Latest Rail News

Greenville, N.C., officials will break ground on a railway connector track Nov. 30 that should relieve the majority of traffic backups caused by the railroad switching station, The Daily Reflector reports.  Vehicles are held up as often as three times daily on Arlington Boulevard, 14th and Evans streets while trains change direction in that area.

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Unlike a normal railroad grade crossing, at which cars must stop to let trains go by, the one proposed for the rail spur leading into the Calverton Enterprise Park would be just the opposite, the Riverhead, N.Y., Times Review reports. A freight train using the spur would come to a complete stop prior to crossing River Road, a conductor would get off and check for any cars, and would then signal the train to cross the street.

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Watco Transportation Services, Inc., began operations of a new railroad, the Boise Valley Railroad on November 23. Additional manpower and locomotive resources were on hand to provide effective first day service on both the 11-mile Wilder Branch and the 25-mile Boise Cut-off. Each job left the yard with more than 40 railcars.

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Union Pacific opened its Donner Pass route to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic Nov. 19, marking the completion of a 12-month project designed to move customer products over a shorter, faster and more efficient route.

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Illinois State Rep. Don Moffitt called Galesburg, Ill., "the crossroads of America," while delivering the keynote address at the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon, according to The Register-Mail. Moffitt spoke of things for which he was thankful. Topping the list was a vision to help BNSF as the foundation of economic development in Galesburg.



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A special lawmaking session on high-speed and commuter rail inched closer as legislative leaders and the governor said they are ready to tap surplus money in the transportation budget rather than raise taxes on rental cars to help pay for the transit projects, the Miami Herald reports. The surplus money -- about $76 million over the next two years -- should be enough to help fill a hole in South Florida's Tri-Rail system.

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The chairman of the Sauk County, Wis., Board called for closer coordination between parties involved in railroad projects that could have economic impacts the area, the Baraboo News Republic reports.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit's light rail expansion is being recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects, compiled by the Washington, D.C., consulting firm CG/LA Infrastructure LLC.

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The new US 62/US 641 Tennessee River Bridge below Kentucky Dam should be opened to traffic Nov. 25, the West Kentucky Star reports. US 62 and US 641, which run concurrently through the area, have been closed at the site since September 9 and traffic detoured via Interstate 24 as the new bridge approaches were completed and connected to existing highways.

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In its continuing efforts to improve lighting inside Metrorail stations, Washington, D.C., Metro officials are testing a new bank of lights on the mezzanine level at one entrance to the Judiciary Square Metrorail station - the F Street entrance. 



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