Latest Rail News

At the Santa Clara Station Improvement Project, work will be done this week on the shoring and the foundation for the new pedestrian underpass at the station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform.

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SCI Verkehr, the German railway and logistics consultancy, has released a new edition of its World Market for Railway Technology that calls for global railway investment to increase from a currently estimated $168 billion to approximately $205 billion in 2015. Of the total, 53 percent is expected to come from after-sales.

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Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor - one of the most extensive railroad engineering projects in modern times and a template for public-private partnerships that strengthen the nation's transportation infrastructure - officially opened for business Sept. 9.

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The train that ran on the railway between Pullman and Colfax, Wash., on the morning of Sept. 2 may have been the last, The Daily Evergreen reports.

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Trains are nothing new in central Ohio, but they are poised to play am increasing role in the economy, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Beginning Sept. 9, Norfolk Southern will use the revamped Heartland Corridor line, taking advantage of what the company calls the "single biggest railroad engineering project in modern history." It included enlarging tunnels through mountains and raising bridges in other places.

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On September 8, 1910, the first Long Island Rail Road trains departed from a grand structure dedicated to transportation-Pennsylvania Station-and traveled under the East River using four tunnels. Long Island celebrated. LIRR is celebrating that century-old achievement with the opening of a special photo display in the 34th Street Entrance Corridor, one of the LIRR's newest Penn Station areas.

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The final round of public meetings for the Metra SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis study in northeastern Illinois are set for Sept. 22 and Sept. 28. The meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposed Locally Preferred Alternative identified in the SouthEast Service Alternatives Analysis Study. The proposed 33-mile SouthEast Service is a new transportation line that would link close to 20 communities in the south Suburban Cook and Will counties. Meetings are open to the general public and are ADA accessible.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will close two Blue and Orange Line stations and there will be no Blue and Orange Line service at the Metro Center Metrorail station during the three-day Columbus Day Holiday Weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, to closing on Monday, Oct. 11, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety, to comply with a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board and maintain service reliability and a state of good repair.

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A summit bringing together parties from all sides of the North Charleston commercial rail debate was always likely to be somewhat contentious, the Charleston Regional Business Journal reports. But an economic impact study released by a public-private partnership could ratchet up tensions ahead of the Sept. 9 meeting of the Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted 6-2 to allocate all $20 million of this year's state transportation improvement funding to the Oakland, Calif., Airport Connector (OAC) project.

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