Latest Rail News

The city of Neosho, Mo., has no recourse other than to close two railroad crossings, City Attorney Steve Hays told the council Nov. 3, The Neosho Daily News reports. Mayor Pro Tem Richard Davidson asked the council to authorize Hays to speak to the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City Southern Railway Company to see what alternatives there were, if any, to closing crossings at Daugherty Road and Park Street. Essentially, Hays told the council that they had no alternatives.



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Amtrak is launching a newly designed Amtrak.com, with a number of features to make it even easier for customers to book tickets online. The enhanced Web site has a fresh new look and feel with updated and reorganized content and functionality.

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The boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation have entered into an agreement for Berkshire Hathaway to acquire for $100 per share in cash and stock the remaining 77.4 percent of outstanding BNI shares not currently owned to increase its holdings ...
Add T-Mobile to the list of carriers offering underground cellular service to riders of the Chicago Transit Authority. The CTA signed a 10-year contract with T-Mobile that is expected to generate at least $3.1 million. T-Mobile is the fifth operator to lease the CTA's subway network. Th ...
--> The Philadelphia transit system's largest union went on strike early Tuesday, stalling the city's bus, subway and trolley operations a day after the World Series shifted to New York and forcing commuters to scramble to find other ways to get to their destinations, the Associated Press reports. ...

Norfolk Southern and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are investing $11 million in the railroad's Philadelphia Navy Yard intermodal facility to expand track and parking capacity. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern's multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish a high-speed intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast. The proposed investment -- $6 million from Norfolk Southern and $5 million from Pennsylvania -- will create the capacity to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.

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The South County Caltrain Improvement Project is California funded by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is under way for future double tracking and capacity improvements. The project aims to increase Caltrain service capacity and improve safety by constructing a second set of new railway track along the Caltrain railway corridor and various intersections from Tilton Avenue in Morgan Hill, to Blanchard Road in south San Jose. The focus of this construction work is on utility relocation.

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Eugene Skoropowski has joined HNTB Corporation as passenger rail services director for the South East Division, based in the firm's Lake Mary, Fla., office. He brings more than 40 years of experience gained in a career that spans the nation from Boston to Oakland, Calif. 

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SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, and Pennsylvania State Representative Kate Harper, joined with local government and community leaders at North Wales Regional Rail station to mark the start of extensive two-year federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.

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Robert Perez was out riding his bike Friday, but like a line of cars behind him, he got stuck on Passons Boulevard at Slauson Avenue when a freight train stopped on the tracks ahead, according to The Whittier, Calif., Daily News. The scenario happens almost daily, officials said. Passenger and freight trains cross the intersection on two sets of tracks at frequent intervals, and once the railroad company, BNSF, adds a third track, train crossings will only increase, officials said.

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