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All 1,700 of CN's Canada-based locomotive engineers began a strike Saturday, Nov. 28, after contract talks ended without an agreement. The strike does not involve CN engineers employed in its U.S. operations and should not affect passenger train service provided by VIA Rail Canada. If the ...
The nearly completed Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan reports that more than $5 billion will be needed to maintain the state's freight rail system at an average level. However, the report says the maintenance is not optional because the rail system "supports ...

Construction has begun on a BNSF railroad bridge over the Mississippi River in Burlington, Iowa.

The work began ahead of schedule to build a new lift-span bridge that will more than double the navigation channel for barges up to 307 feet.

The Coast Guard has long wanted the bridge repaired because barges frequently hit the span, which has happened 92 times between 1992 to 2001.

Congress allocated $55 million for the bridge work. Officials still haven't decided the full extent of work on the 118-year-old bridge beyond replacing the lift span.

About 30 trains a day cross the bridge and the span opens about 300 times a month for river traffic. --> ...
The state of Massachusetts submitted a comprehensive multiyear rail transportation agreement with CSX Transportation for federal review with the Surface Transportation Board. CSXT has also reached an initial agreement with the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad to take ...
In an effort to secure billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, Florida state legislators are trying to call a special session to demonstrate the state's commitment to Tri-Rail and SunRail, the proposed commuter rail system in Orlando. Legislators want to dedicate mor ...

Freight traffic on U.S. railroads reached its highest level so far this year during the week ended November 21, the Association of American Railroads reports.

U.S. railroads reported originating 287,087 carloads for the week, down 6.8 percent compared with the same week in 2008 and down .7 percent from the same week in 2007. Volume was up 2.1 percent from the previous week this year. In order to offer a complete picture of the progress in rail traffic, AAR will now be reporting 2009 weekly rail traffic with year over comparisons for both 2008 and 2007. Note that the comparison weeks from both 2007 and 2008 included the Thanksgiving Holiday.

In the West, carloads were down 8.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 4.8 percent compared with 2007. In the East, carloads were down 3.8 percent compared with 2008, but up 6 percent compared with the same week in 2007.

Intermodal traffic totaled 213,382 trailers and containers, down 3.1 percent from a year ago but up 11.5 percent from 2007. Compared with the same week in 2008, container volume rose 3.4 and trailer volume dropped 26.8 percent. Compared with the same week in 2007, container volume rose 19.4 percent and trailer volume dropped 16.6 percent. Intermodal traffic was up 2.6 percent from the previous week this year.

While 13 of the 19 carload freight commodity groups were down compared with the same week last year, increases were seen in nonmetallic minerals (26.5 percent), grain (8.1 percent), chemicals (8.1 percent), waste and scrap metal (6.5 percent), grain mill products (6.4 percent) and food and kindred products (.4 percent). Declines in commodity groups ranged from .3 percent for petroleum products to 22.1 percent for crushed stone, sand and gravel.

Total volume on U.S. railroads for the week ending Nov. 21, 2009 was estimated at 32.1 billion ton-miles, down 6.1 percent compared with the same week last year but up 4.9 percent from 2007.

For the first 46 weeks of 2009, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,325,563 carloads, down 17.3 percent from 2008 and 18 percent from 2007; 8,801,968 trailers or containers, down 15.6 percent from 2008 and 17.9 percent from 2007, and total volume of an estimated 1.32 trillion ton-miles, down 16.4 percent from 2008 and 16.5 percent from 2007.

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Years after it was closed for what was supposed to be a six-month project, the Cortlandt Street subway station is partially reopening Nov. 25, local media report. Northbound R and W trains will resume service beginning around 3 p.m. that day. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder and other elected officials will be on hand for the station's opening.


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North County Transit District's SPRINTER rail line in he San Diego area, Calif., area has won the 2009 "Project of the Year" from the American Public Works Association, an international professional association of public agencies and private companies. APWA cited the SPRINTER as the Transportation Project of the Year for projects valued over $75 million.

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The Chesapeake, Va., City Council is curious about light rail and whether it could connect to Chesapeake, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports. So on Nov. 24, the council voted 8-0 to pursue a federally funded study on the possibility of extending light-rail service to the city.

the governing body of HRT, take necessary steps towards getting the study approved and funded. --> ...
Drivers may have to pay more at the pump so train riders can have an easier commute into New York City - as well as improved highways and repaired bridges, the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger reports. But they likely won't have New Jersey to blame for raising taxes ...
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