Latest Rail News

Track maintenance on the Washington, D.C., Metro Orange, Blue and Yellow lines Nov. 6-8 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.

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CN, North America's largest mover of forest products, is on track to haul more than 800,000 tons of wood pellets this year and sees more opportunities in the future for this "green" source of heating energy.

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Beneath a busy interchange on top of the highest point in Tysons Corner, Va., crews are mining a tunnel that will carry the Dulles Corridor Metrorail tracks from Route 123 to Route 7. Working two 12-hour shifts per day, crews began tunnel construction, using the New Austrian Tunneling Method to mine the first of two tunnels, the outbound segment. Construction will start on the inbound tunnel in the coming months.

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As part of Réno-Systèmes, its asset maintenance program for stationary equipment in the métro, the Société de transport de Montréal is undertaking the construction of a new mechanical ventilation station to replace the existing one.

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Utah Transit Authority in the Salt Lake City area is scheduled to place the final girder on the new West Valley TRAX bridge over Union Pacific's Roper Yard Nov. 5. The bridge is the largest single structure on the West Valley TRAX line and its completion is an important milestone on the project. The West Valley TRAX Line will extend TRAX service from 2100 South Central Pointe station on the North-South TRAX line southwest to West Valley City Hall.

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Barrington and Aurora, Ill., officials met separately Nov. 4 with new Surface Transportation Board Chairman Dan Elliott, a day after he toured the EJ&E rail line with representatives of its new owner, Canadian National, the Daily Herald reports.

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Construction work is finished on the railroad tracks that will carry freight trains through Novato, Calif. Now the tracks need to be inspected, and then freight trains are expected to start rolling by March 2010, the Novato Advance reports. Meanwhile, planning and design work is under way for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) commuter train, and construction work should start in 2011.

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INVISTA, a global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers, and CSX Transportation celebrated the expansion of rail tracks and other infrastructure in a ceremony today at INVISTA's Spartanburg, S.C., plant. The capital investment will result in increased efficiency and improved customer service.

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Despite the national meager economic outlook, Levelland, Texas is on the right track for big business. Literally. After voting unanimously just over one year ago to commit $1.5 million to build an Industrial Rail Park in the 12,866-population town, the Levelland Economic Development Corporation's vision has begun to be realized.

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On November 5, BART will release its Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for an extension between the Dublin/Pleasanton Station and the City of Livermore, Calif. The goal of extending BART to Livermore is to increase mobility to, from and through the Tri-Valley region. As added benefits, a new station in Livermore would reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions; improve community livability and reduce congestion on the I-580 corridor. The DPEIR evaluates alignment options, environmental impacts and mitigation measures for extending BART to Livermore. BART is seeking public comment on the Livermore extension and its proposed alignments.

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