Latest Rail News

The BART Board of Directors voted 7-1 to reaffirm its decision to authorize General Manager Dorothy Dugger to enter into a contract with the two firms the Board selected in December 2009 to design, operate and maintain the much anticipated Oakland, Calif., Airport Connector. The vote is likely the final action the Board of Directors will need to take before the agency breaks ground on the historic project, which promises in the short-term to create thousands of jobs. While in the long run, provides a world-class transit connection between the Oakland Airport and BART's Coliseum Station for millions of customers for decades to come.

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Amtrak is working on its railroad, spending tens of millions of dollars replacing thousands of the concrete ties that hold up its tracks because the ties are failing, the Providence, R.I., Journal reports.

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Colo Railroad Builders was awarded the contract to build a railroad track expansion project for South Dakota Wheat Growers in Roscoe, S.D.


 

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ENSCO, Inc., has received a patent for its Video Inspection System for Rail Components from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent covers the company's innovative machine vision system and methods for inspection of rail components such as turnouts, fastenings and joint bars using advanced fully automated machine vision techniques.


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Sound Transit on Sept. 21 will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Sounder commuter rail service, which has grown in ridership from 102,552 in its first year of operation to an estimated 2.8 million by the end of this year.

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Work on the EJ&E railway bridge over Interstate 88 in northeastern Illinois, which starts Sept. 17, will result in a temporary shifting of lanes on the tollway, the Geneva, Ill., Sun reports.

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Air quality watchdogs in Southern California can't impose limits on emissions from idling trains because they could interfere with interstate commerce that the federal government regulates, a federal appeals court ruled Sept. 15, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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(The following editorial appeared in the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger Sept. 16, 2010.) If Gov. Chris Christie abandons the Hudson rail tunnel project, it will make his administration's $400-million blunder over Race to the Top seem like only a warm-up exercise. The federal government has already agreed to devote $3 billion to the project, the largest dedication of federal support for mass transit ever.

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Chicago-area Regional Transportation Authority officials predicted that there will be no major expansion of the Chicago area's transit system for many years and that fare increases are likely as early as next year just to keep the existing system operating, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission's Railroad Safety Section has issued a Request for Grant Proposals for local railroad safety education and enforcement programs. The ICC recently received a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to continue working with local communities and railroads in Illinois to implement railroad safety education or enforcement programs.

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