Latest Rail News

Wisconsin transportation planners are on a lightning-fast track, feverishly preparing to build the 85-mile, high-speed rail corridor from Milwaukee to Madison when $817.7 million in federal stimulus funding is secured, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.

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The weekend of Jan. 15-18, Metro in Washington, D.C., will close the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line while maintenance crews conduct a track overhaul between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Customers using the Red Line in this area should add 40 minutes to their travel plans to transfer to a free shuttle bus to get past the affected work area. Throughout the weekend, extra Metro employees will be on hand to guide customers to connecting shuttle buses. 



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A federal lawsuit filed against BNSF and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hoping to force a more detailed study of the impact on the air and water by the railroad planned intermodal center in southwestern Johnson County, Kan., the Kansas City Tribune reports. The proposed site lies near the city of Gardner and along BNSF‘s Transcon mainline and Interstate 35, a major national north-south highway. BNSF is seeking to build a $700-million, high-tech, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly 1,200-acre intermodal site between Gardner and Edgerton. The site would include an intermodal center where shipping containers would be unloaded from trains and a logistics park made up of warehouses, distribution centers and shipping points.

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Residents who live next to the Canadian National Railway tracks in Mokena, Ill., could see trees planted as barriers between their homes and the tracks as early as this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Village Board approved a landscape buffer plan for the area in the southwest corner of the village.

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The Ohio Rail Development Commission approved a $155,000 grant that will pay half the cost of rehabilitating a railroad bridge in Toledo, local newspapers report.

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In a dramatic change from existing policy, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed that new funding guidelines for major transit projects be based on livability issues such as economic development opportunities and environmental benefits, in addition to cost and time saved, which are currently the primary criteria.

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Amtrak has awarded a $104.7-million contract to Cianbro/Middlesex VII of Littleton, Mass., for the replacement of the 102-year old movable bridge over the Niantic River in East Lyme, Conn.

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Gov. Haley Barbour wants Mississippi to create a transportation hub in Palmer's Crossing to handle increased container traffic from the Port of Gulfport, the Hattiesburg American reports. But area residents say they'll need to hear more details before they consider the proposal a good fit for their community.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California is set to begin a rail grinding project Jan. 16 that will see heavy equipment working on light rail tracks in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell and San Jose for the next 20 nights between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m.

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder unveiled a new and dramatically simplified Website that offers the MTA's 8.5 million daily customers access to better organized and far more detailed information about their daily commute.

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