Latest Rail News

Drivers will spend less time waiting for trains to pass as Union Pacific increases the speed of its trains on the rail line that parallels Loop 529 in Rosenberg, Texas. The train speed limit will increase from 10 miles per hour to 40 mph on nearly three miles of track that crosses Junker and Scott Roads.

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Employees of the Huron & Eastern Railway Company voted in favor of union representation by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. After the votes had been counted, an overwhelming majority of Huron & Eastern employees chose to be represented by the Allied Federation, which already represents more than 7,000 members of the BMWED/IBT.


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Jobs. Thousands of them. That's one of the main ways supporters pitched the two trains heading for Orlando, Fla., the Sentinel reports.

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A plan to build a new railroad through George County, Miss., that will connect the Port of Pascagoula with rail connections at Lucedale and Meridian has hit its first bump in the road, but has not been derailed, the Hattiesburg American reports.

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The rail stop adjacent to the former Chrysler plant is one of the site's most significant assets -- but the trains could cease stopping there if one of several proposed Newark, Del., station locations gains the support of transportation officials, The News Journal reports.

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The time could be ripe to attract federal money for a trolley system connecting downtown Lorain, Ohio, with other parts of the community, supporters of Lorain Street Railway said, the Morning Journal reports. 

On Feb. 22, Lorain City Council committees will consider a presentation from Dennis Lamont, president of Lorain Street Railway, which advocates the streetcar system.



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Feb. 21-25, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program. Work will take place at the following locations:

• Burlingame: Broadway, Oak Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue.

• Redwood City: Main Street and Chestnut Street.

• San Mateo: Villa Terrace Avenue, First Avenue, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue.

• Menlo Park: Encinal Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue.

• Atherton: Fair Oaks Lane.

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ArcelorMittal Steelton said it has received approval for $54 million in capital funding that will significantly upgrade the rail production process with a new walking-beam reheat furnace that includes advanced energy and environmental technology.

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OnTrackAmerica, a non-profit transportation consultancy committed to revitalizing North America's economy and environment by placing railroads at the center of a balanced transportation system said there have been several new developments in its ongoing, multi-faceted agenda.

 

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Hampton Roads, Va., Transit said that the final cost to complete construction of The Tide light rail system will be $338.3 million and that passenger service will begin in May 2011. The new figure comes after a six-month review by HRT and its financial advisor to identify costs not fully accounted for in previously released budgets, including the additional time required to design project changes and then complete construction.

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