long Island Rail Road via the 63rd Street Tunnel to Grand Central Station that will help tens of thousands of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens commuters save hours on their daily commutes. The Second Avenue Subway Project will help to ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line, the most crowded subway line in the nation.

 

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A federal investigation has identified pervasive flaws in rail safety at Metro and severe inadequacies in the agency responsible for oversight. Findings released March 4 call for widespread changes in how the nation's second-busiest subway system is supervised and managed, the Washington Post reports.

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