Latest Rail News

Coffman Specialties, Inc., of San Diego has been awarded a $36.3-million contract to construct a rail spur and intermodal rail yard at the Mesquite Regional Landfill, where municipal solid waste will be received for disposal by way of California's first waste-by-rail project. The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County awarded the contract to Coffman Specialties, the lowest of eight bids received for the project that will include a rail spur, bridge and construction of the facilities where containerized trash will arrive by train for disposal at the regional landfill. The Mesquite Regional Landfill is located about five miles east of Glamis, Calif.

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Getting to and from the Edmonds, Wash., waterfront-long a bottleneck for travelers and pedestrians alike-could get somewhat easier by early next year, the Everett Daily Herald reports. That's when Sound Transit expects to complete a $12.9-million renovation of the city's rail station, Edmonds Station, at 210 Railroad Ave.

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Nearly one year after the Canadian National Railway purchased a suburban rail line as a freight bypass around Chicago, fears of a massive influx of two-mile-long trains rolling through dozens of neighborhoods haven't yet materialized, the Chicago Tribune reports.

 But residents and local officials have complained that train noise and vibrations from the CN's more powerful, multiple locomotives are wreaking havoc on home life.



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Plainfield, Ill., and some other towns have stopped fighting the Canadian National Railway, but other municipalities aren't ready to do that yet, the Aurora Beacon News reports. Will County is among them.

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Central Florida backers of the SunRail commuter train may be relieved of more than $11 million in annual debt payments that were headed their way, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The state Department of Transportation had intended to borrow $173 million to help pay for the $1.2 billion, 61.5-mile system linking DeLand in Volusia County with downtown Orlando and Poinciana in Osceola County.

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Kansas City Southern Railway has Monroe, La., and northeastern Louisiana on its radar because of the V-Vehicle Co. plant and the Franklin Farms Megasite in Richland Parish, The News Star reports.

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Work on Caltrain's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, which will enhance safety at 25 grade crossings in San Mateo County, continues, with work at Main Street, Redwood City, Jan. 18 - 21; Watkins Avenue, Atherton, Jan. 18 - 19; and Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, Jan. 20 - 21. Throughout the project area, at least one lane of the impacted street will remain open. Flagmen will direct traffic and pedestrians around the construction.

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Kansas City-based TranSystems said that Michael J. Sweeney, P.E., has joined the company's New York City office as National Transit Market Sector Leader/Vice President in support of the firm's passenger rail and transit group. Sweeney has extensive experience working on the largest and most complex rail/transportation projects in the United States.

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Wisconsin transportation planners are on a lightning-fast track, feverishly preparing to build the 85-mile, high-speed rail corridor from Milwaukee to Madison when $817.7 million in federal stimulus funding is secured, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.

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The weekend of Jan. 15-18, Metro in Washington, D.C., will close the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line while maintenance crews conduct a track overhaul between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Customers using the Red Line in this area should add 40 minutes to their travel plans to transfer to a free shuttle bus to get past the affected work area. Throughout the weekend, extra Metro employees will be on hand to guide customers to connecting shuttle buses. 



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