Latest Rail News

Union Pacific is investing nearly $42 million to improve its existing rail lines in Arizona.  Projects under way in the first quarter 2010 include track renewal work in the Phoenix and Mesa areas, railroad tie replacement in Union Pacific's Phoenix and Tucson rail yards and railroad tie replacement on Union Pacific's main line between Casa Grande and Yuma.

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Beginning the weekend of Jan. 29-Feb 1 and running for nine consecutive weekends, MTA NYC Transit 7 Line trains will operate between Main Street-Flushing and Queensboro Plaza only. There will be no 7 train service between Grand Central in Manhattan and Long Island City. Fare-free shuttle buses will be available.

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As a part of its Great American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fifth Civic Conversation in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger rail stations with a focus on communities along the routes of the Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited and Heartland Flyer. The two-day workshop, January 27-28, includes information on design and planning guidelines and a how-to session on getting started on a station renewal project and the types of state and federal grants available for station improvements.

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As part of BART's system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, the agency has been strengthening structures at the Daly City, Calif., station to withstand future earthquakes. Starting early February 2010, construction crews will start work inside the station. As a result, BART will close two fare gates at the south end of the station, which may result in delays during the peak morning and evening commute hours as riders pass through the remaining fare gates.

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SELECTAMARK'S Dutch distributor, Rhine Group BV, has won a major contract to protect the main rail infrastructure in the Netherlands from metal theft, using forensic marking product SelectaDNA. Rhine Group has been awarded the contract by Dutch rail company ProRail BV to combat trackside metal theft. The increased risk of stealing, transporting and handling SelectaDNA-marked copper and other metals is expected to deter thieves and have a significant impact on the number of incidents.

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RailComm has been selected to provide a shove track detection and indication system to complement its existing yard control system at CSX Transportation's Erwin Terminal in Tennessee. The system will provide remote indication of the shove track status, allowing the train operator to know when his/her train has reached the detected limits of the shove zone. The shove track system will interface to the existing DOC® (Domain Operations Controller) System and will provide field indications and an indication of the shove track status on the DOC® System graphical user interface.


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Mexico's two main private railway operators, Ferromex and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, or KCSM, plan to invest a combined $242.6 million this year in infrastructure and other projects. --> ...

BNSF has reduced transit schedules on 60 percent of its Domestic Intermodal Premium Container traffic, and added 16 more days of service.

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Jan. 25 marked the formal launch of BART's expanded API. API stands for Application Programming Interface - sets of routines, data structures and protocols that support the building of applications. BART has a long commitment to making its data open to the public - such as the schedules for trains, and advisories when there are delays. We were the first Bay Area transit agency to provide public open data, starting in 2007.

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The lawsuit probably couldn't have come at a worse time for BNSF Railway, the Kansas City Star reports. The federal government is getting close to announcing whether BNSF will get $50 million in federal stimulus money to start building a massive rail hub in Johnson County. The project has to be "shovel ready" to get the money, but its environmental permit is the target of a lawsuit, which could delay one of the area's biggest development projects.

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