Latest Rail News

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 voted to approve the four-year tentative agreement that their leaders and BART negotiators reached on August 16. 

New Jersey has applied for federal funding to replace the 100-year-old, two-track bridge that carries Northeast Corridor trains over the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nearly 500 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains now use the swing span, known as the Portal Bridge. 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter broke ground on a $9.3-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project to renovate the Elizabethtown, Pa., Amtrak station.

A group of local grain producers is playing a live game of monopoly, local newspapers report. However, it is taking the "Chance card" from the game by taking matters into its own hands. The members of the group will be the first Alberta independent co-op owners after coming up with the winning bid to purchase a rail line from Camrose to Alliance.

Virginia has submitted its first high speed rail application for the Arkendale to Powell's Creek project along the I-95 High Speed Rail Corridor, local media report. The project, with a construction cost of $74.8 million, would build 11.4 miles of third track in Stafford and Prince William Counties.

On August 24, BART reached another milestone on a major phase of the Warm Springs Extension project that will ultimately bring BART closer to Silicon Valley. BART issued a "Notice to Proceed" to Shimmick Construction Company, Inc./Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc. Joint Venture, which will allow them to begin the extensive construction project that will create and support tens of thousands of jobs and help stimulate Bay Area economy.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois must do what it can to attract jobs to the state, so he signed a measure encouraging business development along freight rail systems, the Chicago Tribune reports. A new rail transportation hub is intended for the Chicago suburb of Joliet and the measure will set aside some state taxes connected to new jobs created at the facility. The company operating the hub, CenterPoint Properties, can then get some of that money for infrastructure improvement, according to the governor's office.

TriMet's Washington County Commuter Rail in the Portland, Ore., area is in production service and is dispatched through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service delivery platform provided by RailComm. RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) Centralized Traffic Control system is hosted in Rochester, N.Y. RailComm's SaaS platform provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger submitted 42 applications for $1.1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding available through the federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program, under which states compete for $8 billion in funding designated for intercity and high speed rail. Federal applications for Track 1, 3 and 4 require focus on improvements to existing passenger rail services for job creation purposes. In adherence to these federal requirements, California's Track 1, 3 and 4 applications focus on improvements to existing passenger rail lines, including the integration of high-speed rail with intercity passenger service. The federal government's Track 2 application focuses on high-speed rail and is due on October 2, 2009.

MTA NYC Transit said that beginning August 24 and continuing until November 13, 2009, there is no express subway service on the 5 line between the 3rd Avenue/East 149th Street station and the East 180th Street station. In addition, during the afternoon rush hour, four of the northbound 5 trains that normally operate to the Nereid Avenue station will terminate at East 180th Street. Customers traveling on these 5 trains will have to transfer to northbound 2 trains at East 180th Street or other Nereid Avenue-bound 5 trains for stations on the White Plains Road line.

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