Transbay Joint Powers Authority is leading The Portal project, which is slated to bring Caltrain, and potentially the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s system, to San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center. (Transbay Joint Powers Authority Rendering)

Report: The Portal Project Advances in California

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has committed $3.38 billion to The Portal Project, bringing Caltrain commuter rail to San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center, the San Francisco Examiner reported May 11. The Transbay

Patriot Rail Names Christian CEO

Patriot Rail Company, U.S. operator of Class II and III freight railroads, transloading and other rail services companies has named Brandy D. Christian as the firm’s next Chief Executive Officer. Christian will

2023: A ‘Strong’ Year for VIA Rail

In 2023, 4.1 million passengers rode VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) trains, an increase of 815,000, or 24.7%, compared to 2022, marking the agency’s highest ridership since 2019, VIA Rail reported on May 14.

Sound Transit Opens 2 Line LRT

Sound Transit, the regional agency in the Seattle area, has been expanding lately. Its most recent light rail expansion, the 2 Line, opened on Saturday, April 27. The new line connects Bellevue

(Amtrak Photograph)

FRA: $2B Available for Fed State-NEC Grants

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on May 14 reported that it is making available more than $2 billion in Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program funding for projects located on the

Virginia DRPT Awards ‘Truck Diversion’ Grants

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has awarded Rail Industrial Access Program grants to SharpTech USA LLC, Queen City Logistics Center LLC and Norfolk Terminal LP to rehabilitate existing

The Portal North Bridge crossing the Hackensack River in the New Jersey Meadowlands is 50% complete, NJT and Amtrak reported May 13. (Photo Credit: Amtrak/Marc Glucksman and William Kyle Anderson)

Transit Briefs: NJT/Amtrak, MBTA, Caltrain, Brightline

New Jersey Transit (NJT) and Amtrak’s Portal North Bridge project on the Northeast Corridor is 50% complete. Also, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) advances Red Line track work, removing 13 speed restrictions; Caltrain launches Bay Area transit “discord server”; and Assured Guaranty Municipal Corporation insures $1.134 billion of bonds for Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad.

Pictured, left to right: Marlon Taylor, New York & Atlantic Railway (NYA Photograph); Tom Tulley, North County Transit District (NCTD Photograph); Peter Schwartz, HNTB (HNTB Photograph); Joy Riley, HNTB (HNTB Photograph); and Erin Slayton, HDR (HDR Photograph)

People News: NYA, NCTD, HNTB, HDR

Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH) elevates Marlon Taylor to President of New York & Atlantic Railway (NYA). Also, California’s North County Transit District (NCTD) hires Tom Tulley as Chief Operations Officer of Rail; HNTB appoints Peter Schwartz as Railroad Development Practice Lead and Vice President, and announces that Senior Project Manager Joy Riley has been named WTS South Carolina Chapter’s Member of the Year; and HDR’s Transportation Program Management Services Director Erin Slayton has been elected to the Executive Committee of WTS International.

Aurizon to Test Diesel Locomotive Battery Tender

Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, will develop and test a 1.8MWh battery-electric tender (BET) to power a standard diesel-electric locomotive in a hybrid diesel-battery configuration. Project partner Alta Battery Technology will

CN may continue work on its Milton intermodal terminal, which will include a rail yard with more than 12 miles of track, pending a decision by the Canadian Federal Appeal Court. It is being built in “a provincially designated significant employment zone,” on 400 of the 1,000 acres of land owned by CN east of Tremaine Road and south of Britannia Road in Milton, and adjacent to CN’s Halton Subdivision. (Screen-grab of CN video)

Class I Briefs: CN, UP

A Canadian federal judge is allowing, for now, continued construction of CN’s C$250 million Milton, Ontario, intermodal terminal. Also, Union Pacific (UP) earns 2023 Toyota Logistics Services awards.

Watch: Shaw Addresses NS Employees

Following the May 9 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw shared his thoughts with employees “on the path forward for our railroad,” NS said. “With shareholders expressing

STB: RSTAC Nominations Welcome

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is seeking nominations to fill a small-railroad representative vacancy on its Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC).

G&W Marks 125 Years

On May 9, Genesee & Wyoming marked its 125th anniversary at the Rochester & Southern, where the global Class II and Class III railroad conglomerate got its start in 1899. G&W unveiled

MGRC Assumes NHDOT Line Operation

Class III Merrimack & Grafton Railroad Corp. (MGRC), a subsidiary of Trans Rail Holding Co., has entered into an operating agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to assume common-carrier