Latest Rail News

CSX Transportation now expects to spend $1.2 billion or more developing and installing the crash avoidance technology known as positive train control, which has been mandated by a 2008 federal law, the Journal of Commerce reports. That is up from roughly $750 million that CSXT previously estimated to put in PTC across its network as required by the end of 2015. Company officials gave the new estimate in an April 14 conference call with Wall Street analysts.

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Norfolk Southern Corporation has expanded its communications with online audiences, distributing information, video and photos on popular social media Web sites. News media, customers, shareholders, bloggers, and other opinion leaders now can keep up to date on Norfolk Southern news and information through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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They came to town to repair our railroad tracks. And in the process, they fixed our beliefs in humanity, the Middletown, Ohio, Journal reports.

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Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, said that the Government of Canada will upgrade high-priority rail grade crossings across the country - a move that will help to keep Canadian communities safe.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration will make a further "down payment" toward an eventual commitment of $3 billion by approving a $765-million Early Systems Work Agreement amendment to continue and expand work on the Access to the Region's Core rail project, which will carry the rail line under the Hudson River. The agreement includes $385 million in federal funds matched by $380 million in local funding.

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On April 19, construction will begin on the western half of the inbound and outbound platforms at the Stone Avenue Station on the Metra BNSF Line in LaGrange, Ill. Commuters will only be able to board and exit the train from the east half of the platforms.

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California High-Speed Rail Authority representatives said the project's environmental impact report will be delayed until next year to help the agency deal with concerns from cities along the bullet train's proposed path, the Orange County Register reports.

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An unexpected about-face on the route to be used for new Chicago-Dubuque Amtrak train service leaves Genoa- and South Elgin-area leaders feeling bewildered, the Elgin Courier-News reports. But the decision makes it more likely that a new Metra commuter service could be set up in coming years from Elgin through Gilberts and Huntley to Belvidere and Rockford.

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Union Pacific will participate in more than 100 Earth Day events in nearly 70 communities in April. The events will include an array of activities such as tree plantings, beautification projects, hands-on school activities, shoe recycling programs and the annual Earth Day Fair at the Union Pacific Center in Omaha.

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Two street closures will affect both Port Authority riders and motorists in Pittsburgh April 16-19. On Friday, April 16 at 4 a.m., Port Authority contractors will fully close the intersection of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street in order to conduct backfill work associated with North Shore Connector construction. This is the first step in eventually reopening all lanes of the intersection. Currently, vehicles may only travel westbound on Penn across Stanwix. That lane is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 19 at noon.


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