Shortline & Regionals

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Hoffman Construction awarded contract to build Sound Transit’s Roosevelt Station Sound Transit, the Greater Seattle area’s regional transportation system, has awarded a contract to Hoffman Construction Company to begin building its Roosevelt Station in early 2017.  

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) named crew member fatigue as the probable cause of a 2014 Union Pacific (UP) Hoxie, Ark., accident that killed two crew members and seriously injured two others. Two Union Pacific...
vossloh-acquires-rocla-concrete-tie
Vossloh has acquired Rocla Concrete Tie, a manufacturer of concrete ties, switch ties, concrete low vibration track blocks and crossing panels. Vossloh said that the acquisition strengthens its presence in the USA market and further expands...
alstom-receives-ny-state-funds-to-expand-hornell-facility
New York state funds totaling at $30 million will go toward Alstom Transportation, Inc.’s $66 million expansion project, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Nov. 30.     The announcement follows a successful proposal by Alstom to produce next...
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President-elect Donald Trump has named Elaine Chao as his choice for U.S. Transportation Secretary. Chao is a former Deputy Transportation Secretary and a former Labor Secretary, and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
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A new report from the OneRail Coalition highlights the decline in rail accidents during the past decade and calls for more people and goods to travel by rail to continue the positive safety trend. The report,...

ntsb-unveils-two-year-most-wanted-list
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) unveiled its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List, implementing a new two-year cycle as opposed to the annual one previously used. NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart explained the two-year cycle will help the...
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Watco Companies, LLC (Watco), and Kinder Morgan Terminals (KMT) have established a definitive agreement for Watco to purchase 20 U.S. bulk terminal operations.     The move will expand Watco’s terminal operations to include 73 locations. The new...
tpw-begins-unit-train-service-to-pacific-ethanol-facility
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) and Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway (TPW), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. (GWI), began unit train service Nov. 14 from PEIX’s Pekin, Ill., plant.     “This unit-train solution enables us to...
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Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. (HRSI), has named James Hansen chief commercial officer, where he will report directly to HRSI President Rob Crawford. Hansen will handle all marketing duties for Herzog's track-related divisions including HRSI, Herzog Technologies,...
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Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have completed construction for the season for Wolverine Service trains, with more work scheduled in the New Year.   The completed work adds to improvements of state-owned railroad infrastructure...