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January 2012

New CTA Rail Cars Still Being Tested For Safety

January 23, 2012

Chicago’s CTA rail service and its rail car manufacturer Bombardier Transportation are still conducting stress tests and X-rays to determine if there is metal fatigue on the new shipment of rail cars.  On December 16, forty cars were pulled off of the Pink Line as a safety precaution and additional cars being manufactured were put […]

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Union Pacific To Invest $1 Billion In Nebraska After 150 Years Of Service

January 21, 2012

Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young announced Friday that the company will invest $1 billion in Nebraska rail upgrades over the next 7 years.  Across the state, the funds will be spent on three major projects.  First, Union Pacific will use $70 million to expand capacity, add track, and update technology at its North […]

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Light-Rail Crime In Clackamas County Upsets Residents

January 18, 2012

The occurrence of three crime incidents in Clackamas County over the last three weeks is sparking debate over whether the possible addition of the Milwaukie light rail will create even more of a public safety hazard.  The first incident, on December 6th, occurred when a 14 year old high school student was assaulted by three […]

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New Rail And Engineering Center at U. of Illinois

January 18, 2012

The University of Illinois announced Tuesday in a press release that they plan to add a rail transportation and engineering center to the school.  The U.S Department of Transportation will allocate $3.5 million to set up the center.  Called the NURail Center, this program, according to the University’s news release, will address problems with using […]

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Safety Precautions Taken For Chinese New Year Travelers

January 16, 2012

As the peak travel season of the Spring Festival in China approaches, most passengers are worried about booking their seats on crowded trains.  Tens of millions of travelers are expected to head home for the most important Chinese holiday on January 23, Chinese New Year.  However, the Shanghai Railway Bureau and Preventative Medical Association are […]

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Milwaukie Light Rail Petition Unlikely To Be Effective

January 16, 2012

A long-time petitioner of light rail construction, Ed Zumwait, filed a petition Friday that would require a public vote prior to approving any government spending for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail.  The petition still needs 1,900 signatures in order for it to become a measure voted on in the November elections. Other Oregon residents have responded […]

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