Said the New York Times in 1957: “The Second Avenue Subway, envisioned long ago and promised in 1951, probably will never be built.” It took nearly 60 years, but on Dec. 23, 2016, the Gray Lady was proven wrong.
On Dec. 21, 2016, the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) named the Walong to Marcel 2nd Track project by Granite Construction as the 2016 Small Project of the Year.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Dec. 21 that for the week ending Dec. 17, 2016, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 523,949 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.3% compared with the same week last year—relatively flat.
The North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) has set its slate officers for 2017, appointed a new Executive Director, and announced meeting dates.
The Surface Transportation Board on Dec. 15, 2016 granted Genesee & Wyoming Inc. authority to acquire control of Providence & Worcester Railroad Co.
MTA New York City Transit’s long-anticipated Second Avenue Subway will make its inaugural run in time for New Year’s Eve, with revenue service launching at noon on Jan. 1, 2017.
Sound Transit, the regional transit system serving the greater Seattle area, has enacted a $1.6 billion 2017 budget.