Latest Rail News

A morning swig from a plastic milk jug, the refrigerator where it was kept and the spoon used to shovel that first bite of breakfast - the journey these everyday items take from raw materials to finished products started at local railroad yards, according to the Redlands, Calif., Daily Facts.

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On Feb. 5, MPR President Bill Kling appeared on his radio network in an attempt to justify his lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council over the Central Corridor light-rail transit project.

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Union Pacific will improve Houston's transportation infrastructure with a $29 million investment to improve the rail line that runs from Spring, Texas, to the Washington Avenue Corridor. Work on the 23-mile stretch of railroad tracks will begin on the line that parallels the Hardy Toll Road February 18. Crews also will make track improvements to the rail line located along Washington Avenue between downtown Houston and Hempstead Road.

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Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation said that its Harsco Rail unit has been awarded a new $6-million order from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for production of Utility Track Vehicle (UTV) prime movers.

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A New Jersey-based company was awarded a $3.49-million construction contract to rebuild the Long Island Rail Road rail spur that leads into the Calverton, N.Y., Enterprise Park and hopes to get working on the railroad in March, local media report. The Riverhead Town Board awarded the contract to Railroad Construction Co. Inc., of Paterson, the lowest bidder. The highest bid came in at $6.7 million.

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12 February 2010

Railroad Crossroads

Although a private company has found it uneconomical to maintain rail lines through Aroostook County, Maine, it would be uneconomical for mills and other major employers in the region to be left without rail service. This is the dilemma facing state officials who are currently grappling with a budget shortfall of nearly $440 million, according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said that he plans meetings today with political and financial institutions in South Florida that are interested in bringing to life the long-gone Jacksonville-to-Miami passenger route along Florida East Coast Rail Road tracks, the St. Augustine Record reports.

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Feb. 16-18, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., crews will be finishing up work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program. Work will take place at the following locations: Oak Grove Avenue and Peninsula Avenue in Burlingame; Main Street and Chestnut Street In Redwood City; Villa Terrace Avenue and First Avenue in San Mateo; Encinal Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park; and Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton.

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As swirling snow shrouded eastern Queens, a yellow-and-black diesel train rumbled on the A subway line towards the Rockaways, lights flashing, sirens sounding, the New York Daily News reports. It was the peak of the near-blizzard. Snowdrifts threatened to force suspension of subway service to the peninsula. And NYC Transit had called in the artillery.

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At a recent meeting, the Moses Lake, Wash., City Council unanimously approved sending letters to lawmakers requesting federal funding to purchase a segment (Segment 4) of the Columbia Basin Railroad line that runs through the City of Moses. As part of the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, Segment 4 is slated to be vacated once a new bypass segment (Segment 1) northeast of Moses Lake is built.

 

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