The risk of pedestrian and bicycle accidents at railroad grade crossings would decrease with sustained enforcement and education by local governments, along with consistency in design standards for warning devices, according to a study by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has accepted Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit's (SMART) segment from San Rafael to Larkspur, Calif., into the Project Development phase of its "Small Starts" funding program.
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $145 million on maintenance and rail capacity expansion projects in Illinois this year.
A critical first step was taken towards preserving a right-of-way for new rail tunnels under the Hudson River designed to withstand future flooding with the start of construction of an 800-foot concrete casing at the Hudson Yards facility in the heart of Manhattan. Construction of the concrete casing is expected to be complete in October 2015.
Norfolk Southern appointed seven executives to new management responsibilities.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has created a Blue Ribbon Panel of six railroad and transportation experts to examine the circumstances behind recent safety-related incidents at Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit (NYCT).
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) South Coast Rail proposal to establish passenger rail service between Boston and the cities of New Bedford and Fall River, Mass.
Norfolk Southern named Marta Stewart executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective November 1. She will report to NS President James Squires.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has begun restoration work on the historic Southern Pacific Lankershim/North Hollywood train depot as construction crews work to rehab the facility throughout the coming year.
BNSF plans to invest an estimated $95 million on maintenance and rail capacity improvement and expansion projects in Minnesota this year.