Latest Rail News

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a transportation bill that will provide new funding to Tri-Rail, South Florida's cash-trapped commuter train, and boost billion-dollar rail projects in the Central Florida region, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

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The railroad tracks from Boston to Washington - the busiest rail artery in the nation, and one that also carries America's only high-speed train, the Acela - have been virtually shut out of $8 billion worth of federal stimulus money set aside for high-speed rail projects because of a strict environmental review required by the Obama administration, according to the Boston Globe. Because such a review would take years, states along the Northeast rail corridor are not able to pursue stimulus money for a variety of crucial upgrades.

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To advance the BART to Silicon Valley Project parking spaces and lane closures will occur while crews conduct work to identify utilities along Capitol Ave between Trimble Road and Montague Expressway in Milpitas, Calif., Monday, December 21, 2009, through Thursday, December 31, 2010, weekdays only, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Utility investigation activities include quick vacuum excavation in a one-foot x one-foot hole approximately five to six feet in depth, extracting the material to expose and survey the utility, to confirm utility and depth.

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Some Beaumont, Texas, residents are outraged over a construction project near downtown that is preventing some residents from being able to park in their own driveway, local media report. BNSF is rehabilitating the tracks along Long Avenue and residents say the construction is causing problems for the entire neighborhood.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation, North Carolina Railroad Company and Norfolk Southern have completed the restoration of a nine-mile section of track between Greensboro and High Point. The new stretch of double track will help alleviate bottleneck delays, improve freight rail capacity and passenger train reliability. It will also provide future rail capacity for the federally-designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor as well as NS's Crescent Corridor.

 

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The Federal Transit Administration notified METRO that it has approved Houston's University Corridor Light Rail Transit project into the Preliminary Engineering phase of the FTA's New Starts program. METRO can now move forward with engineering activities as publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and approval of a Record of Decision are imminent.

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Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company said that as the result of a critical ongoing concrete tie replacement project on the Old Colony Line, a new schedule for the Middleboro/Lakeville, and Plymouth/Kingston and Greenbush lines will go into effect on January 11, 2010. These schedule changes better reflect actual travel times that have resulted following implementation of a 50 mile-per-hour speed restriction, which is essential for safe travel on the line.

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Denver's Regional Transportation District Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Phil Washington to serve as the agency's new general manager and chief executive officer.

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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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