Latest Rail News

Union Pacific opened its Donner Pass route to domestic double-stack intermodal container freight traffic Nov. 19, marking the completion of a 12-month project designed to move customer products over a shorter, faster and more efficient route.

Illinois State Rep. Don Moffitt called Galesburg, Ill., "the crossroads of America," while delivering the keynote address at the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon, according to The Register-Mail. Moffitt spoke of things for which he was thankful. Topping the list was a vision to help BNSF as the foundation of economic development in Galesburg.

A special lawmaking session on high-speed and commuter rail inched closer as legislative leaders and the governor said they are ready to tap surplus money in the transportation budget rather than raise taxes on rental cars to help pay for the transit projects, the Miami Herald reports. The surplus money -- about $76 million over the next two years -- should be enough to help fill a hole in South Florida's Tri-Rail system.

The chairman of the Sauk County, Wis., Board called for closer coordination between parties involved in railroad projects that could have economic impacts the area, the Baraboo News Republic reports.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's light rail expansion is being recognized as one of the Top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects, compiled by the Washington, D.C., consulting firm CG/LA Infrastructure LLC.

The new US 62/US 641 Tennessee River Bridge below Kentucky Dam should be opened to traffic Nov. 25, the West Kentucky Star reports. US 62 and US 641, which run concurrently through the area, have been closed at the site since September 9 and traffic detoured via Interstate 24 as the new bridge approaches were completed and connected to existing highways.

In its continuing efforts to improve lighting inside Metrorail stations, Washington, D.C., Metro officials are testing a new bank of lights on the mezzanine level at one entrance to the Judiciary Square Metrorail station - the F Street entrance. 

The Maryland Transit Administration is advising Metro Subway customers of the completion of recent track maintenance that had affected weekend service since mid-June. Customer wait times for weekend trains have returned to the regular schedule of every 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. Approximately one mile of the main line was single-tracked throughout the four-month long maintenance project that was completed this month. Weekday operation was not impacted.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey, Pennsylvania State Representative Joshua D. Shapiro and local government and community leaders at Crestmont (R2) Regional Rail station.

Five years ago Nov. 23, Metro, the District of Columbia and the New York Avenue partners opened the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metrorail station on the Red Line. Since its opening, ridership has climbed at the station each year and the station has become a catalyst for economic development. 

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