Mischa Wanek-Libman, Engineering Editor

Mischa Wanek-Libman, Engineering Editor

Replacement of  Portal Bridge, a two-track 110-year-old swing span structure linking New Jersey and New York City on the Northeast Corridor, is under way. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction.

The Port of Oakland Commissioners approved a rail project last week that will offer "a refrigerated gateway to Asia for U.S. meat exports."

The Port MacKenzie Rail Extension has reached 75% completion, but officials say the 32-mile roadbed embankment is closed to travel due to increased rates of vandalism.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:39

BNSF, WSDOT awarded W.W. Hay Award

INDIANAPOLIS: At Railway Interchange 2017, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) presented the 2017 Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence to BNSF and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the Improvements for Passenger Rail Service and Reliability on BNSF Railway in Washington State project.

Amtrak and New York's Gateway project got a prospective funding boost as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2-trillion omnibus package to provide all discretionary funding for the federal government for the 2018 fiscal year.
Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:59

Report: VA rail investment provides 250% return

A study by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) has found rail transportation operators in the area contribute more than $600 million to the commonwealth's general fund.

Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

Union Pacific adds 1,900 PTC miles

Union Pacific provided a second quarter update on its progress regarding implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) and notes it has made strides toward its 2018 goal.

Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:52

Port Rupert completes container expansion

The Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada, celebrated the completion of the two-year "Phase 2 North" expansion of DP World's Fairview Container Terminal with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to build and finance the Lakeshore East-Central Corridor Expansion project.
Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:17

NY Penn Station renewal work on schedule

The "Summer of Hell," while not quite living up to its reputation, will end for New York area commuters on Sept. 4 as the Amtrak Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station remains on schedule with regular operations returning on Sept. 5.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

California's future tied to rail: Report

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released a research report that details the impact freight and passenger rail operations have on the state economy.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Turnaround exec to lead MBTA as GM/CEO

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has named Luis Manuel Ramírez as its next General Manager/Chief Executive, effective Sept. 12. Ramírez, who will succeed Interim GM Steve Poftak, is credited with successful turnarounds at some of the nation's largest corporations through his 30-year business career.

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have withdrawn a proposed rule that would have regulated actions addressing sleep apnea for workers in safety-sensitive positions.

Friday, 04 August 2017 07:40

FTA issues ROD for Portal Bridge EIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that formally adopts the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Portal Bridge Project on the Northeast Corridor.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:59

TIGER, Amtrak spared in THUD bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved its FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which prioritizes funding for many transportation projects.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:37

Caltrain electrification under way

Following years of planning and recent federal funding uncertainty, Caltrain broke ground on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project July 21.

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill July 10. The bill, expected to undergo subcommittee markup July 11, reduces total discretionary spending and eliminates certain grant programs, but exceeds amounts requested by President Trump.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) renewed their call for the Gateway Program to advance with funding commitments.

Grupo México, S.A.B. de C.V. has completed the acquisition of Florida East Coast Holdings Corp. (FEC) through its Transportation Business Unit Grupo México Transportes, S.A. de C.V. (GMXT).

Union Pacific is incorporating "smart monitoring," a technique the railroad says has the potential to revolutionize how the railroad's 18,000 bridges are inspected.

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