Latest Rail News

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle revealed a framework of a proposal crafted with legislators from southeastern Wisconsin on a plan to improve bus and rail service in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine through a Regional Transit Authority, according to The Business Journal of Milwaukee. The proposal would give Milwaukee County the authority to raise local sales taxes by 0.5 percent to fund local transit and a commuter rail line.


 

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TriMet's MAX Green Line opens to the public on Saturday, September 12, and reaches a major milestone of connecting all three counties by light rail. TriMet's fifth MAX line extends from downtown Portland to Clackamas County.

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SEPTA began a massive overhaul Sept. 8 of the Route 102 Sharon Hill Line-the first phase of various improvements of two trolley lines funded with $34 million in federal stimulus grants, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad is streamlining its study of how best to provide direct train service from its New Haven and Hudson lines into Penn Station in New York City via the east Bronx and Manhattan's West Side. An environmental review began a decade ago with the intent of developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a "Preferred Alternative" pursuant to the National Environmental Protection Act. Through two screening processes, an initial list of 22 service alternatives was narrowed to four "Build" alternatives, two alternatives for Hudson Line service to Penn Station and two alternatives for New Haven Line service to Penn Station.

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B.H.I.T., Inc., a publicly traded railroad support services company headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., has acquired 100 percent of the equity securities of The Wood Energy Group, Inc. for $6.4 million, plus customary closing adjustments.

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As the anniversary of the Sept. 12 Chatsworth train disaster approaches, officials with Southern California's sprawling commuter rail service are facing a vexing array of technical, financial and potential legal challenges as they struggle to deliver on pledges of trailblazing safety reforms, The Los Angeles Times reports.

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Springfield, Ill., officials' public fight against additional train traffic along the Third Street corridor could derail the entire plan to provide high-speed rail service between Springfield and Chicago, a vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad told the State Journal-Register. Alternatively, railroad vice president John Rebensdorf warned in an Aug. 28 letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the railroad could carry out its plans unilaterally, and Springfield could "become the bottleneck of the new high speed passenger rail route."

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Canadian Pacific and the Royal Ontario Museum celebrated the 100th birthday of the Burgess Shale and the Spiral Tunnels - two national icons in Yoho National Park of Canada. 1909 marked a year of incredible discovery and an awe-inspiring engineering marvel leading to 100 years of successful railway operations through Kicking Horse Pass in Yoho National Park.

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Every day, 1,800 passengers head to the rail station next to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, local media report. Every day, they board more than 40 trains headed for Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and destinations all along the Northeast Corridor. It's the 15th busiest station in the Amtrak network. Now, the Maryland Department of Transportation wants to study the idea of doubling the station's size and recently applied for a $10-million federal grant for a detailed engineering study.

 

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The South Shore is alerting passengers to a series of planned temporary weekend construction outages. The second of five weekend outages is scheduled for September 12-14, 2009. South Shore trains will not operate trains in either direction between South Bend, Ind., and Gary, Ind., Metro Center on the following weekends from 2:30 a.m. Saturday thru 3:00 a.m. Monday: September 12-14 and 26-28, October 10-12 and October 31-November 2. The South Shore will operate regular weekend train service between Gary Metro Center and Chicago.

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