Latest Rail News

Sealy, Texas, residents could hear a few less trains blow their horns while passing through town within a year as the city moves forward with plans to construct a quiet zone stretching the length of the city, the Sealy News reports.

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BART and Caltrans will need to close a portion of westbound Interstate 580 in the Dublin/Pleasanton area beginning 11p.m. on Saturday, June 19 through 9 a.m. Sunday, June 20. Ramps from Interstate 680 leading to the impacted segment of I-580 will also be closed. These closures are necessary to accommodate construction crews as they install bridges perpendicular to the highway, which will provide access to the new West Dublin/Pleasanton Station.

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Union Pacific is investing more than $7 million to improve the rail line that runs from East Clinton, Ill., to near Dixon, Ill.  Work on the 46-mile stretch of railroad track began June 7 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. The project includes removing and installing more than 50,000 ties, spreading 16,700 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed and replacing 41 grade crossing surfaces.


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Burns & McDonnell has reached an agreement to acquire Harrington & Cortelyou, Inc., a consulting engineering firm with a well-established national reputation for engineering design of fixed and movable highway and railway bridges. Based in Downtown Kansas City, Harrington & Cortelyou has been providing engineering and construction management services since 1907. The firm has designed and supervised construction of more than 800 bridges in Missouri, including several major bridge improvements in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc., was selected as part of the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) team by the Denver Regional Transportation District (Denver RTD) to construct the 46-year, multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 commuter rail project. The DTP team, which will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the Eagle P3 Project, is made up of a group of transit industry experts including Balfour Beatty Rail, Fluor Corporation, Macquarie Capital Group Limited, Ames Construction, Hyundai-Rotem USA, Alternative Concepts, Inc. (ACI), Fluor/HDR Global Design Consultants, PBS&J, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Interfleet Technology, Systra, Wabtec and many others.

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For months now, former Anchorage, Alaska, Mayor Rick Mystrom has been pushing a huge railroad project -- in the Mat-Su, the Anchorage Daily News reports. It's one of the projects the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is banking on to make its 11-year-old Port MacKenzie viable.

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The Railroad Transportation Safety District recently talked about making changes to three Waverly crossings to create a nearly three-mile long quiet zone, where trains wouldn't have to blow their horns, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. The Federal Railroad Administration requires trains to blow horns at unprotected at-grade crossings, but they can be silenced if cities create quiet zones by beefing up safety features around crossings with raised medians, lights and gates.

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The nation's top transportation official expressed optimism that high-speed passenger rail will be widely available within two decades, and he praised Iowa's efforts to push for more passenger train service, the Des Moines Register reports.

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Township Committee has tentatively offered to foot part of the cost of creating a quiet zone at the Lehigh Road railway crossing in Branchburg, N.J., if homeowners put up $30,000 of the cost of equipment, local media report. The total cost of the improvements needed to silence train horns as they cross Lehigh Road is $36,000, according to Township Administrator Gregory Bonin.

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Canadian Pacific's acquisition of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. in 2008 was upheld by an appeals court, which rejected challenges by the Sierra Club and Metra, the Chicago area commuter rail agency, local media report.

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