Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Denver/Aurora R-Line Opening February 24

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RTD’s newest light rail line, the R Line, brings light rail service through the heart of Aurora. The 10.5 miles of new light rail connects the existing track at Nine Mile Station up I-225 to the Peoria Station on the University of Colorado A Line. The new R Line provides easy connections to the University of Colorado A Line and the H Line, making it easier than ever to get to the airport, the Denver Tech Center or downtown Denver.

Union Pacific Railroad was named the most admired among trucking, transportation and logistics companies by Fortune for the seventh consecutive year, the Class I announced yesterday.

The designation also marked the 14th time...

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

22 Train Cars Derail, Plunge into River in California

22 train cars derail, plunge into river in California
22 train cars derail, plunge into river in California
PanARMENIAN.Net - A freight train derailed Friday, February 10 afternoon near Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California, U.S., sending 22 train cars into the Cosumnes River near Highway 99, according to the Cosumnes Fire Department.
KCRA reports that the Union Pacific train was headed from Tracy to Roseville when it derailed about 12:45 p.m. near Dillard Road.
Three people were on board the train, but no one was injured.
“Absolutely apologize for the disruption; but again, thankfully there were no injuries, no hazardous material involved and so, we’ll get this cleaned up as quick as possible,” the Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Justin Jacobs said.
The train was carrying food products. A hazmat crew was originally called to the scene as a precaution, but that crew had left.
Near the train derailment is a levee break, but it is unclear if that caused the derailment. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
Union Pacific has been doing inspections in this area because of the recent inclement weather.
"They inspect the rail to ensure that everything is as it's supposed to be. Safe for the trains to travel down." Jacobs said. "What happened in this incident will come out in the investigation."
The investigation has been halted for the night because of rising water and a lack of sunlight. Cleanup and repairs will resume in the morning.
Union Pacific said 20-30 trains use this line per day, including Amtrak. Trains will be rerouted until the lines are reopened.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Suicide Prevention on the Rails

Railroads institute more measures to help prevent suicides on their systems

Union Pacific Railroad provides suicide prevention hotline cards to employees that can be given to anyone perceived as distraught.
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By Jeff Stagl, Managing Editor

The two most common ways people commit suicide in the United States are by gunshot and by a prescription drug overdose. But another recurring method is by train. If a distraught person doesn’t have access to a gun or pills, he or she might seek the nearest railroad track — which is easier to find — and intentionally wait to be struck by a train.

Suicides involving trains are...

Friday, February 3, 2017

Denver RTD officer fatally shot outside Union Station

Regional Transportation District of Denver(RTD) contract police officer was shot and killed on Tuesday at the Wynkoop Plaza in the city's lower downtown area.

Scott Von Lanken, who worked for RTD contractor Allied Universal, was killed while...