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BNSF outlines $6 billion capex plan
BNSF on Jan. 15, 2015 announced details about the major capital projects it plans to complete in 2015 to maintain and grow its rail network. These planned capital investments are part of BNSF’s 2015 capital plan of $6 billion, which was...
Rail bottleneck relief sought for Connell, Wash.
Washington State legislators and city administrators hope to obtain federal funding to reconfigure and improve a 100-year-old railroad interchange at Connell, Wash., to relieve a bottleneck in the movement of agricultural commodities. Officials want to reconfigure the Connell Rail Interchange to...
LEJAK & Associates buys Alpha Products
Bedford Park, Ill.-based Alpha Products, Inc., a metal fabrication and stamping company, says it has completed its sale to a new ownership group led by John Marks of LEJAK & Associates. Terms of the sale, finalized this week, were not...
Appalachian Railcar Services makes buy
Eleanor, W. Va.-based Appalachian Railcar Services (ARS) on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, said it has acquired BRC Rail Car Services of Lynchburg Va. BRC will operate under a new division, Appalachian Tank Car, which was established for this acquisition, ARS said. The...
Amtrak readies Vermonter reroute
A long-awaited reroute of Amtrak's Vermonter will commence on Dec. 29, 2014, as the nation's intercity passenger carrier begins serving Greenfield and Northampton, Mass. on a more direct route along the so-called "Knowledge Corridor" stretching from New Haven, Conn., to...
Partners in transit
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...
Movable bridge best-practices
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...
Signals lit for Lamphier and company
On a recent drive past BNSF’s Hauser Yard, just a few miles north of my home in Post Falls, Idaho, I noticed the routine glow of signals standing alongside main tracks that lead into the run-through, semi-enclosed refueling facility. That facility,...
Arcadis lands NYCT post-Sandy work
Arcadis US has been awarded a $26 million "task order" contract by MTA New York City Transit to, essentially, weatherproof huge swaths of the city's subway system inundated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The five-year contract, announced by the company...
BNSF bumps capex to $6 billion for 2015
BNSF’s planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, another record for a company that, including next year’s amount, will have made more than $50 billion in capital investments since 2000. BNSF also updated its planned capital expenditures for...
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