Latest Rail News

The Railroad Transportation Safety District recently talked about making changes to three Waverly crossings to create a nearly three-mile long quiet zone, where trains wouldn't have to blow their horns, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. The Federal Railroad Administration requires trains to blow horns at unprotected at-grade crossings, but they can be silenced if cities create quiet zones by beefing up safety features around crossings with raised medians, lights and gates.

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The nation's top transportation official expressed optimism that high-speed passenger rail will be widely available within two decades, and he praised Iowa's efforts to push for more passenger train service, the Des Moines Register reports.

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Township Committee has tentatively offered to foot part of the cost of creating a quiet zone at the Lehigh Road railway crossing in Branchburg, N.J., if homeowners put up $30,000 of the cost of equipment, local media report. The total cost of the improvements needed to silence train horns as they cross Lehigh Road is $36,000, according to Township Administrator Gregory Bonin.

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Canadian Pacific's acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. in 2008 was upheld by an appeals court, which rejected challenges by the Sierra Club and Metra, the Chicago area commuter rail agency, local media report.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to provide architectural and engineering design for the Tuas Depot, a new train and vehicle service facility to support the ongoing expansion of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System.

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What do the New York Times, the City of Philadelphia, LaSalle University and Miracle Whip all have in common? They are among the first to advertise on the newly installed digital monitors at PATCO's 8th & Market Streets Station. The station is equipped with four, 52-inch digital monitors, located at the platform level. The monitors display advertisements as well as weather, PATCO news and information.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), headquartered in San Jose, Calif., has installed new, highly visible emergency phone towers to provide VTA customers with access to emergency communications and VTA information via the Customer Call Center.

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Central Massachusetts commuters may have more rail options in about two years when CSX Corp. completes its expansion project in Worcester and the state is able to add more passenger trains, The Telegram & Gazette reports.

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It's a 2.4-mile Metrorail extension that will take the stress out of getting to and from Miami International Airport. And with less than two years to go before its scheduled spring 2012 opening, the project now has an official new name. Formerly known as the Miami Intermodal Center-Earlington Heights Connector, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is pleased to reintroduce the project as the AirportLink.

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In the neighborhood of 1500 North Bewley Street, a hole in a fence leads to a grimy outdoor corridor with graffiti-plastered walls that is used as a dumping ground for old television sets and other unwanted items, the Orange County Register reports. Fifty years ago, this same corridor was part of the Pacific Electric Railway, or Red Car system, which provided mass transit service to Southern California from 1901 to 1961.

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