(Photograph Courtesy of MBTA)

FTA Issues Safety Directives to MBTA (UPDATED)

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) have been called out by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for safety violations.

Amtrak is in the procurement phase of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program. (Photograph Courtesy of Amtrak)

Amtrak Launches Procurement Phase for B&P Tunnel Replacement Program

Amtrak is working toward replacement of B&P Tunnel in Baltimore.

Amtrak Increasing Acela Speeds in New Jersey

Amtrak passengers can now travel even faster on Acela as recent infrastructure improvements along a 16-mile segment of the Northeast Corridor in New Jersey between South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction) and Trenton known as the Raceway can accommodate speeds of up to 150 mph.

SEPTA’s King of Prussia Rail project will extend the existing Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) four miles into King of Prussia, providing a “one-seat” ride from any station along the NHSL.

SEPTA Issues RFP for King of Prussia Rail

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the final design phase of the King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) project.

Jim Wrinn, Trains magazine Editor, 61, dies after more than 17 years at helm of magazine. (Kalmbach Media)

Jim Wrinn, 1961-2022

Jim Wrinn, the longtime editor of Trains magazine, died at home on March 30 after a long illness.

Balfour Beatty and Caltrain on Jan. 28 placed the final electrification pole foundation for the new overhead catenary system.

Caltrain, Balfour Beatty Set Final Foundation for Electrification Project

Caltrain and Balfour Beatty on Jan. 28 celebrated setting the final of 3,092 foundations for the new overhead catenary system (OCS) that will support electrified service.

An ACS64-led Amtrak Northeast Regional train prepares to depart Penn Station New York, bound for Washington, D.C. William C. Vantuono photo

FTA Increases Hudson Tunnel Project Rating to ‘Medium-High’

The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) on Jan. 20 announced new ratings for six projects seeking funding from the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program—one was for the Hudson Tunnel Project and the others for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects.

CHSRA Meets Federal Grant Match—Early

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has notified the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) that it has fully met its state funding match requirements for federal dollars one year ahead of schedule.

Hamidreza Rezaei, Vice President, National Technical Director of Underground Structures, STV

STV Appoints Rezaei VP

Hamidreza Rezaei has joined engineering and construction management firm STV as Vice President, National Technical Director of Underground Structures.

FRA Offers $198MM in SOGR Grants

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)—including $198 million in grant funding—for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program (Partnership Program); applications are due March 7, 2022.