Latest Rail News

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board denied a petition filed by The Regional Answer To Canadian National (TRAC) coalition last week, local newspapers report. The TRAC petition was in response to Canadian National's recent request for track rights exemptions to allow the company to change the flow of freight train traffic on 17 Chicago area rail lines, including the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation and the New England Central Railroad are seeking $52 million in federal funds to boost the speed of Amtrak's Vermonter intercity passenger service and increase NECR's capacity for heavier freight carloads. If awarded the grant, NECR will contribute 10 percent of project costs.Plans for the two-year project include upgrades to heavier continuously welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work along 191 track miles. The project would be funded through the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

L.B. Foster Company has been awarded a $3.9-million transit rail products stimulus-funded contract for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Fern Rock Yard Track Renewal Project. New York City-based contractor Railworks Track Systems, Inc. is replacing track and contact rail installations dating from 1928 in Philadelphia's Fern Rock Yard with a wide range of transit products sourced from L.B. Foster.

Utah Transit Authority will begin major earthwork activities in the I-80 corridor in preparation for laying new rail on the Airport TRAX line. The new line will extend TRAX service from downtown Salt Lake City to Salt Lake International Airport.

Weekend track work will close three Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia throughout the Labor Day weekend. 

The Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to closing, (midnight) Monday, Sept. 7. These stations will reopen at 5 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Metrorail riders in Virginia who are planning to ride the Blue or Yellow lines will need to transfer to a free shuttle bus if they want to pass through Pentagon City, Crystal City or the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations because Metro officials will be conducting track work between the Pentagon and Braddock Road Metrorail stations throughout the holiday weekend. Regular service will resume when the Metrorail system opens on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. 


The Florida East Coast Railway wants to build a radio tower twice as tall as the Jupiter Lighthouse about a football field from Bob Culpepper's front door on Park Street, the Palm Beach Post reports. And the former Jupiter mayor and nearby residents on the north side of the Loxahatchee River are none too happy about it.

Kansas City Southern is promising action after receiving complaints from the Bossier City, La., Council that its railroad crossings are damaging vehicles, according to local newspapers.

City officials hear a lot of complaints from residents who hear too much noise from train horns, the Longmont Times-Call reports.  In fact, Longmont City Councilwoman Sarah Levison calls it "Sleepless in Ward 2." But the only way the city could put a hush on train horns through Longmont is by developing "quiet zones" at the 17 BNSF crossings in the city - a project that city officials have never fully studied.

The next phase of DART Rail will be the return of rail service to Deep Ellum, Baylor, Fair Park and South Dallas after an absence of more than 50 years and will bring new opportunities for development and offer new destinations to thousands of new passengers when the first four stations of the 20-station, 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line open on September 14.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Federal Transit Administration achieved a crucial milestone: it beat the September 1 deadline to provide all states and local communities 50 percent of their Recovery Act transit formula dollars. In fact, FTA provided nearly 90 percent of its $7.5-billion transit stimulus money to states and local communities. FTA is managing an additional $900 million in discretionary funds for New Starts projects, the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction and Tribal Transit programs and oversight for a total of $8.4 billion.

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