Latest Rail News

When the Sound Transit Board began work Sept. 23 on the 2011 budget, it signaled the kickoff of a process that will realign agency project and service priorities in response to the national recession's impact on local tax revenues.

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Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and the Toronto Transit continue to move forward on a commitment to improving public transit in the Greater Toronto Area with the release of a request for proposals to the three teams short-listed for the new Sheppard East Maintenance and Storage Facility project.

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Houston's NEW METRO is hosting a public hearing on its FY2011 budget at noon Sept. 27 and the public is encouraged to attend. In a break from past practice, the budget will be presented by METRO's President & CEO George Greanias.

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Gary/Chicago International Airport officials are hopeful an agreement on moving railroad tracks blocking airport expansion can be hammered out within a month, perhaps allowing some work on the project to begin this year, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

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As the city ponders how to pay for light-rail budget overruns, the Hampton Roads Transit board took action Sept. 23 to help control project costs, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The board approved changes in the final large contract for rail construction that HRT President and CEO Philip Shucet said will allow the agency to avoid spending an additional "few million dollars."

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(The following editorial by Mike Norman appeared in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.) Time for a Fort Worth streetcar update -- or, as I call it, the local obsession that won't go away.

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Public support for rail service from Pittsfield, N.Y., to New York City is gaining steam, according to a survey of potential riders who expressed strong interest in the idea, the Berkshire Eagle reports.

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September 24-26, Metro in the Washington, D.C., area will install new crossties, upgrade its track and trim weeds on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines to improve long-term reliability and service. As a result of this work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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MTA Long Island Bus will provide bus and van service in place of four Long Island Rail Road trains at three Port Washington Branch stations in the early morning of Saturday, September 25, in order to allow overnight track inspections. LIRR customers will be able to transfer between trains and buses/vans at the Great Neck Station, and should allow up to 30 minutes of additional travel time in either direction.

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Due to bridge repair work in the Rail Runner corridor, the #502 train from Belen (8:50am) and the #505 train from Santa Fe (11:20am) will be cancelled, Sunday, September 26, between 8:50 am and 1:00 p.m. The two later trains will still run on their normal Sunday Schedule

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