Latest Rail News

Years after it was closed for what was supposed to be a six-month project, the Cortlandt Street subway station is partially reopening Nov. 25, local media report. Northbound R and W trains will resume service beginning around 3 p.m. that day. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder and other elected officials will be on hand for the station's opening.


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North County Transit District's SPRINTER rail line in he San Diego area, Calif., area has won the 2009 "Project of the Year" from the American Public Works Association, an international professional association of public agencies and private companies. APWA cited the SPRINTER as the Transportation Project of the Year for projects valued over $75 million.

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The Chesapeake, Va., City Council is curious about light rail and whether it could connect to Chesapeake, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports. So on Nov. 24, the council voted 8-0 to pursue a federally funded study on the possibility of extending light-rail service to the city.

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Drivers may have to pay more at the pump so train riders can have an easier commute into New York City - as well as improved highways and repaired bridges, the Newark, N.J., Star Ledger reports. But they likely won't have New Jersey to blame for raising taxes ...

Rebuilding Metra's fourth busiest stop, the 80th Avenue station in tinley Park, Ill.,, has been near the top of that suburb's wish list for years, according to the Chicago Tribune. More than $7 million in Metra, federal, state and local funding was budgeted for the station overhaul, and Tinley Park officials had a host of things they wanted done.

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Greenville, N.C., officials will break ground on a railway connector track Nov. 30 that should relieve the majority of traffic backups caused by the railroad switching station, The Daily Reflector reports.  Vehicles are held up as often as three times daily on Arlington Boulevard, 14th and Evans streets while trains change direction in that area.

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Unlike a normal railroad grade crossing, at which cars must stop to let trains go by, the one proposed for the rail spur leading into the Calverton Enterprise Park would be just the opposite, the Riverhead, N.Y., Times Review reports. A freight train using the spur would come to a complete stop prior to crossing River Road, a conductor would get off and check for any cars, and would then signal the train to cross the street.

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Watco Transportation Services, Inc., began operations of a new railroad, the Boise Valley Railroad on November 23. Additional manpower and locomotive resources were on hand to provide effective first day service on both the 11-mile Wilder Branch and the 25-mile Boise Cut-off. Each job left the yard with more than 40 railcars.

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Union Pacific opened its Donner Pass route to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic Nov. 19, marking the completion of a 12-month project designed to move customer products over a shorter, faster and more efficient route.

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Illinois State Rep. Don Moffitt called Galesburg, Ill., "the crossroads of America," while delivering the keynote address at the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon, according to The Register-Mail. Moffitt spoke of things for which he was thankful. Topping the list was a vision to help BNSF as the foundation of economic development in Galesburg.



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