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Hawaii House extends rail transit funding excise tax for two years
The Hawaii House of Representatives extended the general excise tax (GET) that helps fund Honolulu's first rail transit project on April 11. The funding package will contribute an additional $1.2 billion to the project.
California High-Speed Rail Authority announces executive transition
After five years of service for the California High-Speed Rail Authority Chief Executive Officer Jeff Morales announced that he will step down from his position early this summer after the Board of Directors is expected...
CTA to renovate historic Quincy Station, add accessibility and modernize
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. announced the beginning of a major project to renovate the historic Quincy Loop station. CTA says the project will make the 120-year-old station...
LACTMA’s TBM Harriet retires after digging twin tunnels
Now that Harriet the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) completed her second tunnel at the Leimert Park Station for the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (LACTMA) has announced her retirement. Since she began digging...
Janno Lieber joins senior ranks of MTA
Janno Lieber has joined the senior executive ranks of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as chief development officer. In this newly created position, Lieber will take over leadership and oversight of key strategic capital initiatives...
NY, NJ senators request visit from Sec. Chao to highlight need for rail infrastructure funding
Four democratic senators from New York and New Jersey are urging U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to visit the rail infrastructure linking to two states to highlight the need for investment in the region's...
FRA grade-crossing workshop to help prioritize research needs
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is planning a workshop this summer to tackle a critical rail safety element: grade crossings. The FRA's Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety workshop will be held Aug. 15-17 at the Westin Hotel...
Siemens creating “Internet of Trains”
Siemens' U.S. unit has launched Digital Rail Services, a new business that will use intelligent sensors and advanced software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country's rail systems. The company...
Metra seeks easy terms, as many cars and locos “as possible”
The builders' line forms to the right. Chicago's Metra is seeking requests for proposals for the design and production of new railcars and locomotives to replace its aging fleet. The agency in a release said it...
BART kicks off Concord Station plaza construction
Construction and renovation began yesterday at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Concord Station plaza. BART says the renovations will revitalize the station with a major makeover, including improved pedestrian access, an added bike lane, energy-efficient...
APTA fighting proposed transit budget cuts
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is taking the fight to Capitol Hill to oppose President Trump's budget proposal to cut major public transit appropriations for the remainder of fiscal 2017 and 2018. APTA said its...
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