Latest Rail News

VIA Rail Canada said that as of May 11, travel times on the Montréal-Ottawa route will improve with the introduction of new schedules. Trip times will be shortened by as much as 15 minutes, while arrival and departure times for certain trains will be changed to better suit customer needs.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road customers can now obtain train fare information via cell phone text message from CooCoo, the Long Island-based text engine company that has been providing train schedules and service updates via cell phone at no extra cost beyond the phone company's standard texting fee.

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Sound Transit contractors will complete final installation of light rail track switch heaters May 14-16 on the main tracks near the Link light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. Link trains will be delayed starting Friday, May 14th at 10 p.m. through the start of service Monday morning at 5 a.m.


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The Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority, LRA, is accelerating plans for development and jobs at Savanna Depot Park after the federal government agreed to expedite the property transfers needed for the proposed railcar mall and other development.

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J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc., a transportation-engineering firm providing engineering design, construction management and staff augmentation to public and private sector clientele, as a sub-consultant to David Evans and Associates, Inc., will be providing engineering design management, track design and structures design services for the Oregon Department of Transportation's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project. The scope of work includes National Environmental Policy Act and Preliminary Engineering Services.

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BNSF plans to spend $84 million on track improvements in Wyoming this year, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Major projects will include rail, tie and surfacing work, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

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Houston METRO President & CEO Frank J. Wilson has resigned. The METRO Board of Directors accepted his resignation at a Special Board meeting, May 7. As part of the resignation, the Board authorized Chairman Gilbert Garcia to sign a Mutual Termination and General Release agreement with Wilson. This agreement is posted on METRO's Web site.

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Multinational railway signaling and train control provider Invensys Rail has appointed former Network Rail director Nick Crossfield as its new managing director for its Northern Europe division. He takes the helm of the division in June and succeeds Mark Wild who has been acting managing director since November 2009.

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According to a notice published in the May 10 Federal Register, the Federal Railroad Administration is proposing to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards applicable to high-speed and high- cant-deficiency train operations in order to promote the safe interaction of rail vehicles with the track over which they operate.

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an initiative in Northern California to provide a new passenger rail service along 70 miles of an existing Northwestern Pacific corridor. With the corridor having been out of service since 1994, the lead designer, HDR Engineering, required a high precision, as-built track geometry survey of the existing infrastructure.

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