Latest Rail News

Rather than choosing between North Tampa to Downtown and Downtown to West Shore corridors to launch Tampa's first light rail route, local planners may combine them in a funding proposal to federal officials later this year, the Tribune reports. And plans for the initial northern terminus for a light rail line could be extended to the northeast beyond Skipper Road to the vicinity of Cross Creek, just beyond Interstate 75, to make the project more attractive to potential federal investments.

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A proposed 3.3-mile rail spur linking the Omya quarry on Foote Street in Middlebury, Vt., with the main line west of the Otter Creek can now proceed to final design and property acquisition, as the Federal Highway Administration has determined the estimated $34.3-million project could meet federal environmental standards, the Addison County Independent reports.

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When passenger rail service returns to the Treasure Coast, travelers still will be expected to rely upon their cars, the Indian River, Fla., Press Journal reports.

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Proposed changes to Scottsbluff, Neb., city intersections could put establishing a quiet zone throughout the community on the fast track, the Star-Herald reports. City Manager Rick Kuckkahn told the Scottsbluff City Council that a current plan "could completely silence the town (of train horns)."

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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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