Latest Rail News

Charlie Brown stood behind the bar at the dark, dusty Whistling Post Tavern on June 30, rag in hand, updating his patrons on the latest local news, local newspapers report.

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Canadian Pacific marks a significant milestone this year as it celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the driving of the Last Spike, which signaled the completion of Canada's first transcontinental railroad. In celebration of this anniversary, CP presented the first of its archives Legacy gifts to the Banff Whyte Museum.

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BART and Caltrans will need to close a portion of eastbound Interstate 580 in the Dublin/Pleasanton area beginning 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, through 9 a.m. Sunday, July 11. Off-ramps from eastbound I-580 to northbound and southbound Interstate 680 will also be closed. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction crews as they install bridges perpendicular to the highway, which will provide access to the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Station.


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Ingleside Civic League president Phillip Hawkins points to a rut with his shoe along the light rail tracks that run in front of his home. He's less than thrilled his neighborhood is about to be inconvenienced again, Norfolk, Va.'s WAVY reports. Starting July 6, crews will rip out the light rail crossing at Ingleside and Mississippi and replace it. The same will happen at the Bristol and Curlew Dr crossing. 
WAVY learned the concrete panels settled causing the tracks to move.

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Work on an important part of a new east-west highway corridor across south Renton, Wash., that will help ease congestion could begin in spring 2012, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports. Key players in the project, including Renton, Tukwila, Boeing, BNSF and Sound Transit, recently held a high-level meeting on the project, known as the Southwest 27th/Strander Boulevard Connection.

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Wednesday, July 7 to Friday, July 9, crews will begin site preparation for a project that will improve rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. The work is part of VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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Union Pacific will improve Missouri's transportation infrastructure by investing more than $10 million on the rail line that runs from near Washington, Mo., to Pacific, Mo. Work on the nearly 22-mile stretch of railroad track began July 1 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.   The project includes removing and installing the rail on one of the two tracks in the area.

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Two years after officials gathered in Mechanicsville, N.Y., to announce a $40-million "rail logistics center," work on the project has yet to begin, the Albany Times-Union reports. But that could soon change.

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New Mexico Transportation Secretary Gary L. J. Girón was joined by state and local officials as they broke ground on the Reinken Avenue project in Belen. The $2.4-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will include building a pedestrian overpass at the Belen Rail Runner Station. It is expected to be complete by this November.

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At the opening of the new dog park in Fremont, Calif., Central Park, a cacophony of howls and yips from assorted canines mixed with excited chatter and laughter from dog owners. When the ribbon was finally cut by Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and BART Board Director Tom Blalock, dogs thronged the oasis-like park, which stood in stark contrast to the booming construction nearby.

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