Latest Rail News

After years of delay, a state-funded rail agency has finished repairing the Northwestern Pacific freight line in California's Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties, paving the way for a return of cargo service early next year, according to The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. But barriers remain before trains roll again on the 102-year-old railroad.

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When federal officials evaluate the idea of upgrading the New Haven-to-Springfield, Conn., rail line to accommodate high-speed trains, they'll have two core questions: Is the project worthwhile, and can it deliver results quickly?

 At a weekend conference about the future of America's rail systems, several experts said the New Haven-to-Springfield plan-along with dozens of others throughout the country-will have to meet two essential standards to stand a chance of getting federal funding, The Hartford Courant reports.

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Construction activities at the Fridley, Minn., Northstar commuter rail station are slightly behind schedule. However, crews remain optimistic that the station will be ready for opening day, Nov. 14. Milling and overlay of 61st Way occurred on October 30. Work on ...

The Gateway T station in Downtown Pittsburgh closed until further notice on Saturday, Oct. 31 to allow Port Authority of Allegheny County to build a new station near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Stanwix Street. The new station will serve the extended T line, called the North Shore Connector, which is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

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Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell joined local officials to open the new $8.4-million DeKalb Street Bridge carrying Route 202 North over Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Bridgeport Borough, Montgomery County.

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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program partners said a $10.4-million project (Project WA3) now under construction east of the Chicago Stockyards Industrial District is the largest awarded to a contractor to date. It will double the capacity of the rail corridor through the Stockyards by adding additional tracks, enabling faster train speeds and utilizing modern signaling technology. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2010 and will rehabilitate the railroad viaducts over Halsted, Emerald, and Union Streets.

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If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles County will soon embark on a commuter-rail building boom the likes of which the region has never seen, The Los Angeles Times reports. On Oct. 30, the mayor today will unveil an ambitious but politically risky transportation plan that fast-tracks several high-profile rail projects to be completed within the next decade. That's a big speed-up, because officials have generally been talking about completing them within 30 years.

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With the release of new Strategic Guidance and the FY 2010-2014 Five Year Financial Plan, Amtrak aims to continue the solid ridership growth seen in recent years and position itself to maximize this historic moment in federal and state support for more passenger rail service, including for the development of high-speed rail corridors.

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Rail service between the Blue Line's Clark/Lake and UIC-Halsted stations temporarily will be suspended from 10 p.m. October 30 until 4 a.m. November 2, as work to replace track in the south end of the Dearborn subway continues this weekend. Bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for rail service making stops adjacent to the Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle, Clinton and UIC-Halsted stations.

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On the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Los Angeles Metro Orange Line, Metro work crews have officially completed the first construction phase of the line's four-mile extension in the North San Fernando Valley: a parking lot at the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak Station.

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