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FRA prepared to levy penalties for non-PTC compliance Positive Train Control (PTC) was again in the spotlight this week, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing June 24 on "The State of Positive Train Control in the United States."

Metra kicked off a $530,000-project to rehabilitate the Waukegan Station on its Union Pacific North Line June 29.   The project includes replacing the existing roof, partially repairing and painting the ceiling, partially removing and replacing floor...
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Google has agreed to partner with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on grade crossing safety, the agency announced on June 29, 2015.   Google will use the FRA's GIS data that pinpoints nearly every rail crossing in...
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The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) started operating test trains July 29 on the Blue Line to Cosumnes River College (CRC) light-rail extension currently under construction.   Test trains will operate between the Meadowview light-rail station and...
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board approved a 20-year, $70.7-million contract to the Harris Corporation of Rochester for the design, construction and maintenance of an enhanced radio system for the MTA Police Department.   Funding for this...
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Positive Train Control (PTC) was again in the spotlight this week, as the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing June 24 on "The State of Positive...

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Metrolink says Positive Train Control (PTC) is in Revenue Service Demonstration (RSD) across its entire 341-mile network earlier this month, making it the first railroad in the nation to have PTC running during regular service...
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Sound Transit contractors have completed initial work to integrate and test University Link light-rail signal and power systems as part of the push to open the extension in early 2016.   Over the past several months, Sound...
With the Congressionally-mandated December 31, 2015, deadline for many freight lines and all intercity and commuter rail systems to install, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has been working continuously over the past seven years...
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U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the "Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act" on June 19. The senators say the bill is written to "improve passenger rail safety, reauthorize Amtrak services...
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) awarded a $1.23-billion contract to construct a 60-plus mile portion of high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco to the joint venture team of Dragados USA and Flatiron.   The...