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California HSR project breaks ground California's long-anticipated and controversial plan to build a high speed rail system linking San Francisco with Los Angeles got under way on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the system's initial 29-mile leg in the Central Valley in Fresno, Calif.

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Mexico’s Federal Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) has agreed to pay $1.3 million in damages to China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) for costs incurred in bidding for the cancelled Mexico City-Queretaro high-speed rail project. On Nov. 3, 2014, SCT announced...
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Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Christopher Papazoglou a senior supervising engineer in its New York City office, with technical and managerial responsibilities on rail design projects in the New York region. He is currently working in support of the East Side...
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Carolina Worrell has joined Railway Age as Managing Editor, based at Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.’s headquarters in New York City. A graduate of City University of New York-Hunter College, Worrell honed her skills at Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction),...
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U.K.-based Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management firm, is expanding its rail transportation presence in North America with new executive hires and a new design center in Pittsburgh, Pa. David Thurston, Ph.D., PE, a senior technical director, will lead...
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All Aboard Florida (AAF) has selected GE Transportation Gobal Signaling Solutions to design and manufacture signaling, grade crossing and related Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment for its 235-mile higher-speed passenger rail corridor, which will connect Miami with Orlando International Airport. AAF,...

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Flexible, cost-effective, and safe, Amtrak’s innovative Mobile Passenger Scaffolding benefits passengers and work crews alike. On many passenger rail systems, the Bridge and Building (B&B) Department is an important part of an effective track production program, keeping heavy track production units...
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On March 9, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads, No. 13-1080, 575 U.S. ___ (2015) (DOT v. AAR), a case closely watched in the railroad industry and by...
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Amtrak's Cascades service between Portland and Eugene will end if Oregon's state legislature enacts the budget adopted by its Joint Ways and Means Committee the week of March 30, 2015 that proposes slashing funding for the daily state-backed service on the...
Warwick, N.Y.-based Mechanical Rubber Products Co. announced Monday, March 9, 2015 it has acquired Prestige Rubber Manufacturing Co., based in Fairfield, N.J. Mechanical's asset purchase "included extrusion dies, mandrels, compounds, expansion joint forms and customer order records," the company said. Mechanical...
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The U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2015 passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA, H.R.749) “with widespread bipartisan support,” according to Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). Denham joined Transportation and...