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Szabo plans to leave FRA Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo will be stepping down from the post he has held since April 2009 and, effective Jan. 1, 2015, will be on staff at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)—effectively returning to his Chicagoland roots.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a safety advisory to the rail industry to better protect rail employees working on rights-of-way under the supervision of a dispatcher.   "Clear communication is critical...
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Transportation Reinvention Commission, a group of 24 experts tasked with addressing challenges facing the regional transportation network, released a report that recommends the MTA take significant steps to re-engineer its way...
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Three bridge concepts presented for the Kenilworth channel crossing on the Minneapolis Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension) would reinterpret the existing wooden railroad bridge with new, low-profile structures.  The project designers' concepts feature arches, angled piers...
Watco Transportation Services appointed Jason Stutzman to director – transportation safety and training where he will work closely with the regional safety managers to develop and improve initial and annual refresher training courses.   He will be...
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) named Deborah Harper chief administrative officer, where she will oversee CHSRA's administrative operations, which include the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Business Services/Facilities and the Office of...

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Cardi Corporation has been awarded a $42-million contract for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said...
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Just five years into service, the Canada Line in Vancouver, B.C., was recognized for its 200 millionth passenger November 1.   The Canada Line is integrated into the existing transit and SkyTrain network, providing a link between...
Ted Niemeyer, P.E., has joined V3 Companies as its director of railroad services, heading up its Railroad Engineering Practice.   Niemeyer brings more than 40 years of railroad experience to V3 Companies, including 18 years in engineering...
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a special investigation report on common organizational factors in five Metro North Railroad accidents between May 2013 and March 2014.   The report examines several common safety management problems present...
Watco Transportation Services has promoted Ron Martin to vice president of transportation safety and training and Michael Smith to director of engineering safety and training.   Martin has been with Watco for 15 years, giving him a...