Latest Rail News

On Saturday, April 17, the Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink Line in Southern California will not have train service to the Anaheim Canyon station due to track construction work related to the Orange County Transportation Authority's Metrolink Service Expansion Project.


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The Utah Transit Authority board of trustees has appointed Michael Allegra as the agency's new general manager. Allegra succeeds John Inglish, who has served as general manager for the past 13 years. Effective immediately, Allegra will assume all general manager responsibilities, including operations, projects and programs and management of staff. Allegra previously served as assistant general manager and chief capital development officer.

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State Representative Rick Geist (R-Altoona), Republican Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, unveiled a package of legislative proposals designed to address Pennsylvania's transportation infrastructure funding crisis.

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Efforts to save a $202-million railroad overpass in Colton, Calif., are on track, but an agreement between two railroads and local officials faces a high bar when a state commission will decide if the agreement shows the public will benefit enough, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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A borrowing package that includes money to preserve a railroad that's seen as a lifeline to industry in struggling northern Maine was denied final approval by the state Senate late April 7, local newspapers report. As lawmakers worked toward the 2010 session's end, senators debated the $85-million bond package at length before voting 19-16 along party lines for it. But Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds majority they needed to send the bonds to voters. The House earlier gave its final approval by a 100-48 vote.

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Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville-Wainright, announced that the Government of Canada is trying to make access to markets easier and will be providing $59,500 in grant funding to the Battle River Railway New Generation Co-op that is headed by Daysland, Alberta, resident Ken Eshpeter, the Camrose Canadian reports. The federal contribution will be used by the co-op to acquire a short line railroad.

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The Federal Railroad Administration will soon begin accepting grant applications for the deployment of positive train control collision avoidance systems and complementary advanced technologies under a new $50-million Rail Safety Technology Program, FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

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Lake Zurich, Ill., officials have formalized the land exchange with Canadian National Railway as part of plans to build a 270-foot communications tower, the Daily Herald reports. Construction is under way on the tower, which will be used to monitor rail traffic. The negotiations were to replace the original tower site near downtown.

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SEPTA issued the following statement: The rejection by the U.S. Department of Transportation of Pennsylvania's planned funding of highway and public transit will create a deep and long lasting effect on many major SEPTA projects.

 

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited appointed Edmond (Ed) Harris to the position of executive vice president and chief operations officer. Reporting to CP President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Green, Harris will join the company with responsibility for all aspects of railroad operations, safety, customer service, engineering and mechanical services in both Canada and the U.S.

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