Rail Group On Air: 2021 RT&S Top Projects, Part 1

RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with those behind one of the projects on the 2021 RT&S Top Projects list.

MTA ridership continues to rise, reaches new pandemic record

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the New York City Subway, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad have reached pandemic ridership records, with 2,239,500 trips on the New York City Subway (including 3,823 on the Staten Island Railway), 101,600 LIRR, and 83,100 Metro-North trips recorded on Friday, May 7. New York City Buses reached a pandemic high one day earlier, on Thursday, May 6, of 1,245,629.

Rail Group On Air: Squeezing a third track in the existing right-of-way

In this episode of Rail Group On Air, RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with the leaders behind the LIRR Mainline Expansion Project.

Bells & Whistles—LIRR project stopped after worker electrocuted

Ambitious capital plan of New York’s MTA is now back on track thanks to federal relief MTA launches safety investigation after LIRR third track electrocution Washington Metro puts workers in danger during

MTA launches safety investigation after LIRR third track electrocution

The accident that left a worker in serious condition on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) third track expansion project has led to an investigation on safety practices.

RT&S March issue is now digital

The March issue of Railway Track & Structures magazine is now available in a digital format.

Worker in critical condition after being electrocuted on LIRR third track expansion project

An ironworker involved in the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) third track expansion project was electrocuted on March 14 and is in critical condition.

Bells & Whistles—LIRR investigates demolition that trapped signal workers

Gateway Project rail tunnel cost escalates due to U.S. DOT delay With BNSF out of the picture, Minneapolis officials come up with new answers for Blue Line extension Demolition of building, part

Demolition of building, part of third track expansion, traps LIRR signal workers

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is trying to figure out what happened when a building partially collapsed onto another building and trapped workers.

Crews start work on eliminating final grade crossing of LIRR Expansion Project

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) LIRR Expansion Project is closing the Main Street railroad crossing in Mineola.

After productive 2020, LIRR Expansion Project continues to move at successful pace

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) ended 2020 with the successful completion of railroad crossing eliminations and station enhancements related to the LIRR Expansion Project, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in

Bells & Whistles—MTA steps in to fix LIRR’s budget issues with rail projects

FRA publishes final rule for state highway-rail grade crossing action plans Maryland to pay $250 million in Purple Line settlement U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces $544.3 million in federal funding

MTA agency takes over project management after LIRR wastes time and money

The Long Island Rail Road has spending issues that relate to both time and money. According to a New York state audit, several infrastructure projects over the past decade or so have

Faster, stronger: LIRR’s laser train cuts down ‘slip-sliding’

The MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) announced that its industry-leading laser train is working even faster and harder to battle the danger of fallen leaves on the tracks. The LIRR has added another laser train and increased the speed to

Four of eight and six of seven—LIRR Expansion Project burns through summer

With four-of-eight railroad crossings eliminated and six-of-seven bridges rebuilt or upgraded, among other accomplishments, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that construction of the LIRR Expansion Project has hit the halfway point, ahead of schedule and under budget. The project, one of

Worker blitz helps MTA install new rail bridge on main line in one weekend

New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Construction & Development successfully installed a new 1,315-ton bridge this weekend that will carry the Long Island Rail Road main line over School Street in Westbury

Bells & Whistles—Metro’s Silver Line extension faces safety issue

Transportation Safety Board of Canada reports on 2019 derailment LIRR to install new rail bridge at site of deadly 2019 accident Metro’s Silver Line extension is not open yet, but derailment risk

LIRR to install new rail bridge at site of deadly 2019 accident

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will be constructing a bridge over the weekend, and the agency also hopes it will be demolishing some tragic memories. Crews will be installing a new

MTA announces significant Positive Train Control advances on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [yesterday] announced major progress made on implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) on MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad, reaffirming both railroads will be in

LIRR rejects FRA’s interoperability claim with Positive Train Control

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is doing pretty well with implementing Positive Train Control. The latest report from the Federal Railroad Administration shows LIRR has PTC on just over 72 percent