Latest Rail News

U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with her, state, and local officials in an effort to keep the important Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway operating in Northern Maine. Secretary LaHood pledged to send the Federal Railroad Administrator to Maine to work on a plan to keep the railway operating.

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Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the representative of Lower Manhattan and the senior Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said  there will be $156 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan. These federal funds, which Nadler supported, will be used for construction and improvements of the new Downtown transit hub. Improvements will focus on connections between stations, passageways, platforms, systems, and restoration of the historic Corbin building.


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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Jerry Nadler and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said that the United States Department of Transportation will allocate more than $274 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project and the Second Avenue Subway Project. The East Side Access Project will create a rail link from the Long Island Rail Road via the 63rd Street Tunnel to Grand Central Station that will help tens of thousands of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens commuters save hours on their daily commutes. The Second Avenue Subway Project will help to ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line, the most crowded subway line in the nation.

 

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A federal investigation has identified pervasive flaws in rail safety at Metro and severe inadequacies in the agency responsible for oversight. Findings released March 4 call for widespread changes in how the nation's second-busiest subway system is supervised and managed, the Washington Post reports.

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On March 5, Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill) joined House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig for the groundbreaking on the Englewood Flyover, which is now expected to begin this year thanks to $133 million in new federal funding.

 

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Engineers who design facilities and structures live in a cycle of planning and planning again, the BNSF electronic employee newsletter reports. But sometimes, even with the best of planning and looking "around the corner," a surprise comes along that requires a different approach. That's what happened with the Burlington, Iowa, bridge project, which involves rebuilding a bridge originally built in 1867-1868.

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MTA Long Island Rail Road customers using the busy Ronkonkoma Station now have almost 300 new parking spots available to them thanks to completion of a railroad-funded renovation project on the northeast side of the tracks in the Town of Brookhaven. The rehabilitation of the former dirt lot included drainage, curbs, asphalt paving, sidewalks, lighting, striping, signage, fencing and landscaping.

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Hundreds - perhaps thousands - of old creosote-soaked railroad ties dumped along a 30-mile stretch of the Deschutes River may be removed in coming months thanks to persistent cage-­rattling by Eugene, Ore., businessman and clean-water enthusiast John Brown, The Eugene Register-Guard reports.

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IMPulse NC LLC promoted of Jeffrey Wharton to president. Wharton previously served as executive vice president and general manager for the company. He has more than 30 years of transit construction and manufacturing experience and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Public Transportation Association, and as Chair of the APTA Business Member's Business Development Committee.


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Work on a $2.8 million project to add additional signals to the Caltrain signal system will take place between 8 p.m., March 8 and 4 a.m., March 9 at Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton, Calif.

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