Latest Rail News

With the prospect of high-speed rail at least six years off, Virginia officials want to spend $75 million on an intermediate step that they say could become reality in half that time: a conventional passenger train from Norfolk to Richmond, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports.

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Track maintenance on the Red Line in Washington, D.C., Feb. 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 20 minutes to their trips.

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Los Angeles Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes February 26-28 due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday night and continue until the close of rail service on Sunday night February 28. Every attempt will be made to have service restored by Monday morning. Should any unforeseen delay occur, train service will be supplemented by buses between Washington and 7th St./Metro Center Stations. All work is subject to weather delays.


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When the Department of Transportation doled out $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants last week, one of the largest checks went to a rail overhaul in the Chicago area, the New York Times reports. Almost all of the country's freight railroads converge there. The region handles so much cargo that only three cities outrank it: Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.

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Medina City, Ohio, will not be a railroad quiet zone, at least not any time soon, the Medina Sun reports. At its most recent meeting, Medina City Council chose not to pursue a quiet zone in city limits as part of the city's planned railroad improvements. A quiet zone would eliminate the use of train horns while traveling through the city.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will allow sheep and goats to continue providing weed abatement services at Cerone Operating Division in North San Jose, Calif.

 

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Utility relocations associated with Texas Department of Transportation construction on portions of State Highway 114 will likely delay the opening of the first two segments of the DART Rail Orange Line, DART officials said.

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The California Legislature recently passed a bill that could generate more than 6,000 transportation jobs in Orange County. The measure will now go to Governor Schwarzenegger for approval, the Orange County Register reports.

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Nebkota Railway Inc., the only company currently operating trains in Chadron, Neb., has withdrawn the objection it filed just two weeks ago to the purchase of the rail line from Chadron to Dakota Junction by a newly formed railroad company, the Chadron Record reports. The move apparently clears the way for Nebraska Northwestern Railroad to purchase the seven miles of track from Chadron to Dakota Junction from the Dakota Minnesota and Eastern Railroad and to lease an additional 20 miles of line from Dakota Junction to Crawford, where the tracks connect with BNSF network.

 

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Although not receiving TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) federal stimulus funding, a project to improve The San Luis and Rio Grande Railway is not dead in its tracks reports the Valley Courier in Alamosa, Colo. Ed Ellis, president of the railway's parent company, Iowa Pacific, said this week he plans to look for alternative funding sources for the project that would expand the rail's capabilities through the Valley.

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