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August 2011

Metra North Line Plans to Replace 22 Bridges

August 31, 2011

According to a recent ABC local report, Chicago’s Metra passenger rail will be rebuilding 22 bridges along Union Pacific’s North Line.  Officials point out that these 22 bridges are all more than a hundred years old and will soon lack the structural integrity to be safe by today’s standards.  In order to avoid pouring unnecessary […]

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Amtrak Will Increase Security for 9/11 Anniversary

August 31, 2011

Amtrak will increase security efforts for the 10th anniversary of September 11th.  A recent Amtrak press release indicates that there will be more passenger and baggage screenings. In addition to the increased screenings, the use of K-9 explosive detection will be more prevalent and there will be increased patrols around stations, trains, tracks and other […]

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New Jersey Transit Working Around The Clock After Irene

August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene made landfall on Saturday, August 27th, and then made its way up the eastern seaboard.  While many in New York City and Boston feared major disaster – fortunately it seems that the hurricane wasn’t as bad as many had predicted. However, one state that was hit pretty hard was New Jersey.  Residents throughout […]

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Norfolk Southern Releases Smartphone App

August 29, 2011

According to a Norfolk Southern press release, the freight railroad has released a new smartphone app.  The app, which will be free to any smartphone user, will have three main features: the news section, the stocks section and the media section.  The news section will connect users directly to the railroad’s news releases in addition […]

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Initial High Speed Rail Costs Underestimated in California

August 29, 2011

The California high speed rail project will not begin construction until 2012, but controversy has followed the project since its most infantile stages.  The trend for high-speed rail drama has only gained more momentum as the construction date nears.  California Watch has reported that the initial estimates for high speed rail costs are dwarfed by […]

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Boston Commuter Rail May Lose Night and Weekend Services

August 27, 2011

According to an article by the Boston Business Journal, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) may have to make serious cuts to their commuter rail service in the upcoming two years.  Like many other commuter rails in the East Coast, Boston’s commuter rail is having financial difficulties and without additional funding, the only solution is […]

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