Latest Rail News

Service on the Red Line near the Fort Totten Metrorail station has returned to normal after a fatal train collision in June, which resulted in slower Metrorail service along the Red Line in the Washington, D.C., area.

As part of developing his budget recommendations for 2010, Chicago Transit Authority President Richard L. Rodriguez has announced a series of internal cost cutting measures and efficiencies aimed at reducing a projected $300-million revenue shortfall that has resulted from lower than expected tax revenues.


The more than 60 people who attended a meeting to discuss the development of the Maine Rail Plan told state officials that the most pressing statewide and regional rail issue facing them is the fear that Aroostook County may lose vital railroad track in the near future, according to the Bangor Daily News. The crowd gathered at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to take advantage of the only opportunity for county residents to weigh in on the immediate future of Maine railroads.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $6-million Economic Development Administration grant to JAXPORT in Jacksonville, Fla., to help improve the Blount Island Marine Terminal railroad system. The grant will be used to rebuild existing track and rail ties, allowing JAXPORT to enhance its global competitiveness and continue to create and retain private sector jobs.

The Seattle City Council approved a deal with Sound Transit for a line to connect the downtown transit tunnel from the International District to the light rail station at Capitol Hill, which is now under construction.

A year after Congress told federal regulators to issue $20 million in grants to help short line railroads recover from storm damages, the Federal Railroad Administration is ready to make the final $5 million of those funds available, the Journal of Commerce reported.

The new Caltrain Mission Bay crossing in San Francisco opened Oct. 7. The crossing will provide access to Mission Bay residential neighborhoods and eventually, to the UCSF Mission Bay campus from the west side of The City. The grade crossing is wider than most because it crosses three tracks instead of the usual two tracks. There is a pedestrian crossing on the south side of the grade crossing that includes safety gates with emergency swing gates, tactile warning strips, sidewalks and pavement markings. There is no pedestrian crossing on the north side of grade crossing.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold five community meetings in October and November to discuss potential subway stations for the Westside Subway Extension project.

The National Gateway, an unprecedented public-private partnership dedicated to improving the nation's freight capacity, has added nearly 50 new supporters since June 1, 2009, bringing the total number of coalition supporters to more than 140.


This month, Denver's Regional Transportation District is marking the 15th anniversary of light rail opening in the metro area. Since RTD opened the 5.3-mile Central Light Rail Line October 7,1994, RTD's 35-mile light rail system has carried nearly 150 million passenger trips. The light rail network carries an average of about 60,000 passenger trips every weekday, ahead of ridership projections. All four of RTD's light rail lines were built on time and on budget, and each exceeded ridership projections. 

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