Latest Rail News

The Canada Line in Vancouver, B.C., will undergo guideway maintenance on the nights of Sunday, Nov. 21, Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 11:30 p.m. until the close of service.


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FreightCar America, Inc., would begin production of 162 heavy-duty steel ballast cars for an undisclosed customer within a few months. This is a specialty car type with which FreightCar America has had significant experience since 2007. The 110-ton capacity cars feature automatic doors with a remote control and solar-powered activation system. This provides for additional productivity and operator safety during the unloading process.


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Construction by the Central Corridor Project in the Twin Cities is anticipated to begin in the next week for the West Bank. While the area has already seen construction near Washington and Cedar Avenue by utility companies preparing for Central Corridor, during the week of November 22, official Central Corridor Project construction will begin.

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Washington, D.C., Metro will temporarily close the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station entrance at 9th and D Sts., S.W., Nov. 26 through Dec. 8, due to a rehabilitation project in the promenade area adjacent to the station entrance. The entrance at 9th and D Sts. will reopen on Dec. 9. 

The entrances at 7th St. and Maryland Ave, S.W. and 7th and D St. S.W. will remain open. 




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Work will continue on the new pedestrian underpass at the Santa Clara, Calif., station. The underpass will connect the north- and southbound platforms, allowing two trains to pass through the station at the same time and improving safety for pedestrians in the station. Passengers at the station are boarding the train from a temporary platform that will be in use for approximately six months. The work is part of an 18-month station improvement project that will add a new wider, longer center-boarding platform and extend the southern platform 150 feet.


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Standing 12 stories tall, Houma's old steel train bridge that crosses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is an iconic fixture to those who grew up here, The Daily Comet reports. They remember the trains crossing the bridge in the 1970s and 80s or climbing atop the huge rust-covered structure following its permanent closure in 1991. After this year, however, the lift bridge will once again operate over the Intracoastal Waterway, though this time in Freeport, Texas.

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Steve Noonan has been named an assistant vice president in the Newark, N.J., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Noonan will manage PB's Northeast Rail Vehicle Group, responsible for vehicle and system technical inputs to planning and engineering projects, as well as management and administration of vehicle engineering and inspection support.

 

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U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that seven projects will share $50 million to help make the nation's rail system safer by facilitating deployment of Positive Train Control (PTC) collision avoidance systems and other advanced technologies. The projects will receive money through the new Railroad Safety Technology Grant (RSTG) program.

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A consortium of European companies is vying to finance and operate Florida's high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, the Sunshine State News reports. The group, headed by train maker Alstom SA of France, will undoubtedly face spirited competition in its bid for the multi-billion-dollar project. But the seven-company multinational consortium says no one can rival its combined experience and financial wherewithal.

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The City of Edgerton, Kan., announced that BNSF had issued its notice to proceed with construction of its intermodal facility near that city, the Gardner Edge reports. Mayor Don Robers was very pleased with this announcement. He said, "Let the work begin. We have been working with BNSF, the Allen Group, Johnson County, the State of Kansas and many other groups to make sure that we would be prepared for this day."

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