Latest Rail News

Deutsche Bahn Netz AG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), switched to a new tamping surveying solution from Amberg Technologies. It will support maintenance measures of automated tamping of tracks and points.

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L.B. Foster Company said it is extending its previously announced cash tender offer, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Foster Thomas Company, for all outstanding shares of common stock of Portec Rail Products, Inc., until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 15, 2010. The tender offer was previously set to expire at midnight, New York City Time on September 30, 2010.


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October 1-3, Metro in Washington, D.C., will install a track switch and upgrade its track, platforms and aerial structures on the Yellow, Green and Red lines to improve long-term reliability and service. The track switch is work that was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. As a result of this work, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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Feedback from riders and communities along the Union Pacific North line regarding recent schedule changes has prompted Metra to postpone the project to rebuild 22 bridges on the line until next spring and reinstate the line's original schedule with a two-track operation starting Sunday, Oct. 3.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for construction of a new bridge that will carry County Highway 19 (7000 N Road) over the Union Pacific tracks, in Kankakee County. The County proposes to reconstruct the structure with a new multi-steel stringer and reinforced concrete bridge. It will have a 30-foot wide travel surface with bridge railing on each side, and will provide 23-feet minimum vertical clearance over the railroad tracks.

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(The following editorial appeared in the New York Times.) Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a national name for himself by slashing spending on education and other vital services. New Jersey's children and other vulnerable residents are paying the price. Now he wants to stall - and perhaps cancel - one of the most important transportation projects in the country: a new railway tunnel under the Hudson River linking New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan.

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CSX Transportation has agreed to pay the District of Columbia $7.5 million toward environmental cleanup programs as part of a settlement reached this month after D.C. inspectors witnessed pollutants leeching from the company's Benning Road rail yard, the Washington Post reports.

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The South Shore is alerting passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The next weekend outage is planned for October 2-4. During these construction related weekend outages the South Shore Line will not operate trains or shuttle bus service in either direction between South Bend, Ind., and Gary Metro Center beginning 2:30 a.m. Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday.

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Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez proposed a $1.337-billion budget for 2011 that, through cost-conscious management, maintains current fares and service levels. Rodriguez said that the CTA is working diligently to deliver on its mission while operating in a very tough economic environment. Despite limited resources, it will also continue to focus attention on areas where strategic investments will lay the foundation for future improvements and customer benefits.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $50 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars for the State of Vermont to begin construction to improve 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon on Amtrak's Vermonter line. The improvements will result in increased speeds, reduced travel time and greater reliability.

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