Latest Rail News

Plans for the long-awaited Circle Line, which would link CTA and Metra rail lines in Chicago's growing central area, are a step closer to being realized after the Chicago Transit Authority completed its analysis of options for the project, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Building on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's goals of providing a more customer-friendly experience for the millions of people and businesses who use its transportation facilities, the agency launched a new Website that marries technology and transparency to provide customers with more custom-service tools and information than ever before.

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Work has begun to clear up the large logjam on the San Antonio River near the Victoria-Refugio County, Texas, line, the Victoria Advocate reports. Union Pacific is working with the landowner and contractors to do the initial clean up, said Raquel Espinoza, director of media relations for the Southern region of Union Pacific.

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Flagstaff officials finally will be able to silence train horns at the city's five at-grade railroad crossings in coming months, the Arizona Sun reports. The Arizona Corporation Commission voted unanimously this afternoon to allow the city and BNSF to begin installation of safety equipment at each of the crossings.

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Unit Rail, the rail fastening division of Amsted Rail, has acquired Advanced Track Products. ATP is a leading provider of fasteners in the transit rail market.

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Service on the Red Line near the Fort Totten Metrorail station has returned to normal after a fatal train collision in June, which resulted in slower Metrorail service along the Red Line in the Washington, D.C., area.





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As part of developing his budget recommendations for 2010, Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez has announced a series of internal cost cutting measures and efficiencies aimed at reducing a projected $300-million revenue shortfall that has resulted from lower than expected tax revenues.

 

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The more than 60 people who attended a meeting to discuss the development of the Maine Rail Plan told state officials that the most pressing statewide and regional rail issue facing them is the fear that Aroostook County may lose vital railroad track in the near future, according to the Bangor Daily News. The crowd gathered at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to take advantage of the only opportunity for county residents to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine railroads.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $6-million Economic Development Administration grant to JAXPORT in Jacksonville, Fla., to help improve the Blount Island Marine Terminal railroad system. The grant will be used to rebuild existing track and rail ties, allowing JAXPORT to enhance its global competitiveness and continue to create and retain private sector jobs.

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The Seattle City Council approved a deal with Sound Transit for a line to connect the downtown transit tunnel from the International District to the light rail station at Capitol Hill, which is now under construction.

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