Latest Rail News

The Gateway T station in Downtown Pittsburgh closed until further notice on Saturday, Oct. 31 to allow Port Authority of Allegheny County to build a new station near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street. The new station will serve the extended T line, called the North Shore Connector, which is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

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Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell joined local officials to open the new $8.4-million DeKalb Street Bridge carrying Route 202 North over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Bridgeport Borough, Montgomery County.

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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program partners said a $10.4-million project (Project WA3) now under construction east of the Chicago Stockyards Industrial District is the largest awarded to a contractor to date. It will double the capacity of the rail corridor through the Stockyards by adding additional tracks, enabling faster train speeds and utilizing modern signaling technology. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2010 and will rehabilitate the railroad viaducts over Halsted, Emerald, and Union Streets.

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If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles County will soon embark on a commuter-rail building boom the likes of which the region has never seen, The Los Angeles Times reports. On Oct. 30, the mayor today will unveil an ambitious but politically risky transportation plan that fast-tracks several high-profile rail projects to be completed within the next decade. That's a big speed-up, because officials have generally been talking about completing them within 30 years.

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With the release of new Strategic Guidance and the FY 2010-2014 Five Year Financial Plan, Amtrak aims to continue the solid ridership growth seen in recent years and position itself to maximize this historic moment in federal and state support for more passenger rail service, including for the development of high-speed rail corridors.

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Rail service between the Blue Line's Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended from 10 p.m. October 30 until 4 a.m. November 2, as work to replace track in the south end of the Dearborn subway continues this weekend. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations.

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On the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line, Metro work crews have officially completed the first construction phase of the line's four-mile extension in the North San Fernando Valley: a parking lot at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's BART Silicon Valley Project exemplifies findings from the recently released "Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment" report, which demonstrates how increased investment in public transportation provides green jobs, wages and business income in industries that have been particularly hit hard by the economic downturn. 

Economic analysis of the BART Silicon Valley project by Wilber Smith and Associates estimated an overall return on investment of four to six dollars for every dollar spent on the $6-billion project.

By 2030, the 16-mile extension is estimated to generate an additional $11.42 billion in gross regional product and $3.27 billion in personal income, with 66 percent of those dollars staying in Santa Clara County and the remainder benefiting the Bay Area region. The national average of short- and long-term economic benefits of public transit investments outlined in the APTA report is for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns.



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Monterey County, Calif., residents are one step closer to riding light rail between Monterey and Marina after the Transportation Agency selected light rail as the locally preferred alternative for the Monterey Branch Line transit corridor.  The 16-mile corridor extends between Monterey and Castroville on the publicly-owned tracks adjacent to Highway 1.

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The American Public Transportation Association and the International Union of Railways (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer, or UIC) will host three regional seminars in early 2010. The goal of these seminars is to provide U.S. decision makers the information necessary to implement high-speed rail.

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