Latest Rail News

All MAX light rail service across the Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore., will be interrupted Sunday night, March 28, for crews to install a new switch on the overhead power system. Work will begin at 7 p.m. until end of service. Service is expected to resume on Monday morning.


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Track maintenance on the Red Line and an emergency drill at the Rosslyn Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange Line March 26-28 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add 30 minutes to their trips.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the FY 2011-2015 Crossing Safety Improvement Program 5-Year Plan this month. The 5-Year Plan includes nearly $200 million in assistance from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund for safety improvements at more than 2,200 highway-rail crossings of roads and streets across the state in the next five years.

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CSX Corporation said that proxy materials for its 2010 Annual Shareholders Meeting are now available to shareholders via the Internet under the Securities and Exchange Commission's Notice and Access rules. These materials, including the company's proxy statement and 2009 annual report, can be accessed on its website at http://investors.csx.com.

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As it waits for the economy to improve, Union Pacific's construction plans are heading in two directions, The Arizona Republic reports. Although it has postponed plans to finish doubling its tracks in Arizona, the company has begun a $42-million upgrade to its existing rails.

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In Matt Rose's 10 years at the helm of BNSF, he'd heard plenty of investors talk about quarterly performance. A few would even talk about the railroad's annual performance, Dan Reed writes in USA TODAY. Then on Feb. 12, he answered a call from Warren Buffett, the legendary investor who looks for long-term return and whose Berkshire Hathaway holding company had just closed on its $26-billion purchase of the 77 percent of BNSF shares it didn't already own.

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Union Pacific will improve part of Kansas' transportation infrastructure with a $6-million investment to its rail line that runs from Wichita to near Caldwell, Kan.

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Caltrain will hold a community meeting March 31 to present information about the San Bruno Grade Separation Project. The $165-million project will elevate the Caltrain tracks above San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues. A new elevated train station between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues will replace the existing station. The project also includes three pedestrian underpasses, one near Sylvan Avenue, one at the new station and another between Euclid Avenue and Walnut Street.

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The Executive Boards of the Unified System Division and the Pacific Federation, both divisions of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said a merger between the two federations will take affect April 1, 2010. The newly created federation will retain the name, Unified System Division.

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As Metro seeks to gain a much more complete and detailed "picture" of its track conditions, Metro has selected ENSCO, Inc., to develop and construct a special rail car known as a track geometry vehicle, which is used to inspect track conditions and identify any possible flaws. 

A track geometry vehicle is an automated track inspection vehicle that can test several geometric parameters of the track without obstructing normal passenger rail service. The parameters generally measured include track position, curvature, distance between the rails, alignment, smoothness, and the crosslevel of the two rails.

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