Latest Rail News

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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Treated-wood producer Stella-Jones expects more demand for its railway ties in new tracks and upgrades as the economy improves, The Canadian Press reports. Sales of railway ties at Stella-Jones increased 91 per cent in its third quarter to C$84.3 million, chief executive Brian McManus said.

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Restoration of the Columbus and Greenville Railway line in Mississippi could have far-reaching and long-lasting results, not just for the areas it touches directly but also for the entire nation, the Commercial Dispatch reports. As freight volumes and fuel costs increase, shippers will move toward rail and barge, prompting more rail activity.

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Northumberland-Quinte West Member of Parliament Rick Norlock, Peter Delanty, Mayor of Cobourg, and Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, General Counsel and Secretary of VIA Rail Canada, unveiled the design for VIA's enhanced and expanded Cobourg, Ont., passenger rail station. 

Representing an estimated investment of C$9 million, the project will receive C$1 million in funding from the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. This investment will provide modern, attractive facilities for passengers, with capacity to meet potential future growth.





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The following statement was issued by Amtrak to make clear its position on the Access to the Regions' Core (ARC) tunnel project in New Jersey: "Amtrak is not having formal discussions with NJ TRANSIT regarding a joint tunnel project and has no plans to purchase any NJT work related to the ARC project.

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Following a week of events launching GO Transit's first-ever Passenger Charter, GO riders in the Toronto area are getting a chance to tell their favorite customer service stories with the launch of the new Random Acts of GO-ness program.


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