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

GDC Submits FTA Documentation for Hudson Tunnel Project Funding

The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) on April 16 announced that it has submitted all documents required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to reach a Full-Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) for $6.88 billion in Capital Investment Grants (CIG) funding for the Hudson Tunnel Project (HTP).

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Amtrak Issues RFI for Zero-Emissions Technology

Amtrak announced April 16 that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to seek options that will help transform its rail fleet with zero-emissions technology, “marking progress towards the company’s long-range goal of eliminating emissions used to power Amtrak’s trains.”

NS Deploys Second DTI Portal

Norfolk Southern has deployed its second Digital Train Inspection Portal (DTI) in Jackson, Ga., on its Atlanta South District Subdivision, where approximately 19 trains pass through daily. Each portal features Machine Vision

Rail Vision systems are said to detect objects on and along the tracks from a distance of up to 1.2 miles (2 kilometers)—in real time, as well as in all weather and light conditions. When an obstacle is detected, the system sends visual and acoustic alerts in real-time to both the operator and the command-and-control center. (Image Courtesy of Rail Vision)

Rail Vision Seeks to Expand U.S. Market Reach

Ra’anana, Israel-based Rail Vision Ltd. on April 15 announced that, as part of its marketing efforts in the U.S., it has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOD) with an undisclosed leading railway technologies company for the distribution of its MainLine and ShuntingYard products.

Report: SCOTUS Passes on NS vs. STB Suit

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined April 15 to hear Norfolk Southern’s challenge to a 2022 Surface Transportation Board ruling (Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Surface Transportation Board et al., case number 23-577, in

SEPTA Terminates CRRC Contract ‘For Cause’

Citing four years of delays, poor workmanship and quality controls and zero deliveries, SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) has terminated a $185 million contract with Chinese SOE (state-owned enterprise) CRRC (China Railway

Big Boy Westward Bound

Union Pacific has announced the general schedule for a summer tour of Big Boy 4014, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive. 4014’s Westward Bound Tour will start June 30 in Cheyenne, Wyo., enroute to Roseville, Calif.,

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Gouveia Leads HDR Northeast Transit

HDR has promoted New England Transportation Manager Tony Gouveia, P.E., to a dual role as Northeast Transit Leader, adding to his current position. Gouveia will work with teams and clients to support

New Jersey Transit’s Board on April 10 unanimously approved a 15% fare hike starting July 1, with a 3% annual increase beginning July 1, 2025. (William C. Vantuono Photograph)

Transit Briefs: NC by Train, NJ Transit, TTC

Ridership for NC By Train—North Carolina-supported Amtrak service—marks a milestone. Also, the New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) Board approves a double-digit fare hike; and communications, electrical and signal workers at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will begin strike action on April 22 if a collective agreement is not reached.

OmniTRAX Advances Brown to EVP

OmniTRAX, an affiliate of The Broe Group, has promoted Nathan Brown to Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, an expanded role reporting directly to CEO Dean Piacente. Brown will lead