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The Canada Infrastructure Bank has reached financial close on a C$150 million loan to Prince Rupert Port Authority for the first phase of CANXPORT, a new export logistics hub that will expand rail-to-container transloading at the CN-service Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. (CNW Group/Canada Infrastructure Bank)

Intermodal Briefs: Port of Prince Rupert, UIPA

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) advances an export logistics hub project that will expand rail-to-container transloading at the CN-served Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. Also, Utah Inland Port Authority’s (UIPA) industrial park in Cedar City earns Union Pacific’s (UP) Focus Site program designation for “shovel ready” sites.

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, LA Metro, Sound Transit, Jacobs, CTA

Metrolinx reaches a major vehicle testing milestone on the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. Also, LA Metro’s Board votes to approve certification of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project; Sound Transit introduces a new fare inspection process; Jacobs is selected to provide program management services for Broward County Transportation’s first public transit expansion; and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) unveils renderings for the rehabilitation of the Western Brown Line Station.

(Image Courtesy of VIA Rail Canada)

VIA Rail Unveils 2030 Strategic Plan

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) on May 23 released a new five-year strategic plan, which Canada’s national rail passenger service described as the blueprint for its “next chapter.”


Timeless Union Pacific Shield Reflects Iconic Brand

The iconic Union Pacific Railroad shield with its distinctive red, white and blue color scheme dates back to an original design that’s more than 130 years old, making the logo one of the oldest in continuous use in the United States. The railroad often appears on top 10 lists of historic American brands, notably as the only railroad and only business without direct sales to the public.

Amtrak recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of accessibility upgrades worth $3.5 million at the Newbern-Dyersburg Station in west Tennessee. (Amtrak Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, NYMTA, PANY/NJ, TriMet

Amtrak debuts station accessibility upgrades in west Tennessee and an updated Cafe Acela menu. Also, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) marks progress on the reduction of subway fare evasion; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANY/NJ) PATH tap-and-go fare payment system is now available systemwide; and Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) adopts a $1.84 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025.

USDOT Issues RFI for Potential Applications of AI

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Infrastructure (ARPA-I) on May 22 announced that it is seeking potential applicants of Artificial Intelligence (AI) across all modes of transportation, as well

(Photograph Courtesy of FTA)

FTA: $10.5MM Available for TOD Planning

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 23 reported that approximately $10.5 million in Fiscal Year 2024 competitive grant funds are available to support local planning and investment near transit hubs, with a focus on projects that plan for affordable housing.

CN Receiving Next-Gen Ore Jennies (UPDATED 5/23)

CN is taking delivery on 600 new 1,150-cubic-foot iron ore hopper cars, colloquially called “jennies,” from FreightCar America. The new equipment, described as “a significant upgrade to CN’s fleet,” incorporates materials from

(Photographs Courtesy of CN, left, and CPKC, right)

Canadian Class I’s, TCRC Bargaining Update

Separate negotiations with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have been under way for CN and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), with the assistance of federal conciliators, the Canadian Class I’s reported May 16. CPKC on May 22 provided an update: “Regrettably, and despite our best efforts, no progress was made” on May 15 and May 21, and “[a]dditional bargaining dates have not been scheduled at this time.”

FRA said its three recently finalized reports on the “safety and performance of long trains” include findings from tests conducted on air brake racks (pictured) and the air brake system of a stationary train to examine how the length of long trains affects air brake system behavior and performance. (Photograph Courtesy of FRA)

FRA Finalizes Research Reports on Long Trains

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 22 announced that it has finalized three reports on the “safety and performance of long trains,” which have been submitted to the National Academy of