Latest Rail News

Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Transit Board Chairman Terry Peterson and Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez joined federal, state and city officials Jan. 9 at the Fullerton rail station for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of 18 station renovations as part of the CTA's $530-million Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project.

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The Federal Transit Administration has granted the San Francisco Muni approval to enter into Final Design for the Central Subway Project, which is Phase II of the Third Street Light Rail Project that will connect communities from Visitacion Valley to Chinatown with modern, convenient light rail. The Third Street Light Rail project represents the most significant investment in the expansion of the Muni system in generations.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority opened the new Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Terminal in downtown Brooklyn, improving the experience of travel for thousands of commuters each day in a majestic pavilion that features an artist/architect collaboration in a soaring, light-filled atrium.

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Portec Rail Products, Inc., said that it has increased its expansion into China as the company recently received new customer orders for its Fault Detection and Friction Management product groups from China. Portec Rail has had a steadilygrowing presence in China for its Friction Management products, and has now penetrated the Chinese market with its Fault Detection product group.

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East Bay Congressman John Garamendi (D.Calif.) toured BART to see how a new construction project, using $13 million in federal stimulus money, is putting thousands of people to work and will ultimately provide more seating, more trains and improved on-time performance for BART commuters riding between Pleasant Hill, Oakland and San Francisco.

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Amtrak says it is ready for an exciting 2010 with major projects and new initiatives that will benefit passengers, increase service, rebuild infrastructure, and put America's railroad at the center of intercity and high-speed passenger rail development and expansion.

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When Hampton Roads Transit's board meets in special session Jan. 11 to discuss the future of embattled President Michael Townes, the members cannot immediately fire him, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Townes' contract requires that he be given 30 days notice of a vote to terminate his employment. That notice was given Dec. 28, when four board members wrote him demanding that he resign or they would introduce a resolution to dismiss him at the Jan. 28 board meeting.

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Denver's Regional Transportation District -- in the wake of a fatal commuter rail crash in Los Angeles -- is installing $3 million in safety technology, The Denver Post reports. The Automatic Train Stop technology, or ATS, is designed to prevent trains from going through a red signal, the cause of the 2008 Los Angeles accident in which 25 people were killed.

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The very foundation of the Burlington, Iowa, railroad bridge project over the Mississippi River may have to be shifted before significant work can continue on-site for increasing the navigation channel by constructing a lift-span, the Burlington Hawkeye reports. In drilling foundations for a new pier on the east side of the span to support the new lift-span, contractors encountered large rocks and sheet metal that prevented them from finding bedrock and securing the foundations.

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Unitrac has been named a key supplier and valuable partner in the CSX Transportation supply chain. The company has been identified as a key supplier that goes that extra mile by providing quality products and timely deliveries.


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