Latest Rail News

Union Pacific is investing nearly $9 million to improve the rail line from Ogallala, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo. Work on two projects covering more than an 85-mile stretch of railroad track began August 8 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. One section is between west of Ogallala to Julesburg, Neb., and the second project is west of Sidney, Neb., to near Cheyenne, Wyo.


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With the gray cement of San Francisco's old Transbay Transit Terminal as a backdrop, on August 11 officials stood before a flashy white placard with an orange "T" emblazoned on its face and broke ground on a new transit center, the San Francisco Appeal reports. The Transbay Transit Center, which is planned to act as the terminus station for the nation's first high-speed rail system, has been dubbed the "Grand Central Station of the West Coast."

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County officials say the rehabilitation of the Chester Branch Railroad, a four-mile rail line extending from Wharton, N.J., and terminating in Roxbury Township, is under way and should be completed within four to five months, the Roxbury Register reports.

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No decision is expected on the location of the Lakeland-area station for the Florida High Speed Rail until late next year, the Polk County Transportation Planning Organization was told August ...

Despite hefty fines and warnings from Canadian Pacific Railway, Mile End and Rosemont residents are taking matters -and pliers -into their own hands as they wait for the city, the two boroughs and the railway to decide on building a pedestrian level crossing on the railroad tracks separating the two neighborhoods, The Gazette reports.

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In conjunction with the Concourse Improvement project, PATCO's Chestnut Street concourse and 8th/Market South entrance/exit will be closed from 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, through 5 a.m. on Monday, August 30.


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August 13-15, Metro in the Washington, D.C., area, will upgrade its track on the Orange, Yellow and Green lines to improve reliability and service. As a result of this crucial work, which is critical to maintain the railroad in a state of good repair, riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes. 



 

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Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc., an industry-leading rail infrastructure contractor, as part of the Denver Transit Partners (DTP) team, reached financial close and received official notice to proceed from the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) to construct the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 commuter rail project. The DTP team will design, build, operate, maintain and finance the Eagle P3 Project. Groundbreaking is scheduled for August 26, 2010.

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Union Pacific will enhance rail efficiency in the eastern part of Oregon by investing approximately $16.5 million to improve its rail line that runs from Arlington to Huntington, Ore. Work on the 200-mile stretch of railroad tracks is under way in the La Grande area paralleling I-84. Crews of 60 to 100 are working to replace railroad ties with an assembly line of mechanized equipment. The project includes removing and installing new rail on curves and replacing more than 148,000 railroad ties. Crews also will spread 62,000 tons of rock ballast.


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As part of the Vision for the New England High Speed and Intercity Rail Network, the Patrick-Murray Administration in Massachusetts has submitted formal application for federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the design phase of the Boston South Station Expansion Project.

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