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Canada will fund 60% of Lac-Megantic rail bypass project A 12.8-km (7.9-mile) route will allow trains to bypass the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, were a fiery train derailment left 47 people dead in July 2013.
Plans for Downtown Bakersfield HSR station approved The Bakersfield, Calif., City Council voted May 9 to approve the "Making Downtown Bakersfield" Station Area Vision Plan and Environmental Impact Report to continue revitalization efforts in the city.  
TriMet moves MAX project into final phase As TriMet's Providence Park MAX Improvements project moves into its final phase, the agency has announced that its MAX Blue and Red lines resumed regular service May 12.  
NYCT preps for NY Penn Station improvement project The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) will make structural repairs and station improvements at the 34 St-Penn Station subway complex starting May 20.  
NRC Auction raises record amount for safety, education training program The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association's (NRC) 15th Annual Railroad Construction and Maintenance Equipment Auction this year sold a total of 367 items and brought in $1.15 million from on-site and online bidders.  

Breaking News

  

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs, totaling $1.6 billion.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host a webinar on June 4 aimed at helping those seeking funding for the recently announced positive train control (PTC) grants.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced May 22 the launch of the next two major Blue Line station improvement projects, as part of the $492 million Your New Blue program.

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has announced LIRR Forward, a new initiative through which the railroad intends to revamp its operations and efficiency.

 

Miner Enterprises has acquired Texas-based DFW Grating, a manufacturer of metal grating products.

 

Operations will cease by the end of 2018 along the Huron Central Railway (HCRY), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc., which cites a lack of provincial funding needed to maintain service.

A consortium that expressed interest in purchasing the flood-damaged Hudson Bay Railway (HBR), the Port of Churchill and associated assets, has halted negotiations and cites the government of Canada's "unwillingness to engage in meaningful dialogue."

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has announced that the agency will add more than 600 new high-definition (HD) security cameras to its rail system as part of its Safe and Secure program.

 

Kansas City Southern (KCS) has announced organizational changes with three new appointments, all of which are effective immediately.

 

TEXRail trains got a new home the morning of May 22 with the celebratory opening of a new Equipment Maintenance Facility (EMF).

 

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