NCDOT wraps largest rail infrastructure improvement program

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is celebrating the completion of the state’s largest program of passenger and freight rail infrastructure improvements.

Brightline slates fares and service date

Brightline announced a new launch date for revenue service as well as schedule and fares for the private South Florida passenger rail operations.

Charlotte sets Blue Line extension opening

Charlotte’s LYNX Blue Line Extension will open March 16, completing a $1.1-billion project to add 9.3 miles and 11 stations to the North Carolina city’s light rail system.

Parsons’ House to CTF Board

Sunnie House, Vice President and Western Regional Manager for North America Rail for Parsons, has been appointed Chair of the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Board of Directors.

New rotary latch solution from Southco

Southco, Inc., a producer of engineered access products, has recently expanded its line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-81 Rotary Latch with Paddle Actuator. The newest addition to the R4 Rotary Latch series combines a compact rotary latch with a heavy-duty paddle actuator, enabling direct actuation without the need for a connected cable.

HDR to plan Tacoma Dome light rail extension

Engineering firm HDR has announced it will plan the final extension needed for Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) to complete light rail service between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.

KC Streetcar expansion plan gets FTA boost

Federal regulators have approved a major step forward for development of a planned expansion of the streetcar system in Kansas City.

Professional development course in passenger rail

The Railroad Engineering and Safety program at the University of Delaware is offering a new, interactive program focusing on the organization and fundamental operations of passenger railways, March 7-8, 2018, at the university’s Newark, Del., campus.

Network Rail Consulting appoints Alderman VP North America-West

Network Rail Consulting (NRC) has appointed Mitch Alderman as Vice President, North America-West. He will focus on business development, working with NRC’s business development specialists to find and secure new growth opportunities. He will also oversee and support work with existing clients.

Parsons adds Ryan to rail team

Jennifer Ryan, a longtime rail project engineer and winner of Railway Age’s inaugural Women in Rail award, has joined Parsons as a Senior Project Manager, Rail, in the corporation’s Irvine, Calif., office.