Latest Rail News

Amtrak told local and state officials that replacing the Niantic River bridge in Connecticut will take three years and work on the much smaller Miamicock Bridge would begin Dec. 17, The Day reports.

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The Regional Transportation Authority approved the Chicago Transit Authority's $1.27-billion budget for 2010. The budget includes management efficiencies, elimination of more than 1,000 jobs and service reductions. In total, the CTA's 2010 operating budget is nearly $1 million lower than the projected 2009 operating budget.

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The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is set to begin national bargaining with the National Carriers' Conference Committee in January. The BMWED will be bargaining on a coordinated national basis as part of the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. The RLBC is comprised of six national rail unions, representing more than 70,000 railroad employees, including; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division - IBT, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - IBT, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers, and Helpers, National Conference of Firemen & Oilers - SEIU, Sheet Metal Workers' National Association.


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The Lexington, N.C., City Council heard an on progress to open a passenger rail stop in downtown Lexington, which could be operational as soon as 2015, The Dispatch reported.

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AirTrain JFK, which connects travelers by rail to and from the airport, is celebrating its sixth year in operation. Since its first year, ridership on the service has literally doubled as airport travelers learn that it is the quickest, least expensive way to get to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings in San Mateo County, will continue Dec. 20-23. The schedule includes Fair Oaks Lane and Watkins Avenue, Atherton and Oak Grove and Ravenswood avenues on Menlo Park


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Track maintenance on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Red and Blue lines Dec. 18-20 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips. 

 

Metrorail customers traveling between the Fort Totten and Silver Spring Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because Metro will be making track circuit upgrades at the Takoma Metrorail station. Trains will share one track between these locations the entire weekend from 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18, to closing (midnight) on Dec. 20. 




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The Association of American Railroads issued the following statement by AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger in response to the Senate Commerce Committee markup of the STB Reauthorization Bill:

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a transportation bill that will provide new funding to Tri-Rail, South Florida's cash-trapped commuter train, and boost billion-dollar rail projects in the Central Florida region, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

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The railroad tracks from Boston to Washington - the busiest rail artery in the nation, and one that also carries America's only high-speed train, the Acela - have been virtually shut out of $8 billion worth of federal stimulus money set aside for high-speed rail projects because of a strict environmental review required by the Obama administration, according to the Boston Globe. Because such a review would take years, states along the Northeast rail corridor are not able to pursue stimulus money for a variety of crucial upgrades.

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