The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has passed its five-year surface transportation bill authorizing $78 billion for rail, freight, safety and research programs; it is a bipartisan measure supported by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA).
Privately funded high-speed rail developer Texas Central has signed a $16 billion “final agreement” with Italian firm Webuild Group and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction Corp. to build its 236-mile line connecting Dallas and Houston. Funding, however, is still yet to be secured.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has earned the New England Environmental Business Council Award for Climate Change Project of the Year; Metrolinx, the Toronto-area regional transit agency, has installed roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels at four stations, saving almost C$1.8 million in energy costs to date; the CRRC Massachusetts plant recently celebrated the arrival of the first of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LACMTA) new subway cars on order; and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has launched a Transit Ambassador program.
Starting July 1, all tank car pressure relief valves (PRV) being qualified (built or rebuilt) by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) must be entered into the Railinc Component Tracking program; Siemens has launched a “Where the Jobs Are 2021” series to highlight the company’s training and career opportunities across the U.S.; TRAINFO Corp. is one of three companies in Manitoba to receive funding from the Canadian government through Western Economic Diversification Canada’s (WD) Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program; and consulting firm HDR has acquired WKE, a multi-modal transportation engineering company based in Santa Ana, Calif.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has released a bipartisan five-year surface transportation bill authorizing $78 billion for rail, freight, safety and research programs; it is a companion to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) recently advanced, and also bipartisan, $303.5 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) are among those in the global rail community marking International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on June 10.
Two of CSX’s Total Distribution Services Inc. (TDSI)-operated facilities have received Terminal of the Year Awards from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The Chicago (Ill.) Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have released preliminary design plans for modernizing the 100-year-old State/Lake station; and New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has partnered with Waze, a traffic navigation mobile app, to improve safety at highway/rail grade crossings in the state.
Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a $547 billion, five-year surface transportation reauthorization bill on June 4.
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