Latest Rail News

The long-awaited rail spur for Custom Polymers in Elm Street Industrial Park in Athens, Ala., has passed the last hurdle toward construction, the Athens News-Courier reports. On August 27, the Limestone County Industrial Development Board and Athens City Council granted a railroad easement to the company and clarified a payment process utilizing company, city, county and grant funds.
 The company, which leases a city spec building in the park, uses recycled plastic to produce pellets used in the manufacturing of bottles, clothing, fencing and benches.


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Tulsans who love to hear the eardrum-piercing sound of a train blowing its horn as it slowly snakes through downtown will be glad to know the city still has a ways to go before it can designate part of downtown a "quiet zone," according to the Tulsa ...
Further repair work will be performed at 168th and 181st Street Stations along the MTA New York City Transit 1 Line the weekend of August 29-30. The work requires suspension of train service between 137th Street and Dyckman Street from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Augus ...

Track maintenance on the Red, Orange and Green lines in the Washington, D.C., area over the weekend of August 29-30 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least 30 minutes of time to their trips. 

Red Line Track Maintenance 

Metrorail customers traveling between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations should add at least 30 minutes of travel time to their trips because Metro will make tunnel repairs and replace rail and rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks.

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The launch of the new Canada Line transit system in Vancouver will mean a key change in customer trip planning. Because one of the new Canada Line stations is located on Broadway, concerns have been raised by police, ambulance and fire dispatchers of potential confusion between Broadway/City Hall and Broadway/Commercial SkyTrain station.

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With the money already in place to build what likely will be two overpasses and one underpass at three major rail crossings in Galesburg, Ill., there is more good news, The Register-Mail reports. The state has applied for about $550 million of federal stimulus money, $52 million for what Illinois is calling its "Galesburg congestion relief project." 



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The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern dropped its condemnation lawsuit against several Wyoming landowners in northeast Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. 

In addition, the DM&E said current regulatory and economic conditions for its proposed rail expansion into the Powder River Basin coal-mining district are not good.



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Sound Transit opened bids for work that will get under way next year to bore light rail tunnels connecting Capitol Hill and the existing Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. The apparent low bid was submitted by JCM U-Link Joint Venture, formed by Jay Dee Contractors of Livonia, Mich.; Frank Collucio Construction Company of Seattle; and Michaels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis. Its bid of $153,556,000 came in 12 percent, or $20.7 million, below the Sound Transit engineer's estimate of $174,304,700.


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BNSF is pushing Congress to scale back a requirement for carriers to install automatic-braking systems on most of their tracks, reports Bloomberg News. "Heavy-handed" legislation enacted last year would cost Fort Worth, Texas-based BNSF almost $2 billion, Chief Executive Officer Matt Rose said.

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 Community leaders joined with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to break ground for a new $8.5-million Rapid Transit station on East 55th Street and the east end of I-490.The new station will continue to serve both light rail (RTA's Green and Blue lines) and heavy rail (RTA's Red Line). The station is also served by bus routes #2 and #16. The estimated completion is fall 2011. 

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