The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) broke ground August 29 on the new Cermak Green Line station, a $50-million construction project that will energize the area around McCormick Place and provide an additional transportation option for the Near South Side.
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $385 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Missouri and Kansas this year.
Union Pacific and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon have signed a master access agreement and a memorandum of understanding.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation is looking for someone to fill the position of president and chief executive officer.
OmniTRAX, Inc., hired Pierre-Luc Mathieu as chief strategy officer. In his role, Mathieu will have the primary responsibility for strategy development, service expansion, new market entry and mergers and acquisitions processes.
At the request of the U.S. Department of State, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, Colo., hosted a high-level Ethiopian delegation on August 20 to research transit solutions to improve the availability, quality and efficient delivery of transportation services to the disabled in their nation.
"We are pleased to respond to this request from the state department's International Visitor Leadership Program," stated Phil Washington, RTD general manager. "It is humbling to be recognized both in America and internationally for our light-rail system and how we continue to pursue ways to improve transportation delivery to disabled community members."
Delegation members represent the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), the Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau and the National Association of Physical Handicap. ERC officials have expressed interest in ensuring that the light-rail transport now under construction, the first in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be a state-of-the-art facility and meet internationally accepted disability standards.
In Chicago, Metra has selected Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operations Officer Donald Orseno, a lifelong railroader, as the interim executive director/CEO.
Vossloh AG is stepping up its presence in North America and opening a production plant for its rail fastening systems in the U.S. The fitting out of the facility will start in the third quarter of 2013, with plant commissioning followed by regular production scheduled to begin after mid-2014. There will be 50 new jobs at the plant in Waco, Texas.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) have said that Colton Crossing, a project that will unlock delays at a major rail crossing in Southern California, has been delivered significantly under budget and ahead of schedule.
The state of New Jersey is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy to design NJ TransitGrid, a first-of-its-kind electrical microgrid capable of supplying highly-reliable power during storms or other times when the traditional centralized grid is compromised.