Latest Rail News

Philadelphia's SEPTA officials are talking safety with riders as part of National Escalator and Elevator Safety Awareness Week. The goal is to make travel safer by reminding customers to take some simple yet effective steps to stay out of harm's way. For example, when using elevators, always use handrails, stand in the middle facing forward and keep loose clothing away from edges. On elevators, don't force doors open or closed - and if you get stuck, push the "help" button and wait for assistance.

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Hulcher Services Inc. has opened a new full-service division in Montreal, Quebec. The new division is staffed and equipped to provide a broad range of services for railroads and general industry. Service offerings include railroad services, engineering work, transfer and load adjustments, industrial services, snow removal, flood control and emergency/disaster response.


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Nearly 200 cubic yards of trash and more than 400 old rail ties have been removed from the track area in and around Jamaica Station, completing one of the largest clean-up projects in the history of MTA Long Island Rail Road. The work was carried out by LIRR track maintenance workers over two weekends in October and November while a state-of-the-art switch and signal control system was being installed at Jamaica, a critical hub for the railroad.

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It's been nearly two years of legal battles over Canadian National Railway Company's purchase of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern rail line, and it all comes down to this, the Aurora Beacon-News reports. Sometime in the next four months, the U.S. Court of Appeals is expected to rule on whether Canadian National will have to pay more to separate grade crossings in Aurora and Lynwood, and whether the federal Surface Transportation Board conducted a thorough study of the impacts of the $300-million sale before approving it in 2008.

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Changes to the light-rail line pushed by Norfolk State University officials and agreed to by city leaders will cost city taxpayers $10 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. These costs are not new. They are included in the $338-million light-rail price tag, but after three years of negotiations, NSU, HRT and the city are nearing an agreement for the changes. They include moving a passenger station farther from campus and redesigning the storage and maintenance building.

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Ridership on Metra's Union Pacific North line dropped in September, reflecting widespread displeasure with schedule changes, which the commuter line was forced to rescind, the Chicago Tribune reports. The number of monthly passenger trips fell 10 percent to 820,462 compared with September 2009, according to recent figures.

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Saving time, money and being more environmentally friendly just got easier now that Metrolink in the Los Angeles area has implemented a BETA launch of its new, mobile Website.  Customers can visit Metrolinktrains.com from their web-enabled cellular devices and they will automatically be directed to the new mobile site. 

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In an effort to bring attention to the ground-breaking work being done in recycling, Axion International producer of the recycled, composite plastic industrial building products, takes the occasion of November 15, "America Recycles Day," to call upon American consumers and manufacturers to increase recycling efforts to help build a better, greener and more sustainable future.

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First up was a $100-million company that operates eight railroads in two countries, a firm that brought four of its top executives to town to try to answer any question posed to them, the Glens Falls, N.Y., Post-Star reports. Next was a train conductor from Pennsylvania who has no funding, no equipment and no experience running an operating railroad.

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GO Transit will be expanding rail service on the Georgetown line to Toronto-area suburbs Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Acton, with service scheduled to begin by the end of 2011.

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