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Missouri to receive $29M grant for St. Louis bridge repairs

Jun. 13, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the state is getting as much as $28.8 million in federal grants to repair a freight and passenger train bridge in St. Louis. Parson says the grant will extend the life of the MacArthur Bridge until about 2085. The bridge connects St. Louis to East...

New exhibit celebrates history of Framingham's downtown

Jun. 13, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Walking through downtown more than a century ago, visitors found a community on the rise. Passengers arrived at the handsome train depot on Waverly Street designed by architect H.H. Richardson. Horse-drawn carriages pulled firefighting equipment to the red-brick firehouse on Hollis...

Amtrak to partially restart Kansas City to St. Louis route

Jun. 12, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City will be partially restored this week. The passenger rail service line and the Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that morning departures from the two cities on the Missouri River Runner route will resume Thursday....

Development near rail lines strains PATH system's capacity

Jun. 12, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The gleaming new rail station sandwiched between the Red Bull Arena soccer stadium and the eastern banks of the Passaic River encapsulates the hopes and realities of modern rail commuting in the New York metro region. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unveiled the new PATH...

Report: Number of MBTA derailments among nation's highest

Jun. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal records show the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has one of the highest rates of derailments among the nation's public transit systems. The MBTA is reeling from two subway train derailments in recent days, including one that occurred on the Red Line Tuesday in Boston that...

Boston transit head seeks outside review after 2 derailments

Jun. 11, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Boston-area transit system promised an independent review of recent subway derailments after one during Tuesday's morning rush caused widespread disruption for commuters. Steve Poftak, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said investigators were...

Chicago suburb to get federal money to ease rail congestion

Jun. 11, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

DOLTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb is receiving federal money to help ease freight rail congestion. Federal officials say the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded over $19 million to an interlocking system project in Dolton, which is roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Chicago. U.S. Sen....

Capital construction plan includes $1B for I-80 expansion

Jun. 9, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A massive capital construction plan approved by Illinois lawmakers includes $1 billion for road work along Interstate 80, and hundreds of millions of dollars to boost rail and bus services. The Chicago Tribune reports the roughly $40 billion plan comes after a decade without such funding....

Alabama governor balks at Amtrak funding

Jun. 9, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak train service. Her comments on Saturday came a day after the project to return passenger train service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama took a big step forward when officials...

Public hearings this week on Proctor bicycle-pedestrian path

Jun. 9, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

PROCTOR, Vt. (AP) — Public hearings are set this week on a $600,000 pedestrian-bicycle path project in in the Vermont town of Proctor and repairs to a bridge over a railroad. Town Manager Stan Wilbur says both hearings will be held Wednesday at the Proctor Free Library. The first hearing begins at 6 p.m....