Latest Rail News

The Kansas Department of Transportation has submitted a final grant application totaling $10 million to the Federal Railroad Administration for funding under the High Speed/Intercity Passenger Rail program using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, said Ron Kaufman with KDOT, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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At the Northstar commuter rail station in Fridley, Minn., installation of station platform pavers was completed and roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues. Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances has begun. Painting of the steel on the station platform and the east and west entrances is completed for now and will continue after glass installation occurs.


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(Below is a letter to The Honorable Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator, 
Federal Transit Administration
, from the National Association of Rail Pasengers. The letter was co-signed by several other organizations interested in rail passenger service.)

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Joined by federal, state and local officials in united support, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed his submission of the state's application for nearly $4.7 billion in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for engineering, design and construction on California's high-speed train system. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match from state and local funds, including the high-speed rail bond passed by California voters in November 2008, the state's application would generate a nearly $10 billion investment. This funding would collectively create nearly 130,000 jobs throughout California.

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A map from 1900 that highlighted Kansas railways would have just been one giant black blob from all the crisscrossing railways, The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., reports. 
That's no longer true. Five counties in the state no longer have any railway of any sort (Rooks, Graham, Greenwood, Chautauqua and Comanche).


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Railroads might have their roots in the 19th century, but they still are important to the area economy, say transportation and economic development officials, The Longview News-Journal reports. Two area groups, meanwhile, are working to provide more rail options.

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Prisco R. Morella expects a delivery every day. On Wednesday, it came at 1:45 in the afternoon - 126,000 gallons of vegetable oil, The Telegram and Gazette in Worcester, Mass., reports.

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Cowboys Stadium will get temporary commuter rail service for the 2011 Super Bowl, but it might not be the plan that was previously announced, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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The new Mission Bay Drive crossing in San Francisco is scheduled to open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic Oct. 7. The crossing will provide access to Mission Bay residential neighborhoods and eventually, to the UCSF Mission Bay campus from the west side of The City. The new Caltrain grade crossing is wider than most because it crosses three tracks instead of the usual two tracks. There is a pedestrian crossing on the south side of the grade crossing that includes safety gates with emergency swing gates, tactile warning strips, sidewalks and pavement markings. There is no pedestrian crossing on the north side of grade crossing.

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For the first time, SkyTrain passengers will be able to access platforms 3 and 4 at the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station in Vancouver, B.C., from the new 10th Avenue entrance. Transit customers should be advised that the elevator at 10th Ave is awaiting final inspection. Passengers who need assistance should still use the elevator on the north side of Broadway street.


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