Latest Rail News

Vans will replace trains between Oyster Bay and Locust Valley on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Oyster Bay Branch November 21-22 as work continues on the replacement of the West Shore Road railroad bridge in Mill Neck. While the work is performed this weekend, West Shore Road will remain open for highway traffic, there will be no detour route required.


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All trains on the Blue Line rapid transit line from Boston to Revere, Mass., have been upgraded from four to six cars, enabling the "T" to carry more passengers. The transition began and was completed this fall.

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The Chicago Transit Authority is undertaking a study of the Red Line North and Purple Line - from the Addison Red Line station to Linden on the Purple Line - that will provide guidance for doing major rehabilitation work in the future, pending funding availability. As part of this Vision Study, the public is invited to provide input and feedback regarding these stations at a series of four open houses at various locations on the North Side and in Evanston.

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CSX Transportation has put on hold two bridge projects in Medina County, Ohio, while details are worked out between the railroad company and county officials, according to the Medina County Gazette. A third project - replacing the 103-year-old bridge at Mud Lake Road in Westfield Township - is scheduled to begin early next year. The rebuilt bridge will allow double-stacked containers on rail cars to pass under it.

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A $4.8-million federal grant will let Riverhead Town, N.Y., live out its longtime dream of having freight trains running to and from the Enterprise Park at Calverton, the Riverhead News Review reports. The entire cost of rehabbing the Calverton rail spur, ...

For the first time in 38 years, passenger rail service is returning to the community of Stanwood/Camano Island with daily Amtrak Cascades train service making two morning and two evening stops at a new rail station beginning the morning of Saturday, November 21.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval Grade-crossing safety improvements in three communities across the state. ICC OKed the installation of automatic flashing light signals and gates at the 130th Street grade crossing of BNSF track located near Cameron, Warren County. The estimated cost to install automatic flashing light signals and gates is $234,377. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund will be used to pay 95 percent of the warning device installation costs, not to exceed $222,658. BNSF will pay all remaining installation costs, as well as all future operating and maintenance costs.

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A $14.7-million rail improvement project in Cary, N.C., will construct a new grade-separated crossing under the railroad near Walker Street, local newspapers report. The crossing will provide an alternative emergency service connection from south to north Cary, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.


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Dayton, Ohio, city officials are in discussions with Norfolk Southern to tear down an abandoned train trestle bridge now used as a tent-housing complex by the area's homeless, local newspapers report. Engineers from the city and railway company examined the bridge that runs over South Patterson Boulevard, just south of Apple Street, within the last two weeks, city spokesman Tom Biedenharn confirmed. He said no decision has been made about the bridge's fate.

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The Federal Highway Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation and Association of American Railroads have agreed to modifications to the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program in response to changing needs. In particular, much of the Central Corridor, as defined in the original CREATE Feasibility Plan & Preliminary Screening is no longer required. Major portions of the southern half of the Central Corridor are being retained, however, to provide an alternate route for freight trains, in order to free up capacity on the existing route (over the Norfolk Southern Chicago Line) for Amtrak trains from New Orleans and Carbondale into Chicago Union Station, while minimizing impacts to Amtrak and freight service already using this line.


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