Latest Rail News

The Obama Administration took the next step toward realizing its vision for high-speed rail in the United States. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration will begin accepting applications for $2.1 billion in grants to continue the development of high-speed intercity passenger rail corridors.

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Kansas City Southern said that the KCS board of directors elected Michael R. Haverty, currently chairman and chief executive officer, to the position of executive chairman and elected current president and chief operating officer, David L. Starling, to president and chief executive officer, both effective August 1, 2010. Haverty will continue to concentrate on the strategic direction of the company and oversee long-term business decisions.

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Unitrac Railroad Materials, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Healey Railroad Corporation and a specialty trackwork manufacturer and distributor of new and relay rail, has met the requirements of the Association of American Railroads' Quality Assurance Program as specified in M-1003.

 

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Aconex, a provider of project collaboration solutions for the construction, infrastructure, energy and resources industries, has been selected by the Regional Transportation District Denver to provide its online collaboration solution to RTD's $6-billion dollar FasTracks transit expansion program. Aconex will be used to facilitate the information and records management needs for design, construction, testing and start-up of the public infrastructure project.

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During the recession in the early 2000s, U.S. freight railroads slashed spending and services. When business revived, they were roundly criticized for bottlenecks and delays, The Wall Street Journal reports. This time around, the railroads have continued to spend heavily, plowing more than $20 billion into capital improvements to widen tracks and tunnels, upgrade cars and engines and enhance their technology.

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Coleman Young died a dozen years ago. If the former Detroit mayor were with us today, he surely would be delighted with news of a billion-dollar investment in Detroit's railroad infrastructure, the Port Huron Times Herald reports.

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SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined state and local leaders and members of the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wayne Station on the Thorndale Regional rail line in Wayne, Delaware County, Pa. The ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the extensive two-year $22.7-million Wayne Station Improvement Project. The project was funded as a joint federal, state and local effort to rejuvenate the historic station, which dates to the late 1800's.

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Ten states that lead the nation in the number of highway-rail grade-crossing deaths -- Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas --have until Aug. 27, 2011, to complete five-year action plans that address highway-rail grade crossing accidents, Occupational Health & Safety's Website reported.

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The three newest members of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger rail transportation in America.

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L. B. Foster said that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania has dissolved the preliminary injunction issued on April 21, 2010, which had enjoined the completion of L.B. Foster's tender offer for Portec Rail Products, Inc. Stan Hasselbusch, L.B. Foster's chief executive officer, commented, "We are pleased that this obstacle to L.B. Foster's acquisition of Portec Rail has been removed."

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