Latest Rail News

Officials of Kansas City Southern are in Laredo again, delivering the latest updates on the possibility of a rail bridge in the Laredo, Texas, area, television station KGNS reported. KCS officials say the project is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

The City of Leavenworth, Wash., and Amtrak said that the eagerly awaited restoration of rail passenger service to the popular Bavarian Village, a destination community in the Cascade Mountains, will begin on Friday, September 25. The first train returning to Leavenworth, one of Washington's most visited attractions, will be Amtrak's Empire Builder, departing Seattle that evening bound for Chicago.

Lynda Frost, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, said trains traveling through downtown Billings, Mont., were supposed to stop sounding their horns Sept. 18, one minute after midnight, according to The Gazette. And those are some big horns, emitting blasts of 96 to 110 decibels, as per federal regulations. A subway train, at a distance of 200 feet, registers at about 95 decibels, while 110 decibels is comparable to a power saw three feet away.

Track maintenance on the Red and Orange lines the weekend of Sept. 20-21 will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. Customers should add at least 20 minutes of time to their trips. 

 Metrorail customers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time for their trips because Metro will replace drainage pump cables.


Atlanta-based e-VERIFILE.COM Inc, is has launched e-RAILSAFE Canada--- the latest in the company's line of e-RAILSAFE branded services. The new service is based on the successful e-RAILSAFE Class 1 service, which was instituted in 2005 by the seven major railroads operating in the United States.

Canadian National next week will unveil the three-year, $100 million renovation to its Johnston Yard freight car switching facility in South Memphis, The Daily News in Memphis reports. The railroad will commemorate its massive investment of time and money on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at the yard, 297 Rivergate Road, off Horn Lake Road.

Building upon an analysis of commodity flows in the Maryland Freight Profile, Maryland DOT developed the Maryland Statewide Freight Plan, a multi-modal and comprehensive view of the state of freight and a freight strategy including a prioritized project list and complementary policies and funding approaches. The Plan provides an in-depth overview of the State's current and long-range freight planning activities and investments and is intended as a living document that will be consistently updated with feedback from internal and external stakeholders or users and beneficiaries of the freight network to also include passenger services as well.

 

The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors authorized a major pedestrian and traffic circulation improvement project at Newark Penn Station that will enhance safety, reduce vehicular congestion, strengthen the historic facility's connection to an increasingly vibrant downtown business and entertainment district and create an estimated 125 jobs.

Train service on five MTA Long Island Rail Road South Shore branches will be affected during the weekend of October 24 and 25 as work is completed on a major signal and switch modernization project in the Valley Stream area. The work will require a 48-hour suspension of train service through Valley Stream. Customers using the Babylon, Montauk, Far Rockaway, Long Beach and West Hempstead Branches will take buses for all or part of their trips and other trains will be diverted. To avoid delays, customers are advised to use North Shore branches this weekend. Unaffected lines include the Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma (west of Ronkonkoma) Branches.

CSX Transportation began operating a railroad hub in Bessemer, Ala., the week of Sept. 14 without any of the hullabaloo that a planned Norfolk Southern hub has stirred up down the tracks in McCalla, Ala., according to the Birmingham News. CSXT received the first train Sept. 14 at the $6-million container-loading terminal on 25 acres in the Interstate Industrial Park.

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