Latest Rail News

The first public open house to discuss the Springfield rail corridor study drew more than 220 people to the Prairie Capital Convention Center April 20, the State Journal-Register reports. City and Sangamon County officials pushed for the study after the Illinois Department of Transportation concluded the Union Pacific/Third Street line would be the best route for high-speed passenger trains between Chicago and St. Louis. Local officials contend the analysis will find 10th Street is a better alternative for consolidated train traffic, possibly also including trains that now use 19th Street.

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Money for noise mitigation that was part of Frankfort, Ill.'s, settlement with the Canadian National Railway will be used to buy insulated windows and doors for nearby residents, the Chicago Tribune reports. The village has received a $2.7-million grant for noise mitigation projects from the CN. Village officials have been meeting with residents who live near CN's tracks to determine ways to tone down railroad noise.

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Norfolk Southern is on track to break ground later this year for its new intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pa., a company official told members of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, local media report.

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Following a national search, TriMet has selected Shelly Lomax as its new executive director of operations. Lomax has served as the interim executive since January. She will have direct responsibility for the Operations division, which includes all bus, MAX and WES operations and maintenance, system safety and security, accessible transportation, labor relations, facilities and planning and development. Operations has 2,100 employees and a $300-million budget.

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Leaving a little earlier in the morning or a little later in the afternoon will help ensure a punctual, uninterrupted ride for Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers through the middle of June. Maintenance work on the Union Pacific tracks near Sedalia is causing Amtrak to temporarily adjust its schedules from April 25 to June 16, 2010.

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The public is needed to provide input into the first phase of the Vancouver, B.C.,  UBC Line Rapid Transit Study. Community consultation meetings for this phase of the study start the week of April 19 and continue through mid-May.

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MTA New York City Transit is beginning an Alternatives Analysis Study that will look at improving transit service on the North Shore of Staten Island. The first open house will be held on April 22 to discuss the re-use of the former Staten Island Railway North Shore Branch. The public is invited to come and comment on potential alternatives to be considered, the goals and objectives of the study and other concerns.

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A familiar Philip Shucet project from his days as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation is now coming to Hampton Roads Transit, local media report. On April 22, Shucet, now president of HRT, will unveil the "HRT Performance Dashboard." The online tracking tool allows the public to see how efficiently HRT is completing tasks.

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As the Senate contemplates sweeping climate change legislation, the OneRail Coalition submitted a letter to Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph Leiberman (I-Conn.) urging them to carefully weigh the implications of such a policy on different transportation modes. The group urged the Senators to "ensure that such funds could not be misallocated to the detriment of sustainable, environmentally favorable and energy efficient transportation solutions."

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(The following editorial appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.) Unlike in the United States, air passengers stranded in Europe because of the effects of a volcano have more transportation options with highly interconnected and efficient trains, buses, and ferries.

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