Latest Rail News

A grade crossing renewal project in St. James, N.Y., will affect some midday train service on the MTA Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch from Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6. During the work four eastbound and four westbound midday trains will depart and terminate from the Smithtown Station instead of the Port Jefferson Station.

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Eugene J. Kim has been named Vice President in the Los Angeles office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, he is responsible for managing PB's Los Angeles transportation planning practice, which provides comprehensive multimodal corridor planning, transportation policy and program implementation services to Southern California's regional transportation agencies.

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(OneRail Coalition sent he following letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee to support more funding for railroads and rail transit.) As the Subcommittee prepares to mark up Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011, the OneRail Coalition urges a balanced approach including equivalent growth in public investment for rail infrastructure as well as highways and transit.

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Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan joined state and local officials for the groundbreaking for the $17.7-million Four Corners/Geneva Commuter Rail station project.  As part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project, the Four Corners/Geneva station is one of four new commuter rail stations to be built along the corridor.

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Metro's Safety Department received approval from the Tri-state Oversight Committee to close 22 corrective action plans last month that address safety issues identified during internal and TOC safety audits. Some of the plans closed in June included identifying and marking tripping hazards near the tracks, evaluating and updating communication procedures for track workers and developing standards for allowable wheel roughness and wheel repair for rail cars. 

Metro's staff presented these and other steps made to improve safety to the Metro Board of Director's Customer Service, Operations and Safety Committee.

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For Florida's high-speed rail, early work begins July 19 -- in a very geeky way, local media report. Crews are starting "geotechnical exploration."

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PBS Coals has invested in its own stretch of railroad, and this summer work on the project is complete, the Somerset, Pa., Daily American reports.

 The Friedens, Pa., company now has a 10-mile railway that will transport most of the coal to a Baltimore port to be exported. The project cost "just shy of $1 million," according to Hank Parke, director of business development.

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Saturday, July 17 to Thursday, July 22, crews will continue a project that will improve rail crossings at Mary and Sunnyvale avenues in Sunnyvale, Calif. Crews will grade and trench the site and install foundations for the improvements. They also will make wiring modifications in the signal houses. The work is part of a VTA project to improve safety at eight crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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On July 19, Sound Transit will mark the first birthday of Central Link light rail, which during its inaugural year of operations attracted an estimated six million riders.

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Top officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak joined representatives of the city of Pontiac and Greyhound July 16 to break ground for the new Pontiac Transportation Center, which will serve intercity rail and bus passengers. The intermodal station project is funded with $1.4 million from the state's Comprehensive Transportation Fund account.

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