Latest Rail News

After a closed session personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse said that Metrolink has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer John E. Fenton, effective April 16, 2010. Fenton was chosen after a national search conducted by the Board of Directors with assistance from interim Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley. Fenton brings a broad base of experience to the position, both in transportation services and executive management.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be conducting several community meetings to update the public on the latest developments on the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project April 9 thru 17 and invites community participation.

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More than 80 percent of transit systems are raising fares or cutting service due to state and local revenue declines, a transit industry organization reported. Houston METRO is not.

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Those who can operate trains, repair locomotives, and maintain railroad tracks may find increased job opportunities in the Lycoming Valley in Pennsylvania soon, the Daily Item reports. Lycoming Valley Railroad Co. is seeing an upsurge in demand for transportation of supplies needed by contractors serving Marcellus Shale drillers. 


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Beginning April 5, passengers aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will get a chance to try out the train's new Wi-Fi system. For the last several months, only a group of 50-volunteer participants have been given access to test the system. Now, the final test phase is being opened to all passengers for the next 90-days to work out any remaining bugs in the system.

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The Mississippi Senate last week approved $15 million in matching funds toward the reconstruction of a 90-mile stretch of the former Columbus and Greenville Railway line, The Commercial Dispatch reports. The North Central Mississippi Railroad Authority won't receive the $15 million, howev ...

ENSCO, Inc. announced that it has received an initial $7.8-million contract for a self-propelled Track Geometry Vehicle. The contract was awarded by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro). The TGV will be a diesel powered rail vehicle specifically designed to inspect WMATA tracks in order to ensure track safety on the complete WMATA system. Delivery of the vehicle is scheduled for March 2012. ENSCO has teamed with Plasser American for this effort, which will supply the base vehicle.

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Stella-Jones Inc. has completed the acquisition of Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition expands Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie market and provides the company with coal tar distillation operations. Stella-Jones' North American wood treating infrastructure now consists of 19 facilities, 11 of which are located in the United States.

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Indiana Southern Railroad, a RailAmerica Inc. property, has been contracted by the Perry County Port Authority in Tell City, Ind., to provide management services for the Hoosier Southern Railroad. ISRR will be responsible for leading all aspects of the rail operations of HOS - managing safety and training programs; directing sales, marketing and industrial development efforts; handling purchasing; and managing the bulk storage facility - while reporting to the Port Authority.

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The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) released its 2009 Annual Report today, with audited financial statements showing earnings of $13.9 million on total revenues of $169.4 million.

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