Latest Rail News
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority approved a two-year contract extension for Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., the firm that operates the T. This is the second contract extension granted to the firm and allows operation of the T until July 2013 at a combined cost of $559.7 fo ...
Community leaders broke ground on The Port of Beaumont's rail improvement project that will add close to 40,000 feet of track to the port. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete and should reduce traffic congestion as well as greenhouse gasses in the city, increase rail velocity a ...
The City Council of Riverside, Calif., pledged $4.45 million of federal grants toward buying land for the $32 million Iowa Avenue railroad grade separation project. Iowa Avenue is one of more than two dozen crossings within the city without overpasses or underpasses leading to severe t ...
The Port of Everett's commission authorized bids for a $3 million, 2,500 foot-long rail spur that would connect the port's piers and other facilities to BNSF's main line. Work could begin as early as April and be completed by September. The port will be responsible for 25 percent of th ...
Brooklyn's transit hub at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues - where MTA Long Island Rail Road customers can transfer for connections with 10 subway lines - has a new, $108 million home with the opening of the Atlantic Terminal Pavilion. The three-story limestone, granite and glass structure ...
Norfolk Southern rescinded its "force majeure" declaration on its Lamberts Point terminal in Virginia on Jan. 5. According to the NS website, "operations at Lambert's Point were restored but unloading remained hampered by weather conditions. With operation restored, Norfolk Southe ...
The Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad has purchased the northernmost 1.5-mile section of the Towanda Monroeton Shippers Lifeline Railroad, a six-mile rail line between Towanda Borough and Monroeton, Penn. Reading plans to aggressively market the local rail line for use by companies i ...

The Board of Directors of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) elected Stephen G. Branscum, group vice president, consumer products at BNSF as its Chairman for 2010. Branscum, who succeeds Greg Stefflre, chief executive officer at Rail Delivery Services, Inc., has held numerous key intermodal positions for BNSF and its predecessor, Santa Fe. David L. Howland, vice president, Optimodal, LLC, was elected IANA's Vice Chairman and Steve Rubin, president, Seacastle Chassis, Inc. was named the Association's Treasurer.

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Amtrak President Joseph Boardman had been given a one-year interim contract extension. Although Boardman is a voting member of the Amtrak board, he did not vote on his own contract extension.

Boardman rallied rail labor and Amtrak supporters to lobby Congress for a transportation appropriations bill that passed in December. The bill provides $1.58 billion to Amtrak through September 2010, an increase of $90 million from fiscal year 2009. The money includes $1 billion for capital grants, $560 million for operating subsidies and $20 million to fund Amtrak's inspector general's efforts to eradicate waste, fraud and abuse.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn nominated Chicago Alderman Manual Flores to head the five-member Illinois Commerce Commission, which regulates state railroad crossing, track and rail-yard safety, as well as intrastate bus operations. The nomination requires state senate confirmation. If confirmed, Flore ...
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