The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) assisted in Colonial Pipeline’s efforts to get Line 4 up and running May 10 “on a manual basis and is continuing to support efforts to ensure safe movement of fuels manually, while concurrent efforts to restore the system’s operation continues.”

USDOT Responding to Colonial Pipeline Disruption

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has outlined its efforts to help mitigate impacts of the May 7 ransomware cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline system.

More than 300 people rode Amtrak’s Gulf Coast Inspection Train (pictured) from New Orleans to Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2016, as part of an ongoing effort to restore passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast, which was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and never resumed. (Marc Glucksman, Amtrak)

USDOT Weighs In on Gulf Coast Service

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) “stands ready” to work with Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern (NS) and other stakeholders to restore “long overdue” passenger service between New Orleans and Mobile, it wrote in a recent Surface Transportation Board (STB) filing.

Beginning May 23, Amtrak and its partner state transportation departments will restore all Hiawatha Service round-trips between Milwaukee, Wis., and Chicago, Ill.

FRA: $1.7B ARP Funds for Amtrak

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will make available to Amtrak more than $1.69 billion in COVID-19 relief funding, provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

People News: NJ Transit, HDR, Schenck, STV, WSP

New Jersey Transit hires Chief of Construction Management; HDR names Transportation Program Delivery Services Director; Schenck Process Group signs on Advisory Board Chairman; STV appoints Vice President; WSP USA welcomes two Leadership Team members for Southern California and Nevada.

Bose Federal Railroad Administrator Nominee

As largely expected, President Joe Biden will nominate current Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator Amit Bose as FRA Administrator, the White House announced April 23.

For USDOT, a Scientific Approach, and TOD Funds

Resurrecting a position that was abolished more than 40 years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation is appointing a Chief Science Officer for the entire agency, and has taken additional steps “to act on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to address the climate emergency and restore scientific integrity.” And the Federal Transit Administration has made available $10 million in TOD (transit-oriented development) planning grant funds.

The new Passenger Rail Working Group will prepare the STB for its upcoming responsibilities in monitoring and enforcing Amtrak on-time performance.

STB Forms Passenger Rail Working Group

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has established an in-house Passenger Rail Working Group to ensure it can meet its PRIIA obligation to assess Amtrak on-time performance data, which the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will begin reporting later this year.

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The FEIS and ROD for the Hudson Tunnel Project are set for completion in May.

Biden Greenlights Resumption of Gateway Project

The Biden Administration has announced that a “critical milestone” in the Gateway Tunnel Project will be achieved in May—completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record of Decision (ROD).

FRA Promoting Diversity, Inclusion

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is conducting what it describes as “a first of its kind” nationwide small, minority-owned and woman-owned “business disparity study” whose intent is to determine “whether the playing field is level” for firms bidding on subcontracts from grantees receiving FRA funds.