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USDOT and Chicago Union Station move towards $1B redevelopment plan Chicago announced Jan. 12 that the city, along with Amtrak, Metra, the RTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Build America Bureau are entering into an Emerging Projects Agreement (EmPA), towards the ultimate goal of seeking up to $1 billion in federal funding for the Union Station modernization project.
AAR: total weekly U.S. rail traffic down 11.4% The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Jan. 11 for the week ending January 7, 2017,  total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 441,417 carloads and intermodal units, down 11.4% compared with the same week last year.
Alstom wins Ferromex contract in Mexico Alstom has been awarded a contract by Ferromex to provide maintenance for 219 freight locomotives for a five year period.
Amtrak shakes up the building (before moving it) Amtrak announced Jan. 4 several significant management and organizational changes instituted by President and CEO Wick Moorman.
Second Avenue Subway open for business New Year’s Day, 2017: Nearly 88 years after the first bond issue was floated to finance construction of a subway under Second Avenue on New York City’s East Side, the first MTA New York City Transit Q Trains began rolling between 63rd and 96th Streets on the Second Avenue Subway. Thousands attended the inauguration of service.

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January 13, 2017
Optimism was the main thread that ran across the presentations we saw at the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) meeting in Chicago Jan. 11-12. Most people felt better about the economy and, while many were positive about the new...
usdot-and-chicago-union-station-agree-to-redevelopment-plan
January 13, 2017
Chicago announced Jan. 12 that the city, along with Amtrak, Metra, the RTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Build America Bureau are entering into an Emerging Projects Agreement (EmPA), towards the ultimate goal of seeking up to $1...
wsp-|-parsons-brinckerhoff-rebranding-as-wsp
January 13, 2017
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff announced Jan. 12 that it will assume the WSP name effective May 2017. The firm has operated as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff since the acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff by WSP in October 2014. “We are adopting a single...
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January 13, 2017
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, Railway Age’s 54th Railroader of the Year, leads the world's largest agency of its kind. In this wide-ranging interview with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono, Prendergast reflects on his...
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January 12, 2017
Jeff Popovich has joined transit industry executive search firm KL2 Connects LLC  as the firm’s fifth principal. Jeff has more than 20 years of consulting and IT management experience, most recently as Chief Information Officer for the American Public Transportation Association....

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