Latest Rail News

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay will begin repairs this week on a series of tunnels whose deterioration led to the September 2007 closure of the 110-mile Coos Bay line formerly operated by Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, The News-Review in Roseburg, Ore., reports. The work is the first stage of a rehabilitation project to get the rail line back in operational shape. Officials hope the line could be running again by the second or third quarter of next year.

Union Pacific railroad officials responded to Braeside neighborhood residents' concerns and agreed to move the massive platform and communications tower being built next to the railroad tracks on the south east side of Highland Park, Ill., Pioneer Press reports. City leaders requested a meeting with the railroad company after a group of residents attended the Aug. 24 City Council meeting and spoke against the construction that created an unsightly streetscape along the once heavily tree-lined railway.

The CTA moved to equip all 144 rail stations with security cameras, the Chicago Tribune reports. The agency's board approved a $4.3-million contract with Teleste Corp. of Georgetown, Texas, to install cameras and related equipment.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle revealed a framework of a proposal crafted with legislators from southeastern Wisconsin on a plan to improve bus and rail service in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine through a Regional Transit Authority, according to The Business Journal of Milwaukee. The proposal would give Milwaukee County the authority to raise local sales taxes by 0.5 percent to fund local transit and a commuter rail line.


 

TriMet's MAX Green Line opens to the public on Saturday, September 12, and reaches a major milestone of connecting all three counties by light rail. TriMet's fifth MAX line extends from downtown Portland to Clackamas County.

SEPTA began a massive overhaul Sept. 8 of the Route 102 Sharon Hill Line-the first phase of various improvements of two trolley lines funded with $34 million in federal stimulus grants, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.

MTA Metro-North Railroad is streamlining its study of how best to provide direct train service from its New Haven and Hudson lines into Penn Station in New York City via the east Bronx and Manhattan's West Side. An environmental review began a decade ago with the intent of developing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a "Preferred Alternative" pursuant to the National Environmental Protection Act. Through two screening processes, an initial list of 22 service alternatives was narrowed to four "Build" alternatives, two alternatives for Hudson Line service to Penn Station and two alternatives for New Haven Line service to Penn Station.

B.H.I.T., Inc., a publicly traded railroad support services company headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., has acquired 100 percent of the equity securities of The Wood Energy Group, Inc. for $6.4 million, plus customary closing adjustments.

As the anniversary of the Sept. 12 Chatsworth train disaster approaches, officials with Southern California's sprawling commuter rail service are facing a vexing array of technical, financial and potential legal challenges as they struggle to deliver on pledges of trailblazing safety reforms, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Springfield, Ill., officials' public fight against additional train traffic along the Third Street corridor could derail the entire plan to provide high-speed rail service between Springfield and Chicago, a vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad told the State Journal-Register. Alternatively, railroad vice president John Rebensdorf warned in an Aug. 28 letter to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the railroad could carry out its plans unilaterally, and Springfield could "become the bottleneck of the new high speed passenger rail route."

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