Latest Rail News

The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry is resuming normal operations March 10, 2010. Ferry service was suspended January 4 due to heavy icing in the Hudson River. Ice floes subsequently damaged the floating dock in Newburgh, N.Y. All repairs have now been completed.

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A short-line railroad operator that lost a bid last year to operate the restored Piedmont & Northern Railroad in Gaston County, N.C., is back with another proposal, the Gaston Gazette reports. Bill Gray, president of Carolina Central Railway, could not come to terms with transportation officials on a lease agreement last year. But Gray said he plans to bid again on the state's latest request to find a long-term operator for the P&N Railroad.

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Some Ramsey, Minn., residents living near railroad tracks should be sleeping a little better, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Two of the city's five rail crossings have been designated quiet zones where engineers no longer must sound train horns as they approach. The zones, which went into effect late last month, will extend more than a mile from Sunfish Lake Boulevard west along the BNSF tracks to Ramsey Boulevard.

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At least three parties have expressed interest in purchasing the city of Keokuk's swing-span railroad bridge, which connects the southern Iowa town to Hamilton, Ill., the Burlington Hawkeye reports. After years of searching for a company willing to buy the bridge, city officials find the abrupt attention to the structure to be a refreshing change of events.

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Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Chairman of the All Party Rail Caucus Parliamentary Group, on behalf on Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and VIA's Senior Director, Real Estate, Magdy Fahmy announced the construction of a new station and rail line upgrading for Smiths Falls, Ont. Made possible by the Government of Canada's investments of close to C$21 million for major rail infrastructure work, the projects will increase and improve the safety, frequency and speed of passenger rail service all along VIA's busy Toronto-Ottawa route. MP Del Mastro and Senior Director Fahmy were joined at the announcement by Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples and Canadian Pacific Vice-President of Government Affairs Michael Murphy.

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Since the Federal Transit Administration's approval of $900 million in "new starts" funds to complete the financial package for construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project in northern Virginia in March 2009, construction has started all along the 11-mile alignment from East Falls Church to Reston. More than 95 percent of the construction of manholes and duct banks necessary for relocating the 21 utilities in the Route 7 alignment area has been completed. Some overhead power lines have been permanently removed and utility crews are now working in those manholes underground to connect the new lines.

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The federal agency in charge of $8 billion in economic stimulus spending on high-speed-rail projects doesn't have the staff or expertise to properly oversee the money, government investigators and congressional critics say. USA Today reports that the Federal Railroad Administration, whose main job until now had been keeping freight and passenger railroads safe, awarded the high-speed-rail grants in January -- months later than planned.

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The Maryland Transit Administration advises the public of an upcoming Amtrak project on the Northeast Corridor between New Carrollton and Baltimore that will impact MARC Train Penn line riders. This major track work project, replacing the crossties on the northbound track, will require Penn Line schedule changes approximately every 4-5 weeks for the next six months.
 

 

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Allowing the rail link between Aroostook County and the rest of the state to disappear would be economically devastating to the region. But, with limited resources, the state isn't in a good position to operate a financially troubled rail line, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.

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Kansas City Southern said that it has acquired the Puerta Mexico intermodal facility at Toluca in the State of Mexico. Later this month, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) will add direct train service from Lazaro Cardenas to Puerta Mexico, providing Mexico City import and export shippers with a service alternative featuring improved consistency and reliability and better transit times.

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