Latest Rail News

Track maintenance on the Orange Line in the Washington, D.C., area Feb. 19-2 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track.

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Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger said that freight railroads are at a critical point in their history as the industry is facing new challenges from over-burdensome federal regulatory mandates that could seriously undercut the industry's ability to aid in U.S. economic recovery

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A New Jersey construction company could begin restoring the long-dormant railroad extension in Calverton, N.Y., as early as mid-March, with the possibility of work being completed by summer's end, officials said. Freight trains could start heading into the Enterprise Park at Calverton, or EPCAL, soon after the job wraps up, said town community development director Chris Kempner, the Riverhead, N.Y., News-Review reports.

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CSX Corp. is set to begin discussions with officials in Worcester, Westboro, East Brookfield and West Springfield, Mass., about plans to shift more freight operations out of Boston to freight yards in those communities, the Worcester Times reports. The changes come as part of a plan to expand commuter rail service on the Boston to Worcester line and to raise bridges between Route 128 and New York to make room for double-stacked freight trains.

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An often-contentious plan to separate railroad tracks in Colton, Calif., is among 51 projects nationwide set to receive millions in federal stimulus funds, although local officials never identified it as a top regional priority, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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New America THINKS survey results from HNTB Corporation illustrate transit and passenger rail remain top of mind after the Obama administration's $8-billion high-speed rail grant announcement last month.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to cut NJ Transit's subsidies comes just as the Atlantic City Rail Line is planning to expand, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Transit officials have proposed building a new station in Egg Harbor Township, near Galloway Township's Pomona section - a station that could turn into a major work transit hub for the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes Technical Center and future businesses such as the Next Generation Aviation Research and Technical Park. This comes as lines across the state already have seen numerous service cuts - including a popular early morning Atlantic City-to-Philadelphia run that was canceled less than a month ago.

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The $100-million federal grant awarded to the Chicago region Feb. 17 to unclog rail congestion will benefit Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads and Chicago Fire soccer aficionados along with freight haulers, motorists and rail passengers, the Chicago Tribune reports. That's because $20 million of that money will go toward building a rail/highway underpass on 71st Street, west of Harlem Avenue and across from Bridgeview's Toyota Park, a 28,000-seat sports and music venue.

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Two train systems meant to usher in a new era of transportation in Metro Orlando, Fla., are slated to run along separate tracks that will intersect west of Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But, as it stands, there is no planned connection where passengers from the $1.2-billion SunRail commuter train could transfer to the $2.6-billion high-speed train or vice versa. How is that possible?

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Competition for the $1.5 billion in TIGER grants awarded Wednesday was grrrrrreat. But the results weren't so great for Kansas, which got skunked, according to a column by Rob Roberts in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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