Latest Rail News

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration will make a further "down payment" toward an eventual commitment of $3 billion by approving a $765-million Early Systems Work Agreement amendment to continue and expand work on the Access to the Region's Core rail project, which will carry the rail line under the Hudson River. The agreement includes $385 million in federal funds matched by $380 million in local funding.

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On April 19, construction will begin on the western half of the inbound and outbound platforms at the Stone Avenue Station on the Metra BNSF Line in LaGrange, Ill. Commuters will only be able to board and exit the train from the east half of the platforms.

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California High-Speed Rail Authority representatives said the project's environmental impact report will be delayed until next year to help the agency deal with concerns from cities along the bullet train's proposed path, the Orange County Register reports.

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An unexpected about-face on the route to be used for new Chicago-Dubuque Amtrak train service leaves Genoa- and South Elgin-area leaders feeling bewildered, the Elgin Courier-News reports. But the decision makes it more likely that a new Metra commuter service could be set up in coming years from Elgin through Gilberts and Huntley to Belvidere and Rockford.

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Union Pacific will participate in more than 100 Earth Day events in nearly 70 communities in April. The events will include an array of activities such as tree plantings, beautification projects, hands-on school activities, shoe recycling programs and the annual Earth Day Fair at the Union Pacific Center in Omaha.

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Two street closures will affect both Port Authority riders and motorists in Pittsburgh April 16-19. On Friday, April 16 at 4 a.m., Port Authority contractors will fully close the intersection of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street in order to conduct backfill work associated with North Shore Connector construction. This is the first step in eventually reopening all lanes of the intersection. Currently, vehicles may only travel westbound on Penn across Stanwix. That lane is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 19 at noon.


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The Société de transport de Montréal said the elevator located in the St-Denis entrance to Berri-UQAM station would be open to the public from the time the métro opens on the morning of Friday, April 16. This completes the second phase of the elevator installation work at Berri-UQAM station, bringing the number of operational elevators in that station to three, making access to the Orange line, in either direction, easier for all public transit users.

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Metrorail customers in the Washington, D.C., area can expect delays of up to 40 minutes April 16-18 as old track components are replaced on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system. 

Riders planning to take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to area sports events this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel times.

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Utah Transit Authority and Salt Lake City will close a segment of North Temple Street starting April 18 for an 18-month rebuild of the North Temple viaduct. The viaduct, which crosses Union Pacific and UTA railroad tracks between 600 West and 300 West, will be demolished and rebuilt as part of the Airport TRAX light rail project.

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Two Pittsburgh-area companies that have served the railroad industry since the 1800s are competing to install 21st Century technology to prevent trains from colliding and from hitting workers on railways, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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