Latest Rail News

A five-level parking structure opened at Aurora, Ont., GO Station near Toronto offering customers 866 new parking spaces. Customers at this station now have access to more than 1,700 parking spots, making it easier to leave their cars behind.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved construction authorization from the Ohio Rail Development Commission directing Norfolk Southern to install flashing lights and roadway gates at grade crossings in Montgomery, Summit and Warren counties. PUCO also approved an agreement authorizing CSX Transportation to install flashing lights and roadway gates at the Taylor Road (154-092R) and Ringwood Road (154-089H) grade crossings in Oxford Township, Butler County.

 

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Buses will replace train service for Long Island Rail Road customers traveling between Long Beach and Valley Stream, N.Y., the weekend of March 6-7 as work continues on the construction of two new railroad bridges over Powell Creek and Hog Island Channel. The shutdown of train service on this upcoming weekend was added to the LIRR's original construction schedule because recent snowstorms have impeded work on previous weekends. The railroad's goal is to complete the installation of both bridges before Memorial Day.


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Earthquake Safety construction at BART's West Oakland Station will soon limit access to the station. Beginning in mid-March, crews will move into a new phase of work that will be done in two stages.

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Koppers Holdings Inc. said that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Koppers International B.V. has completed a transaction to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of privately-owned Cindu Chemicals B.V. ("Cindu") from joint owners Cindu B.V. and Corus Staal B.V. for an undisclosed purchase price. Koppers has funded the acquisition primarily with cash on hand in Europe.

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Residents in the area of the CSX Transportation freight yard on Franklin Street in Worcester, Mass., made it clear at a meeting they are not looking to fight the company's plans to more than double the size of its facility, but they emphasized they want to have some say in those plans to mitigate potential negative impacts to their neighborhood, the Worcester Telegram reports.

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At a Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority meeting, Joe Calabrese, CEO & General Manager, presented RTA's federal legislative priorities. RTA is seeking four earmarks in the 2011 appropriations cycle:

1. $5 million for the construction of the proposed Mayfield Road Station rehabilitation in Cleveland near Little Italy.

2. $4.5 million for the construction of a new Red Line station on Brookpark Road on the Cleveland-Brook Park border.

3. $1.5 million to prepare the final design of a proposed .5 mile extension of the Blue Line in Shaker Heights.

4. $5.0 million to construct the final design of the Clifton Blvd. Transit Enhancement Project in Lakewood and Cleveland.

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The National Gateway coalition has added "Project Updates," an online resource for community members, contractors and others seeking information about current and upcoming National Gateway projects, to the initiative's Web site, NationalGateway.org.

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Los Angeles Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes for two consecutive weekends beginning March 5 due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. The bus bridge begins March 5 at 9 p.m. Work will begin at 9 p.m. on March 5 and will continue until the early morning hours of Monday, March 8, on the first weekend. The same plan is for the second weekend beginning Friday night, March 12, and continuing until the early hours of Monday, March 15.

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During weekends in March, Metro in Washington, D.C., will weld rail and replace track fasteners, track circuits and floating slabs that will help ensure more reliable Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of March 5 to 7, March 12 to 14, and March 19 to 21. 

Metro will not conduct major track maintenance during the opening of the National Cherry Blossom festival on Saturday, March 27. 




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