Latest Rail News

Citing a overwhelming number of applications, the Federal Railroad Administration has made a change to the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) high speed rail grant program, announcing that it expects to award grants this winter, rather than in several rounds.

BNSF opened its Memphis Intermodal Facility for an advance look by members of its customer advisory board. The more than $200-million expansion is in its final phases of work. When fully operational in 2010, the expanded facility will have double the capacity, reduce emissions and improve air quality. The BNSF Memphis Intermodal Facility spans 185 acres and will have the capacity to handle one million lifts per year at full build out. 

L.B. Foster Co. has won a $2.7-million contract to supply rail fasteners, trackwork and new rail to the Allegheny County Port Authority Light Rail System's 1.2-mile North Shore Connector. Then new light rail corridor will travel in two bored tunnels beneath the Allegheny River to connect Pittsburgh's city center (Gateway Subway Station) with North Shore neighborhoods.

As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Governor Patrick said the Salem commuter parking facility would move forward thanks to a full funding commitment from the state.

Opening a new rail gateway for double-stacked containers is taking place across southern West Virginia 20 grueling feet at a time, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. Every weekday, Norfolk Southern shuts down a portion of its main line between the East Coast and the Midwest so crews can raise the roofs in the line's tunnels.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had a simple message for the Florida Senate: Get behind the planned SunRail commuter train in Central Florida, or forget about the state winning $2.5 billion in federal money for a high-speed train linking Orlando with Tampa, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Pennsylvania has applied for $3.1 billion in federal stimulus funds to build high-speed railroad projects, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Continuing its pursuit of a portion of the $8 billion available through the ARRA High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program, the Washington State Department of Transportation applied for more than $1.3 billion in ARRA stimulus funds for the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor.

Helping freight trains move quicker and reducing the time motorists spend waiting for trains to pass are goals of a $26-million federally funded project announced Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Plans were unveiled to add a third main rail line over about three miles in Blue Island and Alsip, Ill., easing congestion in the busy south suburban corridor.

The imminent reactivation of an old railroad route through Gastonia could mean that one or more local street crossings will be closed to vehicular traffic, the Gaston Gazette reports. The state-run N.C. Rail Co. wants to eliminate two crossings to reduce safety concerns and avoid the cost of installing safety devices along the old Piedmont and Northern railway.

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