Latest Rail News

Cowboys Stadium will get temporary commuter rail service for the 2011 Super Bowl, but it might not be the plan that was previously announced, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The new Mission Bay Drive crossing in San Francisco is scheduled to open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic 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 new Caltrain 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.

For the first time, SkyTrain passengers will be able to access platforms 3 and 4 at the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station in Vancouver, B.C., from the new 10th Avenue entrance. Transit customers should be advised that the elevator at 10th Ave is awaiting final inspection. Passengers who need assistance should still use the elevator on the north side of Broadway street.


Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Nancy Richardson and Boone, Iowa, Mayor John Slight commemorated one of North America's tallest double-track railroad bridges, the new Kate Shelley Bridge in Iowa spanning the Des Moines River. Young, Richardson and Slight rode a Union Pacific train over the bridge, which is more than 2,800 feet long and 190 feet high.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on released its much-anticipated "alternatives analysis," the most detailed view yet of how the massive transportation project might forever transform the region from San Francisco to San Jose, the Mercury News reports.

 

Top BART, State of California, regional transit and local officials broke ground on the subway portion of the Warm Springs Extension, a 5.4-mile project that will bring BART closer to San Jose.

 

On October 7, 2009, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company will close the Booth Street crossing in Monroe, La. This crossing closure is part of a five-year, multi-million dollar corridor project agreement between KCS and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to improve public safety at grade crossings across Louisiana and in Monroe.

 

Metra officials joined with Winnetka President Jessica Tucker and other local officials to break ground on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Winnetka, Ill., train station on the Union Pacific North line.


Good towers make good neighbors, the Palm Beach, Fla., Post reports. Neighborhood opposition was sparked when Florida East Coast Railway said it planned a 200-foot-tall communications tower - twice as high as the Jupiter Lighthouse - just west of the tracks off the Loxahatchee River.

Consider it a housewarming party of sorts. The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad showed off a newly rebuilt, 30-mile stretch of line to Rochester-area government officials , according to the Rochester, Minn.,  Post-Bulletin. And what better way to see the new tracks than from the upholstered comfort of one of DM&E's Pullman passenger cars?

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