Latest Rail News

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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The Maryland Transit Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of the completion of recent track maintenance that had affected weekend service since mid-June. Customer wait times for weekend trains have returned to the regular schedule of every 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Approximately one mile of the main line was single-tracked throughout the four-month long maintenance project that was completed this month. Weekday operation was not impacted.

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A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State Representative Joshua D. Shapiro and local government and community leaders at Crestmont (R2) Regional Rail station.

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Five years ago Nov. 23, Metro, the District of Columbia and the New York Avenue partners opened the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail station on the Red Line. Since its opening, ridership has climbed at the station each year and the station has become a catalyst for economic development. 


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As traffic continues to build up in Hampton Roads, Va., the money to add more roads or expand them is drying up on the state and federal level. Virginia DOT doesn't plan to give a cent to local cities for road projects for the next six years. Virginia's Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer says drivers in Hampton Roads need to look at alternative transportation like light rail.

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The New Mexico Rail Runner slips into Santa Fe on new tracks with modern signals to guard crossings. But the old tourist train travels to Lamy, N.M., on outdated infrastructure, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. That discrepancy was highlighted recently when the Santa Fe Southern Railway tourist train collided with a car crossing the spur line on Rabbit Road, just south of the city limits.

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BNSF has agreed to fund a significant amount of the cost of closing eight railroad crossings in Galesburg, Ill., to develop quiet zones, according to city engineer Wayne Carl,

 The Register-Mail reports.

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Amtrak is making major investments in the New York area to bring its bridges, tracks and other infrastructure up to a state of good repair, increase track speeds and improve operations, including a soon-to-start $10-million project to rehabilitate the Pelham Bay Bridge located along the Northeast Corridor.

 

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