Latest Rail News

A portion of 14th Street in Greenville, N.C., will close next week and remain closed for approximately one month, city officials said Feb. 8, the Greenville Daily Reflector reports. The railroad crossing next to Beatty Street, between Dickinson Avenue and Evans Street, is undergoing construction to accommodate a new connector track. Vehicles will be detoured through the use of Dickinson Avenue, and 10th and 14th streets, a news release stated.

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In what is the strongest sign to date that it will abandon the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of Energy on Feb. 9 withdrew 116 water applications it had filed with the Nevada State Engineer for building a rail line to haul nuclear waste to the mountain from Caliente, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

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Light rail trains will be running in the spring or summer of 2011, Hampton Roads Transit's new CEO and president Phil Shucet told Norfolk, Va., City Council members Feb. 9, local media report. It's the first estimate from HRT for completion of The Tide since a series of cost overruns and construction delays were revealed in December.

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Warren Buffett and Bill Gates face a roadblock on the route toward payoff on their investment in U.S. freight transportation, Bloomberg reports. Chicago, whose railroads made it hog butcher for the world a century ago, is a tangle of bottlenecks where a quarter of the nation's rail freight stalls while trying to navigate the city.

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Amtrak is awarding two contracts with a combined value of $49.5 million for major upgrades of its maintenance facilities located in Los Angeles and in Hialeah, Fla., near Miami. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus program is funding both projects.

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TriMet in Portland, Ore., is hosting two open houses to provide an update on the status of project planning, funding and design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project.

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You still can't get there from here. While work has gotten under way on an initial seven-mile stretch of route in New Jersey, much more money and political effort are needed to restore passenger rail service from Northeast Pennsylvania to New York City's doorstep - and the onus may fall largely on the Keystone State, the Scranton, Pa., Times-Tribune reports.

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Virginia could eliminate about one in three trucks from Interstate 81 with extensive --and expensive -- rail improvements, a consultant told the Roanoke Times. Given the high cost and logistical barriers to such a plan, however, the consultant endorses a more modest approach that will shift fewer trucks -- perhaps one in seven -- much to the disappointment of some railroad supporters.

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, said that it has acquired Enterprise Informatics, Incorporated and Exor Corporation. The Enterprise Informatics eB Insight software provides configuration and change management capabilities for mission-critical infrastructure asset operations for the energy, nuclear, rail and government sectors. Exor information modeling software provides for the management and operations of linear networks for infrastructure, including roads and railways.

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A tentative deal that allows 38 Chicago Transit Authority maintenance workers to keep their jobs in return for concessions is a sign that other unions may be ready to cut a deal and get canceled buses back on the road, CTA chief Richard Rodriguez said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The railroad maintenance workers were among 1,057 workers laid off Sunday as part of cutbacks that saw 18 percent of bus services and nine percent of train services canceled.

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