Latest Rail News

New Lenox, Ill., Mayor Tim Baldermann is "confident" that he soon will be talking to Canadian National Railway officials before the village's battle against the company reaches the courts, the Southtown Star reports.

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The steel railroad bridge crossing high above Alhambra Avenue in Martinez, Calif., is known to local train buffs as both the Muir Trestle and Alhambra Trestle. Owned and operated by BNSF, the trestle has long been a recognizable Martinez landmark, and lately a conversation has resurfaced among local denizens about the trestle's appearance, the Martinez News-Gazette reports. Splotched with large patches of rust in between its fading gray paint, the structure is in need of a face-lift.

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The Alaska Railroad invites the public to an open house February 19 in Seward to provide an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. Open House displays are open to the public and will be set up in the inn's Mount Marathon meeting room. Displays will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects that are in various stages - from conceptual planning to engineering and construction.

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The CREATE Partners said that the CREATE Program will receive $133 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a critical rail/rail flyover near 63rd and State Streets in the Englewood community on the south side of Chicago. The flyover will carry the north-south Metra Rock Island commuter rail line over the east-west Norfolk Southern/Amtrak line, eliminating conflict between 78 Metra Rock Island trains and approximately 60 freight and Amtrak trains that presently cross at grade each day.

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HNTB Corporation and HNTB Holdings Ltd. named Peter Gertler a senior vice president. Gertler, who leads the firm's high-speed rail services group, is located in the firm's Oakland, Calif., office. Gertler has 23 years of experience in public transportation and program management, including conventional and high-speed rail across the United States and around the world.

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Stressing the importance of its intercity passenger rail service in Michigan, Amtrak said it will perform a high-speed rail improvement study that will focus on determining what infrastructure upgrades are needed to provide 110 mph train service on the Norfolk Southern-owned rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Detroit.

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A McMaster University researcher says the chance to save lives is a powerful motivation to develop a new safety system for rail transit workers, the Hamilton, Ont., Spectator reports. The university and Bombardier Transportation are working together on a C$1.4-million project to develop an automated system that could warn track workers and on-board personnel of possible danger while there is still time to avoid accidents.

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Supporters of consolidating Springfield, Ill., rail traffic on the 10th Street corridor plan to take a wish list of overpass construction, track relocation and other design improvements on an annual trip to Washington D.C. next month, The State Journal-Register reports. The list will exceed the $26.5 million sought for the same project last year, Gary Plummer, president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, said Friday.

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In broad strokes and fine detail, officials have revealed how they will pay $340 million for "the biggest project in the history" of Lincoln, Neb. -- turning a windswept rail yard into a home for a new downtown arena, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

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The MTA Long Island Rail Road's Stony Brook Station, on the Port Jefferson Branch, will undergo a $2.7-million renovation project starting February 1. A temporary trailer will serve as a waiting room during part of the work. Nine parking spaces will be temporarily out of service in order to stage materials and the trailer.

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