Latest Rail News

Amtrak is moving ahead aggressively to expand and build out its existing and proven train collision prevention safety technology-commonly known as Positive Train Control-to cover all of the tracks it owns along the Northeast Corridor and on its Michigan Line by the end of 2012, three years ahead of a federal deadline.

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Since the 1800s railroads have relied on a measuring stick and a trusty set of eyeballs to make sure tracks are properly aligned, which is essential to preventing derailments. It might be surprising, but the Chicago Transit Authority still uses that low-tech approach on a daily basis reports Jon Hilkevitch in his column in the Chicago Tribune.

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WES commuter trains are now operating more quietly in Beaverton, Ore. The Federal Railroad Administration has approved TriMet's request to waive certain regulatory requirements relating to WES train horns. For the SW Lombard Ave segment between SW Farmington Road and the Beaverton Transit Center, WES trains will sound a 78-80 decibel bell at each crossing, rather than the current 96-decibel horn.  

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The Appropriations Committee in the Maine legislature split along party lines, with Democrats supporting an $85-million bond package over Republican objections, the Kennebec Journal reports. Just one week after the same committee voted in a unanimous, bipartisan way to approve a supplemental budget, the committee was unable to agree on an acceptable level of borrowing to put before voters in June.

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Successful completion of TieTek's Chapter 11 process requires that all bids for the assets be received by 5:00 CST on Friday, April 16, 2010, according to Robert Fowler, President of VR Mergers & Acquisitions. VR is the Bankruptcy Court-approved broker for TieTek, LLC and its parent companies, TieTek Technologies, Inc., and North American Technologies Group, Inc., which recently filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas.

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International, national and regional experts in transportation will gather in Cincinnati to present the latest developments in Urban and Regional Public Transportation at the European-American Chamber of Commerce Conference on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Cincinnati. The conference keynote address will be delivered by John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation.

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After a closed session personnel discussion amongst the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Board of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Keith Millhouse said that Metrolink has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer John E. Fenton, effective April 16, 2010. Fenton was chosen after a national search conducted by the Board of Directors with assistance from interim Chief Executive Officer Eric Haley. Fenton brings a broad base of experience to the position, both in transportation services and executive management.

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be conducting several community meetings to update the public on the latest developments on the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project April 9 thru 17 and invites community participation.

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More than 80 percent of transit systems are raising fares or cutting service due to state and local revenue declines, a transit industry organization reported. Houston METRO is not.

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Those who can operate trains, repair locomotives, and maintain railroad tracks may find increased job opportunities in the Lycoming Valley in Pennsylvania soon, the Daily Item reports. Lycoming Valley Railroad Co. is seeing an upsurge in demand for transportation of supplies needed by contractors serving Marcellus Shale drillers. 


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