Latest Rail News

The town of Middlebury, Vt., is applying for a $15,000 federal grant to plan for a local, passenger rail station in anticipation of ramped-up train service along the western part of the state, the Addison Independent reports.

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The December 6 opening of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail Green Line means more than just transportation from 15 new locations, it is the addition of 15 new pieces to the transit agency's acclaimed public art collection.

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Los Angeles' Metro will hold a Community Open House on December 1, in the City of Hawthorne, Calif., to update the community on various proposed sites for a maintenance facility selected for environmental review as part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project light rail line.

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A deteriorated CTA bridge on the Red Line has an important story to tell about the health of the rail system's viaducts, the Chicago Tribune reports. Each day, thousands of CTA elevated trains operate across 564 bridges, many 80-to-100 years old.

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In July 2005, former Sioux Falls, S.D., Mayor Dave Munson stood on the east bank of the Big Sioux River near the white monolith of the abandoned Zip Feed Mill, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. He looked west toward downtown and at rows of railroad tracks before him and imagined the future. In his mind, new retail, residential, commercial and entertainment development enlivened the east bank. The tracks were gone.

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The following closure is required to perform construction related to the supporting piers for the new Metrorail extension in the Miami area: Two-month closure of SR 112/Airport Expressway westbound exit ramp to NW 27th Avenue.

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The Chicago Transit Authority joins the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra and Pace to present the 14th Annual Transportation Symposium & Business Exchange.  The symposium takes place on Tuesday, November 30 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

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The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) said that the entire northbound platform at the BWI MARC/Amtrak Station would be open for passengers at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. A portion of the northbound platform has been closed to MARC commuters and Amtrak passengers during construction, but barriers will be removed Wednesday morning, Nov. 24, and crews will complete final detail work after the holiday. The improved, longer platform will open in time to ease the expected rush of Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

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A non-profit community group that has earned accolades for efforts to keep New York City clean is sending work crews out to help MTA Long Island Rail Road undo the unsightly work of graffiti vandals scarring LIRR bridges, most in Greater Jamaica. The LIRR is partnering in the pilot program with NYC Community Cleanup, an organization that targets litter and vandalism by deploying non-violent offenders doing community service time. NYC Community Cleanup is a creation of the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the state Office of Court Administration, the Office of the Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinator and the Queens District Attorney and it develops innovative approaches to public safety problems.

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VIA Rail Canada has selected KMI, a software firm based in Oakville, Ont., to upgrade the corporation's environmental and safety management systems. The C$270,000 contract, which is entirely funded by the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, will provide VIA with KMI's integrated software to centralize environment, health and safety data collection, event reporting and analysis throughout the corporation's coast-to-coast network. KMI's Incident Management, Corrective Action, and Reporting & Dashboard systems will be implemented at all VIA locations across Canada by the end of the year.

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