Latest Rail News

The downtown Tulsa, Okla., area is now a quiet zone for train horns, officials said. The "quiet zone," or Downtown Sealed Corridor Project, which consists of five extended railroad crossings, requires railroad operators to not blow their horns in designated downtown areas except in emergency instances, the Tulsa World reports.

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If efforts to re-establish passenger rail service in Hardin County, Ken., were a children's story, it would be titled, "The Little Engine that Couldn't." 

Regardless of how tall that hill may be, though, two recent developments have given at least some steam to the possibility, local newsppers report.

 

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Officials are calling it Laurinburg's not-so great train robbery, The Laurinburg, N.C., Exchange reports. Someone stole about 800 feet of railroad beams and caused several train cars to derail. The accident occurred on some tracks between McFarland and Shaw Currie roads.

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Beginning February 20 BART will need to run northbound Pittsburg/Bay Point line trains on a single track due to ongoing weekend track work for the Central Contra Costa Crossover Project. Single-tracking will take place on weekends only and BART expects to end this work in mid-May. Single-tracking trains may result in slight delays of up to 10 to 15 minutes on weekend trains going toward Pittsburg/Bay Point Station.


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Track maintenance on the Orange Line in the Washington, D.C., area Feb. 19-2 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track.

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Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger said that freight railroads are at a critical point in their history as the industry is facing new challenges from over-burdensome federal regulatory mandates that could seriously undercut the industry's ability to aid in U.S. economic recovery

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A New Jersey construction company could begin restoring the long-dormant railroad extension in Calverton, N.Y., as early as mid-March, with the possibility of work being completed by summer's end, officials said. Freight trains could start heading into the Enterprise Park at Calverton, or EPCAL, soon after the job wraps up, said town community development director Chris Kempner, the Riverhead, N.Y., News-Review reports.

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CSX Corp. is set to begin discussions with officials in Worcester, Westboro, East Brookfield and West Springfield, Mass., about plans to shift more freight operations out of Boston to freight yards in those communities, the Worcester Times reports. The changes come as part of a plan to expand commuter rail service on the Boston to Worcester line and to raise bridges between Route 128 and New York to make room for double-stacked freight trains.

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An often-contentious plan to separate railroad tracks in Colton, Calif., is among 51 projects nationwide set to receive millions in federal stimulus funds, although local officials never identified it as a top regional priority, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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New America THINKS survey results from HNTB Corporation illustrate transit and passenger rail remain top of mind after the Obama administration's $8-billion high-speed rail grant announcement last month.

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