Latest Rail News

Getting to and from Sea-Tac International Airport got a lot easier Dec. 19 as the Link light rail extension opened for passenger service.

RailAmerica, Inc. says its subsidiary RaiLink Canada Ltd. has closed on a transaction with the Canadian Pacific Railway to terminate its lease of the Ottawa Valley Railway line. Under the terms of the agreement, RailAmerica, Inc. received C$73 million in gross proceeds. The company estimates net cash proceeds after taxes and transaction related expenses of C$69 to C$70 million.

The city of Yakima, Wash., expects to break ground on the railroad underpass project next March, thanks to some surprisingly low bids from contractors and political support from local members of Congress who hope to bring back more money from Washington, D.C. the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

Drivers waiting for the new $6.1-million Covell Road underpass in Edmond, Okla., will have to wait awhile longer, local media report. Sherwood Construction, contractor for the project, has requested another 140 calendar days to finish the job, which started in September 2008, Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens said.

RailComm has successfully commissioned a Centralized Traffic Control system for Capital Metro's commuter rail service in Austin, Texas. The Track Warrant Control portion of the system was launched just 32 days from the signed Notice to Proceed. Capital Metro contracted RailComm to expand the initial DOC® Track Warrant Control system to include Centralized Traffic Control functionality for signalized locations. RailComm was responsible for the central office control system, as well as providing the data communication network to the controlled interlockings and other field equipment.

The Link light rail extension to SeaTac and Sea-Tac International Airport opens for passenger service on Saturday, Dec. 19. The 1.7-mile extension completes the line from downtown Seattle that opened July 18th.

Amtrak told local and state officials that replacing the Niantic River bridge in Connecticut will take three years and work on the much smaller Miamicock Bridge would begin Dec. 17, The Day reports.

The Regional Transportation Authority approved the Chicago Transit Authority's $1.27-billion budget for 2010. The budget includes management efficiencies, elimination of more than 1,000 jobs and service reductions. In total, the CTA's 2010 operating budget is nearly $1 million lower than the projected 2009 operating budget.

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is set to begin national bargaining with the National Carriers' Conference Committee in January. The BMWED will be bargaining on a coordinated national basis as part of the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition. The RLBC is comprised of six national rail unions, representing more than 70,000 railroad employees, including; Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division - IBT, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen - IBT, Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Iron Ship Builders, Forgers, and Helpers, National Conference of Firemen & Oilers - SEIU, Sheet Metal Workers' National Association.

The Lexington, N.C., City Council heard an on progress to open a passenger rail stop in downtown Lexington, which could be operational as soon as 2015, The Dispatch reported.

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