Latest Rail News

Improvements by Pan Am Southern to the rail route from Mechanicville, N.Y., to Ayer, Mass., in the last year have increased capacity and speeds on the line and have the company looking at further opportunities in New England, including the Fitchburg area, the Worcester Telegram reports.

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Where there's a will there isn't always a way, if the way in question is a railway, said Toms Mills in a column in the Sault Star. Both the federal and provincial governments are apparently solidly behind providing money for infrastructure improvements to keep the shortline railway operating between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. Sault Star But though signals are showing green, the money is stalled on a siding somewhere. Squabbling over what program will be the funding vehicle, or whether the province will sign on to a federal cost-sharing infrastructure scheme, seems to be holding things up.

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Persistence is paying off in a big way for Levelland, Texas, suggests the dust flying above a 300-acre tract on the south side of Highway 114 east of the city, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports. Construction is in the early phases of the Levelland Industrial Rail Park, which already has two companies signed on the dotted line on a site that's expected to attract $100 million in capital improvements and 1,000 new jobs to the Hockley County seat.

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Norfolk Southern will break ground on its Greencastle, Pa., intermodal rail facility this summer despite news coming from Capitol Hill, a spokesman said, the Herald-Mail reports. The mix of proposed legislation and funding denials that is troubling company executives and local legislators has yet to slow the Greencastle project, said Rudy Husband, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern.

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"News of the 46-percent cost overruns of the light rail project in Norfolk has some people wanting to throw out the baby with the bath water. We shouldn't," said Gene Waters, a former Chesapeake City Council member, light rail committee chairman and an HRT commissioner. "I personally observed the hard work, integrity and dedication of both commissioners and staff at Hampton Roads Transit. After discovering the cost overruns, I'm sure it was very difficult for Norfolk's HRT representative, Councilman Randy Wright and others to request the resignation of then-HRT chief Michael Townes.

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Long touted as a "green" project that will reduce pollution, Norfolk Southern's proposed truck-to-rail terminal in western Fayette County could pose a threat to the source of Memphis' drinking water, The Commercial Appeal reported.

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Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday, March 15-19 between the San Mateo and Redwood City stations.

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The federal Surface Transportation Board today will hold a public hearing this spring in Maine on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway's application to abandon 233 miles of rail line in ...

An international expert on transit systems provided the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Board of Directors with a verbal assessment of the transit agency so that the Board could use that analysis during the transition to an interim and then permanent general manager.





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The U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Miss., remained in "fair-to-good" condition in 2009 - so says an early version of the 80-year-old structure's annual inspection report, according to the Vicksburg Post. Prepared by Baton Rouge-based G.E.C., the report comes to the same conclusion as the previous two assessments.

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