Latest Rail News

An often-contentious plan to separate railroad tracks in Colton, Calif., is among 51 projects nationwide set to receive millions in federal stimulus funds, although local officials never identified it as a top regional priority, The Press-Enterprise reports.

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New America THINKS survey results from HNTB Corporation illustrate transit and passenger rail remain top of mind after the Obama administration's $8-billion high-speed rail grant announcement last month.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to cut NJ Transit's subsidies comes just as the Atlantic City Rail Line is planning to expand, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Transit officials have proposed building a new station in Egg Harbor Township, near Galloway Township's Pomona section - a station that could turn into a major work transit hub for the Federal Aviation Administration's William J. Hughes Technical Center and future businesses such as the Next Generation Aviation Research and Technical Park. This comes as lines across the state already have seen numerous service cuts - including a popular early morning Atlantic City-to-Philadelphia run that was canceled less than a month ago.

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The $100-million federal grant awarded to the Chicago region Feb. 17 to unclog rail congestion will benefit Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads and Chicago Fire soccer aficionados along with freight haulers, motorists and rail passengers, the Chicago Tribune reports. That's because $20 million of that money will go toward building a rail/highway underpass on 71st Street, west of Harlem Avenue and across from Bridgeview's Toyota Park, a 28,000-seat sports and music venue.

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Two train systems meant to usher in a new era of transportation in Metro Orlando, Fla., are slated to run along separate tracks that will intersect west of Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But, as it stands, there is no planned connection where passengers from the $1.2-billion SunRail commuter train could transfer to the $2.6-billion high-speed train or vice versa. How is that possible?

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Competition for the $1.5 billion in TIGER grants awarded Wednesday was grrrrrreat. But the results weren't so great for Kansas, which got skunked, according to a column by Rob Roberts in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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Medina, Ohio, will upgrade several railroad crossing signals and surfaces within city limits in order to meet recently changed state and federal safety regulations. In addition, officials have discussed the possibility of transforming the area, which is in the city's southern portion, into a railroad quiet zone, the Medina Sun reports.

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Britt, Iowa, city officials are considering a costlier option in an effort to avoid future repairs to several damaged railroad crossings within the city, the Britt Summit reports. At its regular February meeting, the Britt City Council instructed Mayor David Mitchell to continue exploring a reconstruction option for three separate crossings throughout the city, an option that could cost the city an additional $10-12,000 per crossing but ensure a longer life span for each track.

 

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During a special ceremony on Feb. 18, Miami-Dade County officials renamed the Metromover facility in downtown Miami to posthumously honor Miami-Dade Transit employee Joseph Bryant. Bryant was a dedicated employee for 28 years, of which 15 years were spent in the Metromover Maintenance Division, where Bryant rose through the ranks to become a Metromover maintenance supervisor before losing his life while on duty the evening of June 19, 2009.


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Two separate construction projects in Philadelphia will alter SEPTA's Broad Street Line service the weekend of Feb 19-21. From 8 p.m. Feb. 19 through 4 p.m. Feb. 21, Broad Street line trains will not stop at Fairmount Station as construction continues at Spring Garden Station. Riders traveling northbound who wish to go to Fairmount Avenue will have to exit the Broad Street Subway at Spring Garden Street and transfer to the Route C bus. Southbound passengers will have to exit at Girard Avenue to transfer to the Route C bus to Fairmount Avenue.


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