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Caltrain electrification design-build gets nod California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has signed California Senate Bill (SB) 785, legislation that allows the Caltrain electrification project to proceed as a design/build procurement. The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board’s (Caltrain’s owner/operator) authority to issue design/build contracts expires at the end of this year, but SB 785 extends the authorization until 2024. Officials said extension of design/ build authority was necessary for the project to proceed as planned.

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More than 2.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation in the third quarter of 2014, up 1.8% from the comparable quarter in 2013, according American Public Transportation Association (APTA), releasing a report Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Rail transit...
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Chicago area transit agencies Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and suburban bus operator Pace have awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to supply an integrated, smart phone-based system supporting a variety of mobile ticketing, mobile top up, and contactless mobile...
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An update on plans to establish regular-interval all-day services on regional/commuter rail lines in southern Ontario was presented at the meeting of the Metrolinx board of directors on Dec. 11, 2014. Metrolinx is the regional public transportation authority for the...
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Contractors with transit project experience rely on solid communication, developing a team culture and enhancing relationships to get them to a successful result. Transit construction projects come with their own set of unique challenges, be it from the project alignment, political...
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Howard Learner, an attorney who serves as president of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, has joined Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Initiative, a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders tasked with identifying infrastructure and operational improvements to address...

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The 110-mph MPI HSP46 is the newest addition to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority regional rail locomotive fleet. MBTA is taking delivery on 40 HSP46 diesel-electric locomotives, nos. 2000-2039, built by Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower Industries. These four-axle units are equipped with...
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Even with the use of advanced technology, movable bridge machinery on an electrified railway remains a complex combination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. The geography of the Northern New Jersey/New York metropolitan area, combined with the crisscrossing of this region...
learner-joins-amtrak-chicago-panel
Howard Learner, an attorney who serves as president of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, has joined Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Initiative, a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders tasked with identifying infrastructure and operational improvements to address...
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Denver's Regional Transit District (RTD) said Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 that the last steel rail had been laid in RTD's East Rail Line, linking Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport, at roughly the midway point. RTD expects to open the...
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Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) trumpeted the arrival of its first electric multiple-unit (EMU) consist of four cars onto RTD territory late Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. RTD on Friday subsequently targeted an 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) arrival of the EMUs...