Latest Rail News

Work to upgrade the electrical system at the Mineola Intermodal Center will make it necessary to close the four-level parking facility on the weekend of March 27 and 28. The seven Long Island Bus routes will still operate as will Long Island Rail Road train service at the Mineola station. However, shutting off the electricity so the system upgrades can be done will affect the lights, LIRR ticket selling machine in the Center's pedestrian overpass, electronic signs and elevators serving the Center's overpass.

--> ...

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who leads the second-largest U.S. city, said his plan to accelerate public-transit construction with a mix of local funding and federal aid can be used elsewhere as well, Bloomberg reports.

--> ...

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority passed five resolutions at its recent meeting, including: To commit $45,500 for Standard Contracting and Engineering Inc. to reconstruct the sidewalks and entrance to the West 25th Street station to meet ADA regulations. The firm is also working on replacing the station stairs. The station will be closed for one week during April or May, but it will be open for the Indians home opener on April 12. RTA will give a two-week notice before closing the station. About 80 percent of the work is being done with federal funds.

--> ...
Metro in Washington, D.C., has increased the speeds of Red Line trains between the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metrorail stations as track maintenance personnel continue to replace rail and rail fasteners during the overnight hours when the system is closed. 

Inbound Red Line trains traveling in the direction of Glenmont are operating at normal speeds, up to 59 mph. Outbound trains traveling in the direction of Shady Grove between Friendship Heights and Bethesda are operating at 35 to 40 mph. Metro anticipates having trains return to their normal speeds by next week. 



 

--> ...

On March 22, Capital Metro marked a momentous milestone as the transit agency welcomed its first passengers on Capital MetroRail, the first modern passenger rail system in Central Texas.

--> ...

Governor Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan appointed Richard A. Davey as MassDOT's new Rail and Transit Administrator.

--> ...

A slew of west Vancouver, Wash., railroad construction projects appear to be on the fast-track to begin construction this spring, The Columbian reports.

--> ...
Before the excavation of the Capitol Hill Station of the University Link light rail project can begin, there is a great deal of work needed to prepare the site. To prevent the sides of the excavation from collapsing once excavation begins, the contractor will use walls made of soldier piles and lagging. Steel beams are dug into the ground, and wooden or steel planks are placed between the beams to hold the earth in place.

 

--> ...

The plan to relocate a rail switching yard in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D., got a $40-million boost five years ago, but the project hasn't even begun, the Argus Leader reports. Though the project was scheduled to be completed 2009, the city still is working its way through an environmental review that could take the rest of this year.

--> ...

Amtrak said it is reorganizing and establishing a new department to pursue opportunities to develop new intercity high-speed rail service in select corridors around the country and to plan for major improvements on the Northeast Corridor, including determining the feasibility of increasing top speeds up to 220 mph.

--> ...
593
Page 593 of 722