Latest Rail News

Businesses and residents in Norfolk's Freemason Historic District got some good news last week - major light rail construction that caused confusion and detours is complete, local media report.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams and Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino and other public officials broke ground today on a new $25.5 million train wash facility located in the Village of Babylon. The project, which promises to create between 20 and 30 construction jobs, is being financed with federal stimulus funds through the Federal Transit Administration. The Babylon Train Wash Facility was selected by Governor David Paterson and the MTA as a shovel-ready project that represented the best use of federal stimulus funds.

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The railroad responsible for maintaining the rails in and near the Fox Cities in Wisconsin will fix or replace 11 crossings in and near the Fox Cities, including the two deemed worst of the bunch by Post-Crescent readers in April, the Appleton Post-Crescent reports.

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The Andersons, Inc., and the Iowa Northern Railway Company said that The Andersons, Inc., recently made a significant minority investment in the railway company and its subsidiaries. The investment is expected to be accretive to earnings this year.

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Seattle City Light will be upgrading power lines in Capitol Hill during the next year to increase their power capacity. The work is designed to meet local power needs, improve reliability, and provide electricity to the Sound Transit light rail station now under construction.

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The Metro Board of Commissioners for the St. Louis area approved an operating budget of $232.4 million for Fiscal Year 2011 that includes funds to restore transit services that were cut in 2009. The budget also includes freezes on salaries and hiring and reductions to expenditures across the board.

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County transportation leaders may need to postpone $5 million in scheduled repairs for the 32-mile local rail line that would occur soon after officials sign off on the pending purchase because of financing problems that still shadow the acquisition, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.

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A bill regulating pesticide spraying by railroads has been signed into law by the governor of Wisconsin, local media report. The new law requires railroads operating in Wisconsin to inform railroad employees of their use of pesticides, and prohibits a railroad from requiring an employee to work in an area to which a pesticide has been applied within 24 hours of the application of the pesticide.

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Ottawa and the provinces need to do a better job of coordinating policy on issues ranging from the environment to tax reform, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s top executive said, The Canadian Press reports. Canadian Pacific representatives have spent a lot of time in Ottawa -- not to mention Washington -- making the case for removing "artificial barriers in the form of regulation or legislation," Fred Green told shareholders at the firm's annual general meeting.

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Fees for transportation impacts, business licenses and vehicle-license registrations all could be part of a funding package the Kent, Wash., City Council may tap for funding city street projects, according to the Kent Reporter. The Council conducted a second workshop at City Hall to discuss how to fund an estimated $389 million worth of projects over the next 25 years, including $137 million in grade-separation projects for street and rail.

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