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RAIL

The longitudinal steel beams of the track structure upon which railroad wheels run. Rail is designated by weight per yard of length.

RAIL – INSULATED JOINT

A rail joint in which electrical insulation is provided between adjoining rails. Also see Insulated Rail Joint. (NTSC)

RAIL ANCHOR (ANTICREEPER)

A track device for ballasted track designed to prevent longitudinal rail movement (creep) caused by factors such as traffic or temperature variations. (TRB)

RAIL CAR

A relatively light, diesel-powered, two-axle rail vehicle with a body resembling that of a bus. (TRB)

RAIL CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION

Formerly a subsidiary of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) responsible for designing and constructing Metro rail network in Los Angeles County. Now the Construction Unit of the MTA.

RAIL CREEP

Longitudinal rail movement, caused by, for example, traffic or temperature variations. (TRB)

RAIL MODERNIZATION

Similar to Rail New Starts; funds are used for rail transit capital improvements which are allocated by formula rather than on a discretionary basis to existing system improvements. Statutory percentages are used to allocate funds between historic rail cities and…

RAIL MOTOR CAR (MOTOR CAR, POWERED CAR, SELF-POWERED CAR)

A rail car that is propelled by a motor or engine located on the car itself. If can often be operated in multiple units (multiple-unit car). Common types are electric (electric rail car), which receives current either from a third…

RAIL NEW STARTS

These discretionary funds require that projects be based on specific criteria for project justification and local financial commitment. Funds are generally earmarked by Congress to specific projects and are based on current and projected congressional earmarks and Federal Transit Administration…

RAIL OPERATIONS BULLETINS

Rail Operations Bulletins are numbered consecutively from January 1 of each year. Rail Operations Bulletins contain information having the same force as a rule and contain additions, deletions or changes to their Rule Book immediately upon issuance of a Rail…