Latest Rail News

A Plainview lawmaker is backing away from supporting Rochester, Minnesota's proposed railroad bypass, The Post-Bulletin reports. DFL House Assistant Majority Leader Andy Welti recently sent a letter to constituents who live along the potential rail route saying that it is time to start negotiating with the railroad.

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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has selected HDR to complete an environment assessment and preliminary engineering for extensions of the New Orleans streetcar network into the Central Business District and neighborhoods surrounding the French Quarter. HDR previously did the alternatives analysis identifying streetcar investments for these areas, and the related conceptual engineering.

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The Executive Committee of the American Wood Protection Association gave final approval on January 26 for listing of ACZA-treated railroad ties in the AWPA Book of Standards. Ammoniacal Copper Zinc Arsenate (ACZA) has been listed in AWPA standards since 1983 as an accepted wood preservative, but it was not listed for protection of ties. Recent pressures on creosote-treated ties led Arch Wood Protection, Inc., licensor of the Chemonite brand of ACZA-treated wood, to submit test data to AWPA membership for tie applications.

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Cutting-edge environmental technologies and green design will make the Northwest Ohio Terminal Facility, a new freight transit hub under construction in North Baltimore, Ohio, one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced freight terminals in the country.

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The construction of a new transit center in downtown San Francisco received a financial boost from a $171-million federal loan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The new Transbay Transit Center will connect the Bay Area to the rest of California, making daily commutes and longer trips easier, faster and more convenient.

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Union Pacific is investing nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona.  Projects under way in the first quarter 2010 include track renewal work in the Phoenix and Mesa areas, railroad tie replacement in Union Pacific's Phoenix and Tucson rail yards and railroad tie replacement on Union Pacific's main line between Casa Grande and Yuma.

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Beginning the weekend of Jan. 29-Feb 1 and running for nine consecutive weekends, MTA NYC Transit 7 Line trains will operate between Main Street-Flushing and Queensboro Plaza only. There will be no 7 train service between Grand Central in Manhattan and Long Island City. Fare-free shuttle buses will be available.

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As a part of its Great American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fifth Civic Conversation in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger rail stations with a focus on communities along the routes of the Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited and Heartland Flyer. The two-day workshop, January 27-28, includes information on design and planning guidelines and a how-to session on getting started on a station renewal project and the types of state and federal grants available for station improvements.

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As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency has been strengthening structures at the Daly City, Calif., station to withstand future earthquakes. Starting early February 2010, construction crews will start work inside the station. As a result, BART will close two fare gates at the south end of the station, which may result in delays during the peak morning and evening commute hours as riders pass through the remaining fare gates.

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SELECTAMARK'S Dutch distributor, Rhine Group BV, has won a major contract to protect the main rail infrastructure in the Netherlands from metal theft, using forensic marking product SelectaDNA. Rhine Group has been awarded the contract by Dutch rail company ProRail BV to combat trackside metal theft. The increased risk of stealing, transporting and handling SelectaDNA-marked copper and other metals is expected to deter thieves and have a significant impact on the number of incidents.

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