Latest Rail News

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is an initiative in Northern California to provide a new passenger rail service along 70 miles of an existing Northwestern Pacific corridor. With the corridor having been out of service since 1994, the lead designer, HDR Engineering, required a high precision, as-built track geometry survey of the existing infrastructure.

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The industrial city within a city is taking shape on the south end of Joliet. Ill., the Herald-News reports. CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet -- a 4,000-acre, $2-billion project that is changing the landscape of a once rural edge of the city -- will begin to become a working industrial center in the coming months.

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San Bernardino County, Calif., transportation officials met a state deadline May 7 to keep a $202-million railroad overpass project on track, according to officials who negotiated the hastily finalized deal, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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A planned $100-million expansion of CSX Transportation's freight rail facilities near Franklin Street in Worcester, Mass., has been heralded by state and local officials as a major boon for economic development, the Worcester Business Journal reports. But just how many jobs the expansion will create, and what the impact on the local neighborhood will be, remains to be seen.

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The federal stimulus may be pumping greenbacks into the economy but it's also making a part of Woodside, N.Y., distinctly less green, the New York Daily News reports. Locals are steamed over Amtrak's brush-clearing effort that recently chopped down more than a hundred mature trees along rails running parallel to Northern Blvd.

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The Federal Railroad Administration has announced proposed rules to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards for high-speed and high-cant-deficiency train operations to promote safer rail vehicle and track interaction.

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Chicago Transit Authority Brown Line trains will be unable to enter the Loop from approximately 7:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9, due to structural maintenance work on the Wells Street Bridge. During this time, shuttle buses will replace rail service between the Merchandise Mart and the Clark/Lake stations. Brown Line trains will operate normally between the Kimball and Merchandise Mart stations.


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A study committee voted to start preliminary engineering on a $95.8-million downtown Milwaukee modern streetcar line, the Journal Sentinel reports. The Milwaukee Connector study committee voted, 3-1, to seek Federal Transit Administration approval for the engineering work on the streetcar, which would link downtown attractions to the lower east side with trips every 10 or 15 minutes, from early morning to late at night, seven days a week, for $1 a ride.

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Travelers heading to Washington, D.C., will be whizzing through University City, N.C., at 90 mph sometime in the next few years, and that is causing rail officials in Raleigh to look at changes to protect Charlotte's drivers, residents and trains, Carolina Weekly reports. Improvements are planned for 12 miles of the existing track starting south of N.C. 49 near Concord and reaching all the way to Orr Road in the University City area. The project is just one of a number of projects the N.C. Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railway plan along a much larger section of track.

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The federal Surface Transportation Board today reaffirmed its jurisdiction over DesertXpress, a planned high-speed rail line linking Las Vegas and Victorville, Calif.

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