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Salpeas, Steven LaRocco advance at Parsons
Passenger rail veterans Takis Salpeas and Steven A. LaRocco have advanced to new positions in the Rail & Transit Systems Division of Parsons, effective immediately.
New NYC DOT chief: Polly Trottenberg
Polly Trottenberg, familiar to the rail industry in her role as Under Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will serve as the Transportation Commissioner for New York…
Public transit tax break slashed for 2014
U.S. public transit users headed for work, school, or other tasks as 2014 began once again were receiving unequal fiscal pre-tax transport treatment from the federal government, something that was…
NYCT VakTrak due for overhaul
After years of sucking up tons of track debris from the underground portions of the subway system, one of MTA New York City Transit’s (NYCT) two vacuum trains is receiving…
MTA seeks Buy America waiver for SAS
The Federal Transit Administration is considering a Buy America waiver submitted by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) "for the Pad and Rubber Boot of a Concrete Block for a…
MTA eyes 2016 return to South Ferry Station
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) hopes to restore service to the recently upgraded – and storm-destroyed – South Ferry Station in lower Manhattan by mid-2016.
Harsco Rail, Protran Technology sign pact
Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corp., said Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 it signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Protran Technology.
Porcari joins PB in executive role
John D. Porcari, former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), has been named Senior Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff. He will be…
First new PATCO railcars unveiled
PATCO on Dec. 11, 2013 publicly unveiled the first of 120 Alstom Transport-refurbished railcars at its Lindenwold, N.J., maintenance facility.
FTA releases comprehensive CBTC study
The Federal Transit Administration has published a Rail Transit Signal and Control Systems Research paper that provides “a comprehensive evaluation of CBTC technology.” The research project was conducted by Alan…
WMATA eyes big system expansion
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) unveiled a preliminary map of expanded Metrorail service Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, costing $26 billion, that would push the rapid rail system into parts of…
CTA Blue Line upgrade announced
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority officials announced details Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, of a four-year, $492 million plan to upgrade the CTA Blue Line.
Gotham's robust rail growth
MTA is readying infrastructure additions; continuing to repair, upgrade, and harden existing facilities; and acquiring new rolling stock, all in order to meet increasing passenger demand.
NJ committee: Subway to Hoboken OK by us
New Jersey's Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, offered the first substantive Garden State backing for a proposed No. 7 subway extension under…
Navy yard subway link eyed for SEPTA
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) is urging a 1.5-mile extension of SEPTA's Broad Street subway line to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the nation's oldest such facility, now redeveloped as an…
Pennsylvania passes transport funding measure
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has passed a $2.3 billion transportation package that raises the state gas tax and provides funding for rail operations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and on Amtrak's Keystone…
Alstom, Bombardier unveil Montreal metro cars
The consortium composed of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom Transport, together with the Societe de transport de Montreal (STM), unveiled Montreal's new metro cars Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.
BART taps Bombardier for more cars
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 exercised an option worth $638.9 million for an additional 365 cars from Bombardier Transportation, as part of BART's "fleet of the…
Vancouver Skytrain refurbishment under way
British Columbia's TransLink has begun returning to service the first of 114 Skytrain Mark I cars to be refurbished under an overhaul program. The cars have been in service since…
TTC shuns subway line shutdown
The Toronto Transit Commission has dismissed a proposal to close a portion of its subway system for a two-month stretch next year to implement overdue repairs.
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