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MassDOT, the MBTA, local elected leaders, community partners and others joined together to celebrate a groundbreaking for upcoming improvements at Winchester Center Station.

Passenger Rail Briefs: MBTA, TransLink

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) celebrated the groundbreaking of its Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station in Lowell, Mass. Also, TransLink announced SkyTrain expansions as part of its new 10-year plan, Transport

Report: California Delivering $4.2B to High Speed Rail

California’s new $307.9 billion budget includes the release of $4.2 billion in Proposition 1A funds to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, “prioritizing $2 billion for the construction of the Merced-to-Bakersfield segment, with a new independent Office of Inspector General providing oversight of the project,” the Los Angeles Times reported on June 30.

Final appointments to MetroCEO Stephanie N. Wiggins' executive cabinet were announced on June 30.
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L.A. Metro Announces Appointments to Executive Cabinet

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins announced on June 30 final appointments to her executive cabinet, beginning with the selection of current General Manager of the Los

Amtrak Maple Leaf Returns to Canada

Editor’s Note: Railway Age marks Canada Day, July 1, 2022, by extending greetings and best wishes to all our Canadian railway industry colleagues—freight and passenger/transit railroaders, suppliers, contractors, consultants, contributors—and reporting on

The Western Rail Initiative in Virginia calls for an additional round-trip train to Roanoke (launching July 11, 2022), and an extension of service from Roanoke to Christiansburg in the New River Valley following infrastructure improvements.

Virginia Moves Forward on New River Valley Rail Plan

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) and Norfolk Southern (NS) on June 30 announced the financial closing of a deal that will expand commonwealth-supported Amtrak service from Washington, D.C., to Roanoke and to the New River Valley.

USDOT: $573MM Railroad Crossing Elimination Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on June 30 released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Railroad Crossing Elimination Program. More than $573 million in grant funds will be available in Fiscal Year 2022.

Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO

TTD to Lawmakers: Boost STB Enforcement Authority on Common-Carrier Obligations

Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO President Greg Regan is urging a bipartisan group of lawmakers to support legislation reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board (STB). His agenda: to clarify the railroads’ common carrier obligation and to provide “more effective mechanisms” for the STB to enforce it. Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner weighs in.

Mueller was sworn in June 29 as the sixth MTA Chief of Police
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People News: NYMTA, OneRail Coalition, STV, HDR

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has appointed a new MTA Chief of Police. Also, OneRail Coalition announced winners of Canby Awards, STV welcomed new key leaders throughout Texas, and HDR

The public comment period on KDOT's State Rail Plan draft will remain open for 30 days.
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KDOT Requests Comments on State Rail Plan

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on its draft State Rail Plan, which provides an overview of freight rail networks in Kansas, commodity flows, economic data and information about