The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved at least $50 billion in relief aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, including $5.4 billion for "Department of Transportation-Federal Transit Authority Emergency Relief."
Grand Central Terminal is 100 years old this year, in case you've somehow missed the cacophony of ongoing reminders from even the general media, not just railroad print and digital voices (including Railway Age, of course). Few centenarians have ever looked better.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday said it has signed an accord with BNSF Railway Co., noting "BNSF's voluntary revision of several personnel policies that OSHA alleged violated the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act [FRSA] and dissuaded workers from reporting on-the-job injuries."
Officials from Ontario's Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge metropolitan area, southwest of Toronto, say at least five station stops of the planned light rail transit system will be placed in the center of roadways and not along roadsides, similar to the approach taken in nearby Toronto.
Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. (MBCR) on Monday announced the launch of the "Conductor Companion" pilot program, using mobile device technology to allow conductors on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) regional rail trains to receive real-time information about service.
Two U.S. high speed rail players, Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), will combine efforts to advance a joint order of up to 62 high speed rail trainsets, with a Request for Information (RFI) possibly issued as early as this Thursday.
Axion International Holdings, Inc. producer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies, said it has received a purchase order from the Long Island Rail Road for additional Ecotrax rail ties, to be used "in various locations throughout Long Island." The size of the order was not specified.
New Jersey Transit Friday announced that as of Jan. 14, it "will restore service levels into New York to 100%, reflecting the agency's ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery and repair."
Dallas's Oak Cliff streetcar line may get additional funding for more right-of-way work and two additional streetcars, should the Regional Transportation Council approve the transfer of funds Thursday.