Latest Rail News

The Chicago Transit Authority is inviting the public to meetings to provide input on the proposed Red, Orange and Yellow Line Extensions.  Attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed alternatives, the purpose and need for the project, the potential effects and mitigation measures to be considered in the Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

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The Frankford elevated line, which was completely rebuilt in the 1980s and 1990s to last for 75 years, needs significant repairs because of a basic flaw in its reconstruction design, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. To prevent pieces of concrete from falling onto cars or pedestrians, SEPTA crews have installed 8,000 metal mesh belts on the underbelly of the El and plan to install 2,000 more, beginning Sept. 21.

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Officials of Kansas City Southern are in Laredo again, delivering the latest updates on the possibility of a rail bridge in the Laredo, Texas, area, television station KGNS reported. KCS officials say the project is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

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The City of Leavenworth, Wash., and Amtrak said that the eagerly awaited restoration of rail passenger service to the popular Bavarian Village, a destination community in the Cascade Mountains, will begin on Friday, September 25. The first train returning to Leavenworth, one of Washington's most visited attractions, will be Amtrak's Empire Builder, departing Seattle that evening bound for Chicago.

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Lynda Frost, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, said trains traveling through downtown Billings, Mont., were supposed to stop sounding their horns Sept. 18, one minute after midnight, according to The Gazette. And those are some big horns, emitting blasts of 96 to 110 decibels, as per federal regulations. A subway train, at a distance of 200 feet, registers at about 95 decibels, while 110 decibels is comparable to a power saw three feet away.

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Track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines the weekend of Sept. 20-21 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least 20 minutes of time to their trips. 

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Atlanta-based e-VERIFILE.COM Inc, is has launched e-RAILSAFE Canada--- the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE branded services. The new service is based on the successful e-RAILSAFE Class 1 service, which was instituted in 2005 by the seven major railroads operating in the United States.

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Canadian National next week will unveil the three-year, $100 million renovation to its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility in South Memphis, The Daily News in Memphis reports. The railroad will commemorate its massive investment of time and money on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the yard, 297 Rivergate Road, off Horn Lake Road.

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Building upon an analysis of commodity flows in the Maryland Freight Profile, Maryland DOT developed the Maryland Statewide Freight Plan, a multi-modal and comprehensive view of the state of freight and a freight strategy including a prioritized project list and complementary policies and funding approaches. The Plan provides an in-depth overview of the State's current and long-range freight planning activities and investments and is intended as a living document that will be consistently updated with feedback from internal and external stakeholders or users and beneficiaries of the freight network to also include passenger services as well.

 

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The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized a major pedestrian and traffic circulation improvement project at Newark Penn Station that will enhance safety, reduce vehicular congestion, strengthen the historic facility's connection to an increasingly vibrant downtown business and entertainment district and create an estimated 125 jobs.

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