Latest Rail News

As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to support economic development by strengthening public transit and rail service, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas joined MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan to announce the groundbreaking of the $17.4-million Haverhill Commuter Rail Project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The project complements a $50-million ARRA-funded double-tracking and rail improvement project on the Fitchburg commuter rail line.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invited the public to a special community meeting on May 18 to hear an update on the proposed alignments linking the potential Century City and Westwood/UCLA stations being examined as part of the Westside Subway Extension Project environmental study now under review.

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The first trains to use the Greenville, N.C, new railroad connector rolled through the city the evening of May 3, The Daily Reflector reports. The connector, constructed this year to relieve traffic problems at several city train crossings, is located at the intersection of 14th and Beatty streets near Garris Evans Lumber Company. It's the first major step in ongoing efforts to address train traffic in the city.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road service on the Main Line east of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., will be affected by two grade crossing renewal projects during two weeks in May. The Peconic Lane crossing in Peconic will be reconstructed during the week of May 10 through May 14 and the Horton Lane crossing in Southold will be reconstructed during the week of May 17-May 21.


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Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a field hearing Monday in Miami to review national high-speed rail plans, including Florida's project to build a high-speed line between Miami and Tampa via Orlando partly funded by Obama administration stimulus money, the Miami Herald reports. While Florida sought $2.5 billion for the Tampa-Orlando stretch and $30 million to advance the Orlando-Miami leg, the Federal Railroad Administration granted Florida $1.25 billion for Tampa-Orlando and nothing for Orlando-Miami.

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During the last eight months, Frankfort residents have spent more than $1 million on new landscaping, courtesy of the Canadian National Railway, the Southtown Star reports. And they're not done yet.

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IBM unveiled a new software framework designed to transform the way airlines and rail companies track and manage critical aspects of their businesses. Transportation systems are tremendously asset-intensive and use large amounts of energy. Using IBM's advanced information management, analytics, automation and process integration software, airlines and rail companies can model and manage optimal routes, schedules, and capacity in near real-time and ultimately improve the consumer's travel experience while minimizing energy costs.

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CN said today that customer-focused innovation and balanced accountability among transportation partners are the keys to improving the effectiveness of Canada's logistics supply chain. CN, in a submission to the Rail Freight Service Review panel appointed by the Canadian government, said hard facts compiled for the panel establish the quality of CN's rail transportation product, most notably in terms of hub-to-hub transit time performance.

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CN has reached a voluntary mitigation agreement (VMA) with the Village of Barrington Hills, Ill., located approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago, addressing the municipality's environmental and safety concerns with CN's acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company. With this agreement, CN has VMAs with 22 of the 33 communities situated on the EJ&E in Illinois and Indiana.

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Construction begins Monday, May 3, on a rainwater control project in San Bruno, Calif., the first step in a grade-separation project that will result in dramatic safety improvements at a key series of intersections in that community. Caltrain will build a new underground box culvert to divert water away from the area during the construction and help reduce flooding in the neighborhood east of the railroad tracks.

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