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MassDOT Board Approves $16.7B Five-Year CIP

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors on July 17 approved the Fiscal Year 2025-2029 (FY25-29) five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), which includes $16.7 billion in planned transportation investments.

FRA Issues Final Accident Report on NS Derailment

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on July 19 published its accident investigation report (download below) on the Norfolk Southern (NS) train derailment that occurred in East Palestine, Ohio, on Feb. 3, 2023, which was conducted “under its statutory authority with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) safety personnel, who were on the ground within hours of the derailment, working to identify the cause of the accident and examining compliance with rail safety regulations.”

Canada Launches New C$30B Public Transit Fund

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on July 17 announced the launch of the Canada Public Transit Fund, a new C$30 billion investment—the largest public transit investment in Canadian history—over the first ten years to expand public transit and make it more accessible across the country.

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BNSF Seeks to Add New Location to Existing SCABT Waiver

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on July 16 announced that BNSF has requested to add the Missoula, Mont., location to its existing waiver regarding single air brake tests (SCABT), which permits the Class I railroad to change the repair track designation so that the track on which in-train wheel replacements are performed “is not designated a shop or repair track.”

NTSB Issues Final East Palestine Report

Approximately three weeks after its June 25 public meeting in East Palestine, Ohio, site of the Feb. 3, 2023 derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train that resulted in a hazmat release

SEPTA Stepping Up Safety

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) said on July 16 it will implement “additional initiatives and a series of corrective action plans (CAPs)” in response to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Safety Management