Latest Rail News

To provide the latest information about upcoming service modifications, California's Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority launched a brand new Web page. The goal is to make it easy for VTA customers to view the new bus and light rail schedules with one click of a mouse. The detailed and visual information about service changes can be found on www.vta.org/servicereductions. The new web page includes a system map and a light rail transit map, specific route changes, and a Frequently Asked Questions link. VTA's service reduction will be in effect beginning Monday, January 11, 2010.

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The Bourbon County, Kan., Commissioners are working hard to get signals installed at a dangerous railroad crossing, The Fort Scott Tribune reports. Since earlier this summer, the commission has been working on getting signals installed at the railroad crossing on 225th Street, one-quarter of a mile south of Hammond.

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Levelland, Texas, City and Economic Development officials recently broke ground on an $8.6-million industrial rail park to be built in the 12,866-population town.

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 As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick joined Congressman John Olver and local elected officials in Leominster, Mass., to announce the groundbreaking of the first rail improvement project in Massachusetts supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

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Metrolinx purchased from CN the lower portion of the Newmarket Subdivision in central-north Toronto for C$68 million. The transaction gives Metrolinx end-to-end ownership of the 60-mile-long Barrie-Bradford GO Train corridor between downtown Toronto and Barrie, Ont. - a first for the government transit agency.

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Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Tangent Rail Corporation, a provider of wood crosstie supply chain services to the railroad industry. This acquisition will expand Stella-Jones' capabilities within the U.S. railway tie industry and provide the company with creosote manufacturing operations. Tangent's sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 are expected to reach approximately US$175 million.

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At the board meeting on December 10, 2009, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors authorized $5.8 million for the construction of Caltrain safety improvements. These improvements include modifications to railroad crossing gates, installation of guardrails, fencing, pedestrian gates, emergency swing gates, sidewalk, crossing panels and tactile warning panels as well as grading modifications to crossings within the Joint Powers Board owned segment (between Sunnyvale and Palo Alto).

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The final waiting period has begun for the Final Environmental Impact Statement paperwork required for the Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal in Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business reports. The terminal project, between Wyoming and Livernois avenues south of I-94, has a $445-million price tag in 2006 dollars (for the preferred alternative) and is designed to consolidate train and trucking infrastructure.

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit district in California has received $2.5 million in federal funds for preliminary engineering and environmental work on its planned commuter rail line, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The funds were in the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus bill, which the Senate passed on Dec. 13, according to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.


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The struggling Bay Area economy just received a big boost thanks to the BART Board, whose vote also means BART customers will finally have a swift, world-class train-to-plane connection between the Coliseum BART Station and the Oakland Airport. After two decades of planning and debate, the Board of ...
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