Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

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The South Dakota Department of Transportation's 2012 Mitchell to Chamberlain (MRC) Railroad Rehabilitation project has won regional acclaim in the America's Transportation Awards competition.

Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have written to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn regarding installation of positive train control (PTC) by the end of 2015.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a $24.9-million contract to Crowder Construction Co. to construct railroad roadbed along a 12-mile segment of the North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern corridor. The work will span from north of Rocky River Road in Concord to Orr Road in Charlotte.

Union Pacific will strengthen Iowa's and Missouri's transportation infrastructure by investing $10.5 million in the rail line between Allerton, Iowa, and Lock Springs, Mo.

Another $40 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) funding was allocated to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Project by the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded a $15-million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to design and construct a new train station in Rochester, N.Y.

Virginia has entered into a cost-sharing partnership with Amtrak, where Virginia will be assuming greater costs associated with making intercity passenger rail service available to communities between Washington, D.C., and Lynchburg, Newport News and Norfolk, including Richmond.

CSX purchased the Eastern Associated Terminal in Tampa, Fla., from the Ingram Barge Company. The phosphate export facility is adjacent to CSX's Rockport terminal on Tampa Bay and the combined entity will be called Rockport Terminals.

Union Pacific will strengthen Iowa's transportation infrastructure by investing nearly $8 million in the rail line between Mason City and near Iowa Falls. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific, began August 6 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and its commuter rail contractor Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail (MBCR) completed the acquisition of CSX rail lines on which Worcester/Framingham passenger trains travel, opening up the line to increased service opportunities.

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