Latest Rail News

The New Mexico Rail Runner slips into Santa Fe on new tracks with modern signals to guard crossings. But the old tourist train travels to Lamy, N.M., on outdated infrastructure, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. That discrepancy was highlighted recently when the Santa Fe Southern Railway tourist train collided with a car crossing the spur line on Rabbit Road, just south of the city limits.

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BNSF has agreed to fund a significant amount of the cost of closing eight railroad crossings in Galesburg, Ill., to develop quiet zones, according to city engineer Wayne Carl,

 The Register-Mail reports.

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Amtrak is making major investments in the New York area to bring its bridges, tracks and other infrastructure up to a state of good repair, increase track speeds and improve operations, including a soon-to-start $10-million project to rehabilitate the Pelham Bay Bridge located along the Northeast Corridor.

 

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Work is now under way on a construction project that will completely replace the 80-year old Vandeventer Bridge is St. Louis. The bridge currently supports three rail tracks: two for MetroLink, and a third for limited freight use. Constructed in 1929, the bridge that spans Vandeventer Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the City of St. Louis, is experiencing significant settling and deterioration. In addition, the bridge is supported by four piers that are obstacles to vehicular traffic.

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A plan to build a major passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta might soon boast new life, in the form of an $80 million-plus jump start, state officials said at Transportation Board meetings, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The idea has reeled in big supporters, but raised questions too -- including whether it's legal.

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State and town officials from Ashland and Framingham, Mass., met with the state's new transportation chief last night for a conversation about the state's purchase of CSX Transportation rail lines and what can be done to ensure that increased rail traffic won't further cripple their downtowns, MetroWest Daily News reports.

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Seventy percent of Metra bridges and 42 percent of CTA bridges are past their "useful life," according to a preliminary report presented to the RTA board Nov. 19, the Chicago Daily Herald reports. A final report is expected in January, along with a plan on how to address the problem, RTA spokeswoman Diane Palmer said.


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SEPTA took another step toward restoring rail service to Wawa in Delaware County with approval yesterday of nine property easements necessary for the construction, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Union Pacific and San Antonio River Authority officials adopted new practices for removing drift from the river, the Victoria, Texas, Advocate reports. The agreement came a month after a 500-yard logjam built up at the railroad company's bridge on the San Antonio River, over which the river authority has jurisdiction. The bridge is near the Victoria-Refugio county line.

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MTA NYC Transit said that due to Phase II construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center Project, ramp and passageway access will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, November 23. Customers will not be able to transfer between the 23 and A trains. In addition, there are no transfers at Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau Street between 23 and 45 trains.


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