Latest Rail News

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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Medina, Ohio, will upgrade several railroad crossing signals and surfaces within city limits in order to meet recently changed state and federal safety regulations. In addition, officials have discussed the possibility of transforming the area, which is in the city's southern portion, into a railroad quiet zone, the Medina Sun reports.

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Britt, Iowa, city officials are considering a costlier option in an effort to avoid future repairs to several damaged railroad crossings within the city, the Britt Summit reports. At its regular February meeting, the Britt City Council instructed Mayor David Mitchell to continue exploring a reconstruction option for three separate crossings throughout the city, an option that could cost the city an additional $10-12,000 per crossing but ensure a longer life span for each track.

 

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During a special ceremony on Feb. 18, Miami-Dade County officials renamed the Metromover facility in downtown Miami to posthumously honor Miami-Dade Transit employee Joseph Bryant. Bryant was a dedicated employee for 28 years, of which 15 years were spent in the Metromover Maintenance Division, where Bryant rose through the ranks to become a Metromover maintenance supervisor before losing his life while on duty the evening of June 19, 2009.


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Two separate construction projects in Philadelphia will alter SEPTA's Broad Street Line service the weekend of Feb 19-21. From 8 p.m. Feb. 19 through 4 p.m. Feb. 21, Broad Street line trains will not stop at Fairmount Station as construction continues at Spring Garden Station. Riders traveling northbound who wish to go to Fairmount Avenue will have to exit the Broad Street Subway at Spring Garden Street and transfer to the Route C bus. Southbound passengers will have to exit at Girard Avenue to transfer to the Route C bus to Fairmount Avenue.


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The Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U. S. Department of Transportation said that R. J. Corman Railroad Group's Appalachian Regional Shortline Project has been awarded a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant of $17,551,028.  This transportation infrastructure grant will be matched by a 20 percent company investment of $4,187,758 and by $200,000 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky bringing the total project investment to $21,938,786. These funds will enable the rehabilitation of hundreds of miles on five unconnected shortline railroads in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. 

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CSX congratulated Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and the National Gateway coalition on the award of $98 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant money. The funds will go immediately to construction projects that enhance the use of fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly freight rail.

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One year to the day after President Obama signed the historic American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will announce Recovery Act awards to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects.

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The right lane of southbound Route 123 between Scotts Crossing Road and the I-495 Capital Beltway Inner Loop will close for approximately two years beginning on or about Monday, Feb. 22. The closing had been previously scheduled to begin on or about Feb. 8 but the recent snowstorms forced a delay.

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