Latest Rail News

When the idea of an Atlanta-Chattanooga-Nashville high-speed train route was talked about publicly two years ago, proponents contended it should be given serious consideration, according to an editorial in the Nashville Tennessean. A $1-million feasibility study that had recently been conducted on the Nashville-to-Chattanooga leg showed the project to be doable, but that it would cost an estimated $5.4 billion in public and private dollars.

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The northbound platform at the Santa Clara, Calif., Station will be demolished this week. All passengers will board the train from a temporary platform. Passengers are asked to observe all posted signs and follow direction from identified ambassadors in the station. The temporary platform will be in use for approximately six months.

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EWI launched a first-of-its-kind Passenger Rail Manufacturing Center from its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of the Center is to develop and strengthen manufacturing supply chains for the rail and rolling stock industries, improve railroad product a ...
HJ Skelton has been awarded the special trackwork contract for both the Calgary West LRT Project and the Calgary NE and NW extensions. The contracts include the supply of concrete ties. The special trackwork, on both ballast and slab tracks, consists of a variet ...

A critical choke point on Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor has been eliminated with a reconfigured rail junction near Front Royal, Va. This was the final and most complex of six capacity improvement projects in Northern Virginia to handle more trains at higher speeds.

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The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) and Kiewit Pacific Co. signed a contract that awards Kiewit construction management and general contracting (CMGC) work for Phase One of the Northern Rail Extension. The first phase includes the Tanana River bridge and levee near Salcha, Alaska.

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The Wickford Junction/North Kingstown Station in Rhode Island, which received $4.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars will receive an additional $13.6 million New Starts grant to extend existing commuter rail service an additional 20 miles from Providence to Boston starting in 2012.

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Plans for an MBTA commuter rail station at the South Bay Shopping Center in Roxbury, Mass., moved a step closer to reality as the state issued a request for proposals for the $12-million project, the Boston Herald reports.

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Oklahoma could soon have a commuter rail transportation system to get people to and from work and ease travel, the Tulsa Beacon reports. 
State Rep. Charlie Joyner has been working to make that a possibility.
 Joyner met with representatives from Trinity Railroad Express, BNSF, Amtrak and Dallas Area Rapid Transit this week in Fort Worth to discuss the possibility of getting a commuter rail system in Oklahoma. He discussed the projected costs and pros and cons.


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August 20-22, Washington, D.C., Metro will upgrade its track, platforms and bridges on the Red, Blue and Yellow lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



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