Latest Rail News

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Joseph Szabo announced historic safety regulations requiring that Positive Train Control technology be installed on the nation's major rail lines, as well as commuter and intercity passenger rail routes. PTC is an integrated set of technologies that will help avert train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speed, accidents caused by human error or misaligned switches and harm to roadway workers.

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A new street entrance to the underground corridors serving Grand Central Terminal in New York City is being built on the south side of 47th Street midway between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The new entrance will include a reversible escalator connecting the street level to the 47th Street cross passageway as well as a staircase from the street to the platform between Tracks 11 and 13 and from the platform down into the cross passageway. Currently the east end of the 47th Street cross passageway has no outlet.

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Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said that the state of America's passenger railroad is strong and it had set a first quarter ridership record carrying nearly 7.2 million passengers during the first three months of fiscal year 2010.

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Residents of the St. Louis region will have one last opportunity to help shape the next 30 years of public transit by attending the final round of public workshops that begin on January 19, 2010. Metro will present a draft of the "Moving Transit Forward" plan that will address the region's short-range, mid-range and long-range transit needs at the January meetings. The draft incorporates suggestions from the public collected during 18 workshops held in October and December.

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The Alaska Railroad is inviting the public to a series of open house to provide an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed Program of Projects for 2010. The open houses will showcase continuing and proposed capital improvement projects that are in various stages from conceptual planning to engineering and construction. Project managers will be on-hand to explain projects that are located all along the railroad system from Seward to Fairbanks.

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A proposed $9.1-million project to alleviate railroad-caused traffic congestion on North Grand Street in Amarillo, Texas, will move closer to starting Jan. 14 with a federally required public gathering, according to the Amarillo Globe-News Online. The proposal calls for construction of a bridge to carry Grand Street vehicle traffic over BNSF tracks adjacent to Southeast Third Avenue.

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Monroe, Ld., Mayor Jamie Mayo, District 1 Councilman Jay Marx and city engineer Sinyale Morrison will be in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 13-14 to meet with Kansas City Southern Railway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Haverty to discuss multiple local projects, the Monroe News Star reports.

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After a decade of talks, Centennial Park in Helena, Mont., is finally whole, the Helena Independent Record reports. BNSF officially donated a 9.1-acre former Great Northern spur line to the city last month, prompting an official thank-you from city commissioners this week.

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In early 2010, Seattle's Sound Transit will begin construction activities for the future Capitol Hill light rail station.  Before the station excavation can begin there are some early work activities that will be taking place over the next several weeks: 

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In recognition of the critical importance freight rail transportation offers shippers throughout the U.S., Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor program has been endorsed by 60 legislators on Capitol Hill as 2010 begins.

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