Latest Rail News

Illinois is already investing to make way for a high-speed rail system expected to spread across the Midwest and hasten commutes between its major cities, The Christian Science Monitor reports. The projects are in preparation for the $2.6 billion President Obama promised the Midwest in January to modernize its transportation network with high-speed rail. That money is part of a larger $11-billion high-speed rail package made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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While it strongly supports a new regulation that requires railroads to implement technology capable of making rail movements safer, the Chlorine Institute, Inc. asked the Federal Railroad Administration to re-issue the rule with a corrected cost-benefit analysis.

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On behalf of the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors, ARRC Board Chairman John Binkley expressed congratulations to ARRC President & CEO Patrick Gamble on his selection as the new University of Alaska president. "He is deserving of the trust that the university regents have placed in Pat's leadership, management and familiarity with Alaskan issues," said Binkley.  

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HDR has been awarded a five-year contract for extensive on-call right-of-way services with Sound Transit, which provides mass transit in Washington's King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.


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The Canadian federal government and the railways must improve safety at high-risk crossings on busy passenger train routes, according to the country's transportation accident investigator, local media report.

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State transportation workers yesterday scrambled to empty the swimming pool-sized hole that opened in Newton, Mass., beneath MBTA tracks during the weekend rainstorm and will force thousands of commuters to rely on buses for another week or so, the Boston Globe reports.

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The Canadian National Railway has made a good start communicating with towns along the EJ&E railroad, but there's room for improvement, a federal audit concludes, according to the Daily Herald. And, it says, municipalities that have not yet struck deals with CN are critical of how it's handling the transition.

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An agreement is near regarding improvements around a long-sought railroad overpass in Colton, Calif., between railroad and local officials, as the overall project's fate heads to a state commission, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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Residents who drive near the BNSF railroad between Arlington and Marysville, Wash., will notice some construction until March 19, the Arlington Times reports. Gus Melonas, director of public affairs for the railway company, said that a 35-person work crew would be replacing wood rail ties on a seven-mile stretch of track between the two cities starting Monday, March 15.

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Officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division didn't exactly quell the concerns of those who gathered at a town hall meeting in Landis, N.C., the Salisbury Post reports. The meeting, which was an informal session held at Landis' town hall, was for area residents to ask rail officials questions about proposed rail corridor projects.

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