Latest Rail News

The historic railroad station north of 23rd Street could be back in service for customers under proposed passenger rail service in the region, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Other possible station locations being considered for Vero Beach include the area of downtown near Pocahontas Park and at the old Diesel Power Plant south of eastbound State Road 60. Possible start date for the service is October 2012.

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CSX Transportation says there is no danger to residents, but it is letting one Jacksonville, Fla., Westside neighborhood know that it has found some contaminants in ground water near an old rail yard site, the Florida Times-Union reports. The rail yard south of Beaver Street between McDuff Avenue and Edgewood Avenue ceased operations in 1985. But Jacksonville-based CSXT still owns the property and has a dispatch center and other operations adjacent to the site.

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Port Authority of Allegheny County in the Pittsburgh area released a proposal to improve bus and light rail service starting next year and keep its base fare at $2. The final draft proposal of the Transit Development Plan would bring sweeping improvements for the majority of Port Authority's 220,000 daily riders. Changes would begin in March 2010 and be phased in over the next few years.

 

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NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles and Board Member Susan Hayes  greeted rush-hour commuters August 31 at the grand opening of the new 31st Street entrance to the NJ Transit Concourse at New York Penn Station, a direct and spacious gateway between the concourse and street level.

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Picture Lewis and Clark splitting up at some point between present-day Umatilla and Boardman and racing to the Pacific Ocean, the East Oregonian reports. Two contemporary economic explorers, the general managers of the ports of Umatilla and Morrow, are doing just that. Their goal, however, is developing a better shipping route from the mid-Columbia River to Puget Sound.

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State transportation engineers are preparing a series of railroad track improvements they hope will ease bottlenecks for ever-increasing rail traffic in central Charlotte, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reports. The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make upgrades to a 10-mile stretch of Norfolk Southern track from near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to Orr Road in northeast Charlotte.

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The future of downtown rail - for right or wrong, better or worse, for whatever it turns out to be - is now firmly in the City of Austin's hands, writes Ben Wear in the Austin Statesman. Capital Metro, carrier of the passenger rail flag around here for more than 20 years, will still open its MetroRail commuter line (sometime soon). And conceivably the agency could be hired to operate a rail line built by the city. But Capital Metro, nearly out of money and tarnished by its halting MetroRail performance so far, won't be the prime mover.

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Quixote Corporation, a leading manufacturer of transportation safety products and advanced technologies, celebrated its 40-year anniversary in July 2009.

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Construction in downtown Minneapolis continues as crews work on the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit extension and the Northstar Commuter Rail station. Punchlist work continues at the commuter stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka and Coon Rapids. System testing also continues as crews are testing both the Northstar train system and the LRT extension.

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A promise to fund an additional station,  approval of a budget of up to $941 million and award of a contract to start public utility relocation in downtown St. Paul capped a banner month for the Central Corridor LRT Project. 

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