Latest Rail News

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) presented its Triennial Capital Expenditures Plan outlining the estimated C$1.9 billion in expenditures planned for 2011-2013 and their effects on subsequent years. Such investments are needed to replace or upgrade equipment and infrastructure that already have or will reach the end of their service life in the next few years, including métro railcars and a number of buses, among others.

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Agreements between Huron Central Railway and the federal and provincial governments are being finalized, paving the way for infrastructure improvements along the rail line, the Sault Star reports. Sault Ste. Marie CAO Joe Fratesi said Huron Central will sign separate agreements with the federal and provincial governments that will see C$15 million from each level of government flow for the upgrades.

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In December, Metro in Washington, D.C., will conduct major track work on all the Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow lines to help maintain the rail system in a state of good repair and help improve service reliability. All weekend projects will impact travel times. 

Metro will not conduct any track maintenance work during the Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends. 



 

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Fourth Street in downtown St. Paul is reopened to traffic after crews substantially completed utility relocation and road construction the day before Thanksgiving. In December, crews will finish installing pavers, lights, traffic signals and pole foundations for the overhead system of wires that will power the light-rail trains.

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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara 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. The temporary platform will be in use for approximately six months.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has deployed the SightLogix® video intrusion detection system to provide perimeter security and prevent vandalism at the transit system's Northwest Rail Operations Facility (NWROF).  

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Light rail won't be operational until May, yet many local residents already want it extended, The Virginian-Pilot
 reports. A recent survey of local attitudes found that more than 91 percent of respondents want to see light rail go beyond Norfolk's 7.4-mile starter line.

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BNSF and the State of Illinois have reached a preliminary agreement on how to spend $45 million in state funds to upgrade the rail network at Galesburg, Ill., to help passenger and freight trains operate efficiently on the shared track system, The Journal of Commerce reports.

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One of Canada's oldest industries could open new markets to Asia without the need for an expensive or controversial pipeline to the West Coast, executives from both major railroads said, the Calgary Herald reports.

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A Mississippi man is concerned about a railroad bridge he believes is too dangerous for trains to cross, local television news reports. Adam Webb visits the Coldwater River often, and is fearful of a bridge located along Highway 178 in Olive Branch, Miss. Webb believes the bridge is going to collapse under the weight of a train.

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