Latest Rail News

Norfolk Southern Corp. paid nearly $12 million to purchase the 316 acres in McCalla, Ala., where it plans to build a $112 million railroad hub, according to county records, The Birmingham News reports. The railroad company bought land from six different property owners in transactions ranging in price from $72,545.40 to more than $5.8 million, the property records show.

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Amtrak has been working hard to lure more business travelers to its trains, with advertisements highlighting its advantages over air travel - roomier seats, power outlets on its Acela trains and fewer annoyances, the New York Times reports. And its efforts have borne some fruit: the number of riders on its Northeast corridor trains has been rising.

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In January, in addition to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday weekend closure of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail station on the Red Line, Metro in Washington, D.C., will replace fasteners, make tunnel repairs, and make repairs to a rail switch that will help ensure reliable Metrorail service. Customers should expect travel delays during the weekends of Jan. 8 to 10, Jan. 15 to 18, and Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.





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As construction to replace the 80-year-old Vandeventer Bridge in St. Louis continues, work to remove the old bridge will require a MetroLink system outage between the Grand and Central West End MetroLink Stations from December 26 through January 3. During this time, MetroBus shuttles will replace MetroLink light rail service between these two stations, enabling passengers to navigate around the construction zone and continue their commutes.

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Construction is complete on the Kansas City Southern rail line and trains run through Victoria, Texas, daily, but there's still more to go, according to the Victoria Advocate. The next step is a bypass to offset rail traffic through major arteries. It's a work in progress and both KCS and the Texas Department of Transportation are working toward a resolution, Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi said.

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One day after telling City Council that light-rail construction costs will not exceed the latest estimate of $328 million, Hampton Road Transit officials said that the price could climb another $12 million, The Virginian-Pilot reports. During a closed-door executive committee meeting, HRT consultants revealed that the project, which was budgeted to cost $232 million when construction started, could rise to about $340 million, a 47 percent increase, several board members confirmed. They added that the projection is preliminary.

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After years of waiting, Burlington, Iowa, residents were rewarded for their patience with a Christmas gift, The Hawkeye reports. At midnight Dec. 24, the city became a train horn quiet zone. Earlier this month, quiet zone status was granted by the Federal Railroad Administration based on safety modifications to downtown railroad crossings.

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 The City of Mission, Texas, is lobbying the U.S State Department to retain a permit to build another international bridge, mere weeks after the completion of the Rio Grande Valley's newest crossing, according to The Monitor.

 There is no plan or funding to build another crossing, but Mission city officials said they want to retain the 30-year-old permit because it allows them to connect railroads on both sides of the border, something the newly unveiled Anzalduas International Bridge does not.



 

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Construction of a new railroad siding in the west industrial park in Washington, Mo., could begin late next spring or early summer if the city receives final approval of state and federal grant funds it's seeking, the Missourian reports. The city has received the preliminary nod for more than $2 million in state economic development grants to finance the "team track" rail siding at the end of West Main Street, according to Dick Oldenburg, economic development director.

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Union Pacific has raised the roof on 15 of its tunnels over Donner Pass in the Sierra, allowing double-stacked trains to cross the pass and go through Reno for the first time on the way to Chicago, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. When the recession ebbs, more trains could be coming through Reno and Sparks. Double-stacked trains have been routed through the longer and more difficult Feather River Canyon north of Reno.

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