Latest Rail News

The VRE Operations Board has recommended awarding of a contract to Keolis Rail Services America for commuter rail operations and maintenance services. The contract includes train operations, locomotive and railcar equipment maintenance and repair, yard operations and warehouse management. The recommendation is being made to VRE's parent commissions, the Northern Virginia and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commissions, for consideration at their November 5, 2009, meetings.

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San Gabriel Valley leaders are preparing for a fight Oct. 22, when they'll try to persuade the county transit authority to include funding for the Gold Line Foothill Extension as a priority in its long-range transportation plan, the Whittier, Calif., Daily News reports.

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If you build it, they will come. But it will cost you a lot of money, reports The Missoulian in Missoula, Mont. That's the conclusion of an Amtrak report released Oct. 16 on the possible revival of the North Coast Hiawatha Route through southern Montana. It notes the potential for nearly 360,000 riders a year. But startup costs are estimated at a whopping $1.043 billion, "a figure that is subject to significant uncertainty."

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Work on the elevator at the Northstar Commuter Rail station in Fridley, Minn., is continuing, as us installation of handrails throughout the station area. Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances is complete, while roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues. Landscape planting on the east and west sides is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 19. Fence installation around the station site continues. The majority of electrical work at the station and the majority of work in the tunnel is completed.


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The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for installation of new automatic warning devices at the N. Chestnut Lane highway-rail grade crossing of the Norfolk Southern track located in the City of Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County.

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The low bidder to build the first phase of the New Haven rail yard submitted a $125 million bid to do the job, well below the $291 million the state expected to budget to complete the facility, according to the state Department of Transportation, The Connecticut Post reports.

 

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Amtrak is using $25 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to replace transformers and other electrical equipment - some of which date to before World War II - at 40 substations that deliver the power needed to propel passenger trains on the electrified tracks between New York and Washington, D.C.

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Auto Truck Group has partnered with two leading CNG conversion companies to convert Ford and GM work trucks to operate on CNG (Compressed Natural gas). Their Fort Wayne Fleet and Louisville Truck Equipment locations now offer CNG conversions for work trucks. Some market segments would include municipalities, fleets, and utilities.

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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has acquired gINT Software. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., gINT Software has been a leader in geotechnical and geoenvironmental products since its founding in 1986. The company's newest product, gINT Enterprise, maximizes the value of centrally managed subsurface data through multi-project reporting and dramatically extended querying power. Offering a powerful and efficient solution for transportation operations, engineering consultancies, plants, campuses, and state and federal agencies with vast quantities of geotechnical data, gINT Enterprise facilitates the valuable reuse of subsurface mapping information to better serve civil, structural, geotechnical, and environmental information processes for owner-operators.

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 Expanded cell phone service is now available in 20 of Metro's busiest underground stations. As of 5:30 a.m. October 16, Metrorail riders are able to use three major cell phone providers in addition to the existing Verizon Wireless service to make calls from 20 station platforms. Eventually, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile services will be available from anywhere inside the stations.

 

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