Latest Rail News

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said an agreement has been reached with the Chicago region's major transit agencies that will prevent fare increases for the Chicago Transit Authority and Pace paratransit services in 2010 and 2011. The agreement was made between the State of Illinois, the Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace.

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It is fitting an expansion project at the Newberry Rail Yard would be dedicated on Veterans Day, said Lycoming County, Pa., transportation planner Mark Murawski, according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. The railroads were instrumental in helping the nation win its wars by transporting men and equipment vital to the war effort. Today, railroads still are vital to the nation, he said Nov. 11 during a ceremony marking the opening of a bulk transfer facility at the rail yard.

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Because of the recession, Union Pacific Railroad officials said plans for its proposed intermodal facility in Santa Teresa, N.M., are on hold until the economy improves, the El Paso, Texas, Times reports.

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After two embarrassing defeats, the SunRail commuter train could be on the verge of winning approval in the Florida state Legislature, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Supporters are lining up votes and drafting a bill for a special session that could be held in Tallahassee during the week of Dec. 7.

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The battle of the borough train station continues as historians voiced concerns that the Victorian-style NJ Transit station will go through the winter with peeling paint and rotting holes in the wooden walls and window sills, the Asbury Park Press reports. NJ Transit officials confirmed there are no plans for work on the station until after next summer when contracts are scheduled to be awarded for repairs and painting. However, they insist the station is structurally sound.

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It's a project that could improve public transportation in Northeast Florida while also helping to bring back the historic LaVilla section of downtown Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reports. For almost 20 years, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation have been working on a plan to create a regional transportation center that would house Amtrak, Greyhound, bus rapid transit and, possibly, commuter rail -- all at the existing Prime Osborn Convention Center.

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The state of New Mexico and Union Pacific Railroad agreed on a land swap that will enable Santa Teresa, N.N., to become a major commercial and industrial hub, officials said Nov. 10, according to the El Paso, Texas, Times. Under the agreement, Union Pacific is trading a large ranch property in exchange for land near the Santa Teresa industrial park for its intermodal facility.

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A plan is in the works to eliminate some of the lengthy stoppages on Glenview Road caused by train traffic at the downtown Glenview, Ill., train station, the Sun-Times reports. If the General Assembly, Glenview and Metra make good on their funding pieces, Amtrak officials have agreed to move the stops for the Hiawatha and Empire Builder routes from the downtown Glenview Metra station to The Glen of North Glenview station.

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The Lake Zurich, Ill., Village Board gave its preliminary consensus for a property swap with Canadian National Railway at the board's meeting last week, which would result in CN building a 250-foot-tall communication tower in the village's industrial park rather than near downtown, according to local newspapers.

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South Los Angeles has won a significant victory as transportation officials recommended this week that a proposed transit corridor along Crenshaw Boulevard be a light-rail line rather than a less expensive dedicated busway, the Times reports.

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