Latest Rail News

Repairs to the Fredericksburg, Va., train station could be under way this summer, The Free Lance-Star reports. Virginia Railway Express received permission from its Operations Board to issue an invitation for construction bids to repair the drainage system in the station's railroad bridge.

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Momentum is building for running conventional passenger trains between Norfolk and Richmond, Va., as an interim step to getting high-speed rail, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The budget approved by the Virginia General Assembly last week waives a 30 percent match on state Rail Enhancement Funds, clearing a financial hurdle that will allow construction to begin later this year and for trains to run within three years.

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Los Angeles Metro will be conducting a second round of exploratory drillings March 22-April 7 as part of the planning and environmental analysis for the proposed Crenshaw /LAX Transit Corridor Project.

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Work on a $2.8-million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system took place from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 between the San Mateo and Redwood City stations.

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Elburn, Ill., Planning Commissioners revisited a past proposal to construct a pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks between the Metra station and the north side of the village, local newspapers report. They hope the village can pursue the project in the future to reduce risks for people walking across the railway to and from the station and their homes or downtown Elburn.

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The architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has signed a contract with the Moynihan Station Development Corporation to start design work on the first phase of the new Moynihan Station in New York City, the New York Times reports. The project, which was proposed by and later named for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, calls for converting the Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Post Office - across Eighth Avenue from Pennsylvania Station - into a train station.

 

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The Board of Trustees of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is scheduled to meet at March 23.

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The air smelled of fresh paint, not beer and food, March 18 inside Byrnes Irish Pub, Maine Today reports. Good reason. The business had hustled to have a grand opening March 17, just in time to be mobbed on St. Patrick's Day. Maine Street Station is a new mixed-use development in Brunswick that will include retail space, offices, a train station and perhaps a Concord bus operation. Patrick Byrnes is hopeful that the turnout is a sign of things to come. His family chose to expand here, from Bath, to take advantage of the planned arrival of Amtrak's Downeaster train service in 2012.

 

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U.S. District Court Judge John Kane on March 18 has denied a request by the Colorado Rail Passenger Association to stop construction at Denver Union Station related to the FasTracks regional rail-transit project, the Denver Business Journal reported. Construction on the project has begun, with the contractor, Kiewit Construction, slated to begin digging an underground bus station at Union Station this week.

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After more than 11 years, TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen said that he will be leaving the Portland, Ore., agency at the end of his contract to pursue other opportunities. He released the following statement regarding his announcement: "After 11.5 years at TriMet, I have decided to pursue other opportunities. And although the Board of Directors for whom I work hoped I would stay longer, I have informed them that I will leave at the end of my current contract, June 30, 2010.

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