Latest Rail News

The New York MTA, which is about to raise fares, wasted at least $722,000 on a safety program so fatally flawed it should be scrapped, a scathing report concludes, the New York Daily News reports. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority routinely miscalculated how well contractors were doing in preventing accidents and curbing injury-related costs on construction projects, the MTA inspector general's office concluded. As a result, contractors got larger bonus payments than they deserved.

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The United States is saddled with a rapidly decaying and woefully underfunded transportation system that will undermine its status in the global economy unless Congress and the public embrace innovative reforms, a bipartisan panel of experts concludes, reports The Washington Post.

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Mario Brault, president of Huron Central Railway, sees on the horizon for the first time, a profit for his company, Sault Ste Marie This Week reports. He doesn't look for huge sums of money. Brault, upbeat and forthcoming, pointed out few companies can survive without "a little bit of profit," and a C$33-million contribution from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario has opened the way.

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Hampton Roads Transit has been awarded an $8.48-million federal grant toward replacing its aging administrative headquarters, a former Cadillac showroom on Monticello Avenue, The Virginian-Pilot
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The Government Center T station has the charm of a bomb shelter - and that's its most winsome feature, the Boston Herald reports. Impressions only get worse up close.

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Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? The Minneapolis Star Tribune asks.

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The nation's top official in charge of helping minorities with big dreams but often little cash visited BART to look at the innovative ways the transit agency gives small business owners a leg up in a down economy.

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The MTA Long Island Rail Road will provide bus service in place of early-morning trains on the Ronkonkoma Branch on Saturday, October 9, as track inspections are made by the Sperry Rail Car. Customers on four eastbound and four westbound early-morning trains between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma will be affected. Customers should expect up to 36 minutes additional travel time.


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Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) helps underscore the growing recognition of the need to increase federal support for freight infrastructure.

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Joint Rail Conference 2011 is a multidisciplinary North American railroad conference encompassing all aspects of rail transportation and engineering research. The conference is a cooperative effort of the six co-sponsoring organizations and will be held March 16-18, 2011 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.

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