Latest Rail News

Sound Transit commuter rail service between Everett, Wash., and Seattle is shut down at least until the evening of Jan. 21 because of a mudslide across the tracks, the Everett Herald reports. The slide hit around 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in north Seattle, blocking the tracks and forcing passengers on two of the four Sounder commuter trains to disembark at Edmonds Station and ride buses the rest of the way to Seattle, according to Sound Transit.

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The City College of New York (CCNY) said that a scholarship in honor of James L. Lammie, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. has been endowed by Richard Ravitch, the Lieutenant Governor of New York.

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The UTU, BLET, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association have asked the FRA to deny an Amtrak request to waive permanently the existing mandatory and safety-critical functions governing passenger-platform snow removal outside the Northeast Corridor.

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Trains traversing North Riverside, Riverside and Berwyn, Ill., along the Canadian National tracks will be prevented from sounding their horns at nine grade crossings in those towns starting Jan. 28, the Riverside Brookfield Landmark reports.

 

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Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) has placed an order worth $321 million with a consortium led by Siemens Mobility for the design, manufacture and installation of a new Communication-based Train Control System. Upgrading the PATH system to CBTC will increase the system's throughput to meet future peak time demands, in addition to increasing safety and reliability while reducing ongoing maintenance costs. The project is due to be completed in 2017.

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Alaska Assemblyman Hank Bartos wants to move the railroad out of downtown Fairbanks and expand Pioneer Park into a "winter wonderland" involving Ice Alaska, the railroad's unhappy tenant, the Daily News Miner reports.

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The federal government is about to hand out a river of cash to states willing to build a network of bullet trains, as the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress seek to slowly ease the country's dependence on automobiles and airplanes to make short trips between its biggest cities, the Dallas Morning News reports. It's the nation's first major investment in true high-speed rail, and among its most significant pushes to locate trains of any kind far from the East Coast.

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Los Angeles Metro invites people in the Century City, Calif., area to learn about plans to bring the subway west and share views. This lunch time open house is intended to bring Century City workers up to speed with progress on the proposed Westside Subway Extension, discuss plans for a future Century City station, and solicit input.

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MERMEC Group appointed Russell Taylor president and CEO of its American subsidiary, Imagemap, Inc., effective January 1, 2010. Taylor has more than 32 years of railroad and mass transit experience, having started his career with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1977. He has worked in a variety of capacities including construction and construction management, design and engineering, and sales and marketing.

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On Jan. 15, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joined Assistant U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to speak at "Beyond Transportation: The Economic Impact of Rail in Illinois." The summit was dedicated to bringing together stakeholders in government, economic development and private industry to improve rail infrastructure and create jobs in Illinois.

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